06 March 2015
Kyle Coetzer, Scotland’s trailblazer at CWC ‘15
Preston Mommsen praises Scotland's first World Cup centurion, says the team is proud of what Coetzer achieved and will take confidence from his performance
Kyle Coetzer's century against Bangladesh in Nelson was a display of maturity and skill.
Scotland vice-captain Kyle Coetzer produced one of the best batting performances of the tournament against Bangladesh with a superb 156 from 134 balls, breaking the record for highest World Cup score by an Associate player.
It was the first World Cup century by a Scotland player, a career-high score for Coetzer, the overall third highest score by an Associate batsman in ODIs and the highest against a full member nation.
Unfortunately for Coetzer and for Scotland, it was also the highest World Cup total from a player on a losing side, after Bangladesh pulled off the second-highest run chase in tournament history in scoring 322-4.
The ton, which featured 16 fours and four sixes, was a continuation of the good form Coetzer has shown in recent months, adding to the crucial 71 he scored in Christchurch against England.
A County Cricket player for Northamptonshire, his innings in Nelson was a display of maturity and skill.Coetzer was rightly named Player of the Match for his efforts. Not only that, he currently leads the World Cup tally for the most fours scored this tournament with 33 – three ahead of Kumar Sangakkara.
“As a team, we're very proud of what he achieved out there,” Scotland captain Preston Mommsen said following the match.
“It was a fantastic I was fortunate to spend a lot of time out there with him, especially through that period where he accelerated perfectly and timed his innings perfectly.
“So the guys will take a lot of confidence from his performance, will enjoy his performance.
“We're very proud of his performance, and hopefully the people back home are also very proud of that.”
Coetzer, 30, was also one of the form batsmen of Scotland’s acclimatisation tour of Australia and New Zealand late last year, when he scored 333 runs at an average of 55.50, the highest tally of any player from the four World Cup qualifiers.
Previously Scotland captain before being succeeded by Mommsen last year, Coetzer has long been part of his country’s cricket set-up, having played at an international level from under-15s onwards before making his senior debut in 2003.
After disappointing showings with the bat against New Zealand and England, Scotland’s batsmen finally delivered a performance in Nelson that showed that the Associate team’s batsmen are capable of.
Supporting Coetzer were Mommsen (39), Matt Machan (35) and Richie Berrington (26) Scotland’s 318-8 far eclipsed its previous highest ODI total against a Test-playing nation – 211 scored against England in 2010.
Described by Mommsen as the “best prepared Scotland team that's left the shores”, Scotland is still fighting to claim its long-awaited maiden World Cup victory, but there is no doubting the team has fought hard this tournament.
With 15 fully contracted players, Scotland made New Zealand’s batsmen work chasing 143 in Dunedin, while its match against Afghanistan went down to the final over.
Two opportunities remain for Scotland to secure a World Cup win in 2015.
Their opponents – Sri Lanka and Australia - are formidable, but do not expect Mommsen’s men to give up without a fight.
“We’ve still got two big games to look ahead to,” Mommsen said.
“Two very exciting fixtures, obviously playing against two top nations, so the boys are very excited for that. We're going to have to pick up our heads and move on and hopefully Hobart is a good venue for us.”
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