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May 22, 2024 3 weeks
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Scotland Men secured their first win of the tri-series with a comfortable 71-run win over the Netherlands.

After posting 158-7 behind a brutal 72 from George Munsey, Scotland got on top of the Netherlands from the first over of the reply, taking three wickets in the opening three overs before the Dutch slumped to 87 all out, Mark Watt finishing with excellent figures of 4-12.

Scotland, inserted by the Netherlands, started brightly as Oli Hairs looked to open up the offside early on, finding the boundary on three occasions by creating room and hitting over the infield.

However, he would depart in the fifth over for 15, Michael Levitt taking a sharp catch off the bowling of Logan Van Been.

The introduction of Tim Pringle in the first over after the powerplay saw George Munsey launch onto the attack, striking three of his first four deliveries for huge sixes over the leg-side.

Munsey, who had been dropped early on by Levitt, was making the Dutch pay, hoisting Kyle Klein for six as he and Charlie Tear added 51 for the second wicket.

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With the total on 73, Logan Van Beek would strike twice in three balls to peg Scotland back, bowling Tear (9), before Richie Berrington (0) edged behind to Scott Edwards.

Munsey would reach his half-century, his 11th in T20 internationals, from 31 deliveries with another glorious boundary, lofting Klein over mid-off for four.

He struck further sixes off Klein and De Leede, before eventually succumbing to Vivian Kingma, caught deep on the leg-side by Van Beek for 72.

Michael Leask started his innings in style, striking his third ball for a sumptuous six straight down the ground off Klein; the Netherlands quick would soon gain his revenge, bowling the Scottish all-rounder for nine.

Matthew Cross would then fall for 14 from the penultimate ball of the 16th over to Tim Pringle, as Scotland were reduced to 128-6.

Chris Greaves and Mark Watt advanced the score to 140 before Greaves (5) departed attempting to sweep Bas De Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht taking a steepling catch in the deep.

Watt would strike a couple of late blows to add some much-needed impetus to the Scotland innings, hitting De Leede for four and six as he lifted his side up to 158-7, finishing unbeaten on 19.

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Scotland carried that momentum through to the Dutch reply as they made the perfect start to their defence, Leask striking in the opening over, as he trapped Vikramjit Singh (3) in front.

The Netherlands were 7-2 when Chris Sole took a sharp return catch from just his second ball to send Levitt on his way for just 1.

Brad Currie made it a hat-trick of Scotland bowlers to strike in their opening over as he removed Engelbrecht with an unplayable delivery that struck the top of off-stump.

De Leede and Edwards began to regain some momentum for the Dutch, the former striking Chris Sole for consecutive boundaries, whilst Edwards took 14 off the final over of the powerplay from Gavin Main.

The pair advanced the score to 61 before Chris Greaves made the breakthrough with his first ball, striking De Leede on his back pad as he departed for 27.

Wesley Barresi lasted just two deliveries before falling in the same fashion, as the Netherlands had slumped to 61-5.

Edwards was the next to depart, holing out to Sole at long on off Currie for 29, and with him went any realistic chance the Netherlands had of chasing down the Scotland total.

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When Watt struck to remove Pringle (1), also caught at long on by Sole, the Dutch had fallen to 73-3 in the 13th over.

And Watt would bring the innings to a swift conclusion in his following over, striking three times in four deliveries to remove Aryan Dutt (7), Klein (0) and Kingma (0), the Netherlands slumping to 87 all out.


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