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10 February 201508:40

Machan, Evans power Scotland to big win

Ireland subsides to 117 all out in pursuit of tall 297-run target in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 warm-up match

Machan, Evans power Scotland to big win - Cricket News

Matt Machan powered his way to a 108-ball 103, helping his side reach 296 for 6.

Scotland's all-round brilliance in the seventh warm-up match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 took the side to a 179-run win against Ireland on Tuesday (February 10). Matt Machan was Scotland’s star, hitting a 108-ball 103 to power the side to a dominant 296 for 6 after it elected to bat first at the Blacktown Olympic Park Oval in Sydney. Alasdair Evans then picked up 4 for 17 to keep Ireland down to 117 all out in 27 overs.

Machan resurrected the innings skillfully, having walked in with his team 42 for 2 after Max Sorensen struck early by prising out Kyle Coetzer for 0 before trapping Hamish Gardiner leg before for 12.

Calum MacLeod combined with Machan to add a steadying 44 runs for the third wicket, but George Dockrell had MacLeod caught for 41. Machan then associated with Preston Mommsen, the captain, for the first of two defining partnerships in the match.

The duo put on 96 for the fourth wicket off 123 balls before Sorensen struck for a third time when he had Mommsen caught for 56.

Richie Berrington (52 off 40) then joined Machan for a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket that changed the course of the innings. The partnership, which came off just 60 balls, negated Ireland's early advantage and pushed Scotland towards a formidable total.

It was Craig Young who broke the stand when he castled Machan. But by then, Machan had stroked his way to a fantastic century, studded with six fours and four sixes.

Sorensen was the main striker for Ireland, taking 3 for 55 runs from 10 overs. Young finished with 2 for 30 off six, while Dockrell had the lone scalp of MacLeod.

Ireland's chase began on a positive note, William Porterfield (23), the captain, and Paul Stirling (37) putting on 57 for the opening wicket in 11.5 overs. Once Evans provided the breakthrough though, Scotland had an advantage which it didn't let slip. Ireland lost nine wickets for 60 runs, with only Gary Wilson going into double figures among the rest of the batsmen..

Scotland hunted in a pack with the ball. While Evans was the pick of the lot, Majid Haq was the most economical, his four overs costing just nine runs apart from fetching him three wickets. Josh Davey returned 3 for 36 off his seven, while Iain Wardlaw, Scotland's new-ball bowler, finished with 1 for 36 off six.