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Machan stars in Scotland win

Namibia falls 21 runs short in rain-affected fixture

Machan stars in Scotland win - Cricket News
Scotland's win over Namibia consolidates its position to No. 2 on the points table.
Scotland registered a 21-run victory over Namibia in a Super Sixes fixture of the ICC World Cup Qualifier at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln on Monday (January 27) to consolidate to No. 2 position on the points table.
 
Rob Taylor's twin strikes reduced Namibia to 59 for 2 in 12.1 overs in reply to Scotland’s 279 for 9 when rain stopped play on Sunday. Resuming on the reserve day, Namibia put up a valiant effort but fell short, finishing at 258 for 9.
 
After Scotland opted to bat on Sunday, Matt Machan rose to the occasion by scoring a swashbuckling 61-ball 78 and sharing an 82-run stand for the third wicket with Preston Mommsen, the captain, to set the platform for a strong total.
 
But what looked like a 300-plus total at one stage was restricted by Bernard Scholtz, the left-arm spinner, who picked up three vital wickets in the middle overs. Richie Berrington, who made 51, resurrected the innings along with Mommsen (46) and Freddie Coleman (32) for Scotland to finish strongly. 
 
Stephan Baard started positively for Namibia, but the wickets of Louis van der Westhuizen and Sarel Burger, the captain, pegged it back.
 
Nicolaas Scholtz (38) and Craig Williams (57) shared an 80-run stand for the fourth wicket to put Namibia on track, but Safyaan Sharif removed both batsmen in successive overs to dent its chances further. When Sharif had his third wicket by dismissing Christi Viljoen in his third over, Namibia's chances sank.
 
Jaen Kotze and JJ Smit shared a quickfire 39-run stand in 3.2 overs for the eighth wicket to give Namibia an outside chance, but it fell short when Smit was dismissed in the penultimate over after a 20-ball 38.
 
Scotland takes on Papua New Guinea and Namibia takes on Hong Kong on Tuesday.

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