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Coleman, Wardlaw star in big Scotland win

Nepal falls 90 runs short after Scotland posts 249 for 7 in Group A game

Coleman, Wardlaw star in big Scotland win - Cricket News
Freddie Coleman scored an unbeaten 64 to help Scotland post 249 for 7.
Freddie Coleman scored an unbeaten 64 before Iain Wardlaw scalped three wickets as Scotland cruised to its first win in Group A of the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier by beating Nepal by 90 runs at Queenstown Events Centre in Otago on Thursday (January 16).
After being put in to bat, Scotland got off to a steady start with a 48-run opening stand between Kyle Coetzer, the captain, and Calum MacLeod. After Coetzer’s dismissal off the penultimate ball of the tenth over, MacLeod (46) put up a 38-run stand with Matt Machan (37). However, following the dismissals of MacLeod and Machan, Scotland’s scoring rate saw a dip with the 46-run stand between Preston Mommsen and Freddie Coleman that followed taking 76 balls.
With just 156 on the board after 36.5 overs and Mommsen back in the hut, Scotland suffered a collapse, slipping to 190 for 7 with just 5.5 overs remaining.
However, Coleman fought on, and with the help of Safyaan Sharif, who played a cameo of 25 off 17 balls, took Scotland’s total to 249 for 7. Coleman remained unbeaten on 64 off 67 balls, hitting four boundaries and a six in his innings.
Sompal Kami, the right-arm medium pacer, took three crucial wickets and finished with figures of 3 for 35 from eight overs. Sagar Pun, the offspinner, returned figures of 2 for 38 off his ten overs, while Shakti Gauchan and Basant Regmi took a wicket apiece.
Scotland’s bowlers didn’t allow Nepal’s batsmen to settle down at any stage. Gyanendra Malla (34) and Sharad Vesawkar (30) got off to decent starts, but Nepal needed one of the two to carry on and make a big contribution, which they failed to do.
The lack of partnerships – the 36-run stand between Vesawkar and Prithu Baskota for the fifth wicket was the highest – meant that it was a matter of time before Nepal fell apart.
Wardlaw completed the formalities with the first ball of the 47th over when he had Jitendra Mukhiya dismissed, as Nepal folded for 159. Wardlaw took 3 for 32 in 8.1 overs. Rob Taylor, who opened the bowling, returned figures of 2 for 27 in nine overs, Majid Haq, the offspinner, conceded just 24 in his ten overs while taking two wickets, while Sharif and Coetzer picked up a wicket each.
After opening the tournament with a loss against Hong Kong, Scotland will look to carry its winning form into the game against United Arab Emirates on January 19, while Nepal will look to register its first win in the tournament against Hong Kong on the same day.

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