Scots complete the double over Auckland

Lizzie Sleet @CricketScotland
September 26, 2017 6 years
Scots complete the double over Auckland
Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross head out for the Scotland reply

The touring Scots defeated Auckland in their second practice match at the Bill Pippen Oval on Tuesday by three wickets.

Auckland won their second toss of the tour and elected to bat first, with spinner Mark Watt and Safyaan Sharif opening the bowling.

Watt was the first to strike in the 8th over as he had Glenn Phillips caught by Michael Leask for 16. Watt soon repaid the favour as he held on to a catch off the bowling of Leask with the score 37/2.

Mark O’Donnell (57) and Craig Cachopa (75) rebuilt the Auckland innings with a partnership worth 90 before both falling to Richie Berrington.

Berrington, fresh from his score of 145 in the first match between the sides, struck again to remove Ben Horne and M Barry to return with figures of 4/51 from 10 overs.

Chris Sole claimed two wickets at the end of the innings as Auckland were dismissed for 254 in the 49th over.

In reply, Matthew Cross led from the front with 51 from 62 deliveries after Kyle Coetzer (16) and Calum MacLeod (23) had departed with the score on 96/2.

Good middle order contributions between Con de Lange (29), Craig Wallace (31) helped get the Scots towards the total before Sharif (27) George Munsey (43*) sealed the win with a 63 run partnership, surpassing their opponents score with 3 wickets to spare in the 48th over.

Grant Bradburn said, “It’s been two very impressive performances over the two games against Auckland. To adjust to travel, time-zones, heat and foreign conditions was a major challenge over the past four days. The players have embraced those challenges superbly and have kicked into gear straight away, which is something we have trained hard for.

“The week of training and games here will serve us well with a plan of arriving in Papua New Guinea ‘game ready’.

The squad now leave the Gold Coast and head to Port Moresby to play Papua New Guinea in an Intercontinental Cup encounter and two World Cricket League matches.

Intercontinental Cup Sunday 1 – 4 October, Port Moresby
World Cricket League 6th October (reserve 7th) Port Moresby
World Cricket League 8th October (reserve 9th), Port Moresby

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