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Steindl relief at four-wicket win

Scotland coach Pete Steindl pays tribute to Neil McCallum and Majid Haq

Steindl relief at four-wicket win - Cricket News
Relieved Scotland coach Pete Steindl paid tribute to Neil McCallum and Majid Haq for averting disaster in their ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands in Deventer.

Needing just 77 to complete I-Cup victory over Holland, the Scots suffered one of their worst-ever collapses after slumping to 6-5 and then 18-6. However, McCallum and Haq notched 34 each to steady the ship and put the Saltires just one win away from a place in the final.

Steindl said: "We were in a very precarious situation and at 6-5 it wasn't looking good.

"The only thing that kept me believing was that we bat all the way down.

"All it needed was two guys to keep their heads, be positive and put on a partnership.

"Thankfully Neil and Maj did that and we got the 20 points that we came here for."

"This has got to be a lesson that you can't just turn up on any given day and expect things to happen.

"You have to make them happen and we need to develop a more ruthless streak.

"But we are delighted to be back at the top of the table and we will re-group for our match with Afghanistan later in the summer."

The rot had set in when Dougie Lockhart was trapped in front off the first ball of Scotland's second innings.

Worse followed when Preston Mommsen was caught behind of Berend Westdijk for 2 and Jonkman ripped through Qasim Sheikh's defences for 1. It became 4-4 when Jonkman picked up his third wicket, Richie Berrington, also for a single.

The Dutch destroyer then cleaned-up Gregor Maiden for a duck to make it 6-5 and then bowled Matty Parker as the Scots stared at disaster on 18-6.

However McCallum and Haq steadied the ship with a couple of watchful overs before Haq relieved the pressure with back-to-back boundaries off Peter Borren.

McCallum also opened out to hoist a Jonkman delivery over long-off for six as the Saltires closed-in on their target. Both batsmen finished unbeaten on 34 with Haq, who stroked seven boundaries, scoring at better than a run-a-ball.

Earlier a sloppy display in the field allowed the Dutch to add 90 crucial runs to their overnight score.

Scotland had started the day needing to pick up the final two wickets for less than thirteen runs to avoid having to bat again.

Instead home skipper Borren laid into some wayward bowling on his way to a brilliant century.

Borren had watched wickets fall all around him as the Scots claimed the initiative on Saturday afternoon.

But he found support from Peter Seelaar (30no) who helped him add 67 for the ninth wicket as Scotland lost their way.

Borren tormented the Scottish bowlers with 11 boundaries and five punishing sixes in his 192-ball 109.

He was eventually caught by McCallum off Parker who then bowled Berend Westdijk to finish with 3-56.

Despite falling cheaply amid the mayhem, the young Forfarshire all-rounder could be pleased with his first-class debut which featured seven wickets and a first innings 65.

Victory puts the Scots on top of the seven-team I-Cup table and within touching distance of reaching their first final since 2004.

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