Scotland wicketkeeper/batter Matthew Cross believes the frustrating end to Friday’s match will fire the team up ahead of their Wolf777 T20 Series decider versus Zimbabwe at The Grange this afternoon (2pm).
The Scots went 1-0 up on Wednesday with a seven run win and two days later they looked like they might make it 2-0 in the three match series when Cross, Richie Berrington and then Michael Leask were at the crease.
However, credit to the Zimbabwean bowlers and fielders, they kept it very tight in the last three overs or so as Scotland tried to chase 137 to win and the visitors eventually won by 10 runs.
That made it 1-1 to set-up today’s decider in Edinburgh and Heriot’s man Cross, the 28-year-old who made 42 runs on Friday, said: “We know that we had a really good chance of going on and getting the win on Friday and wrapping up the series, but it wasn’t to be and we are kicking ourselves a bit for that.
“Although we lost a few early wickets in our reply, when myself and guys like Richie and Michael were in we felt like we could get over the line while we also know that those bellow us in the batting line-up can do a job.
“Zimbabwe bowled and fielded well, but it was maybe one that we let get away from us and we have had to refocus and get ourselves mentally prepared for the third game.
“We head off soon for a spell abroad so we want to end this week of games at home on a high.
“After such a long time, it has been so good to have been able to play international matches in Scotland again and it has made us all realise, if we needed it, just how lucky we are to represent our country on a regular basis.
“As a squad we feel like we are in a really good place just now. We have all had to bide our time over the last 18 months or so, but we have trained hard and kept each other going and we are a close-knit bunch.
“We are looking forward to going to Oman next and if we can go there having won a T20 series against a team of the calibre of Zimbabwe then that would give us a real boost.
“Right now, the only thing we are focused on is this third game of the series.”