Game 1: Ireland 259/8 (50 overs) K O’Brien 62, Balbernie 44, Sharif 3/39, against Scotland 87/3 (18.3 overs) Cross 54*, Match Abandoned: Rain
Game 2: Netherlands 289 ao (50 overs) van der Merwe 103, ten Doeschate 52, Edwards 55, Watt 2/30, T Sole 2/53, lost to Scotland 292/3 (49 overs) Berrington 87*, Munsey 73*, by 7 wickets
Scotland got their tour underway with two practice matches this week in Pretoria ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.
Tuesday’s match against Ireland saw the rain interrupt proceedings after the Scots had bowled out their Celtic foes in a 50 over encounter.
Bowling first, the Scots had initially had their opponents in a bit of trouble as they found themselves 155/5 before Singh (35) and Kevin O’Brien (62) led their response with the bat.
Some late contributions from Tim Murtagh and Peter Chase ensured Ireland concluded on 259/8. Safyaan Sharif bowled an excellent spell as he returned with 2/40 from his 10 overs, while Mark Watt, Michael Leask and MacLeod all collected a wicket each.
However, the rain was to force a premature end with Scotland 87/3, with Cross unbeaten on 54, and 10 runs behind the par-score the match was abandoned.
The second fixture against the Netherlands proved to be a high run-scoring affair which resulted in a convincing win for Kyle Coetzer’s men.
Again, the opposition batted first with Edwards and Ten Doeschate both contributing half-centuries. Rolfe van der Merwe then struck a century in just 57 deliveries as the Netherlands posted 289 with their final batsman out from the final ball of the innings.
There were solid contributions with the ball from spinners Mark Watt (2/30) and Tom Sole (2/53).
In reply, half-centuries from openers Matthew Cross (59) and captain Coetzer (54) set the tone before a Richie Berrington (87) and George Munsey (65) added a stand worth 153 to ensure they would get over the line still with an over to spare.
The win will be a good morale boost for the squad as they depart for Bulawayo for their two official warm-up games against Papua New Guinea and Ireland.