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Scotland clinches thriller against Tasmania

Afghanistan, Ireland suffer defeats in the ICC High Performance Programme Tour of Australia and New Zealand

Scotland clinches thriller against Tasmania - Cricket News
Scotland defeated Tasmania Tigers by 10 runs to clinch a nail-bitting thriller.

Scotland, playing its second match of the ICC High Performance Programme Tour of Australia and New Zealand, registered a thrilling ten-run win over Tasmania Tigers, while Afghanistan and Ireland suffered defeats on Thursday (October 23).

Needing 13 runs to win the match, Michael Leask dismissed Timm van der Gugten and Andrew Fekete in the final over, to pull off a win for Scotland. Tasmania, who beat Scotland in the previous match by 186 runs, got off to a decent start but was soon reduced to 67 for 4 before Jordan Silk (79) and Sean Willis (38) stitched together a 105-run stand for the fifth wicket to bring the innings back on track.

However, Willis was dismissed in the 37th over, and Leask cleaned up the tail to end with figures of 3 for 50. Alasdair Evans was also amongst the wicket, returning figures of 3 for 35.

Earlier, when Scotland was asked to bat, Gugten and Fekete nipped out Kyle Coetzer (1) and Callum MacLeod (4). Hamish Gardiner (46) and Preston Mommsen (25) tried to rebuild the innings with a 39-run stand, taking the score to 59, before Hamish Kingston dismissed Mommsen in the 18th over.

A 51-run stand between Gardiner and Richie Berrington (30) and some late hitting from Matty Cross (64 not out) helped Scotland post 244 for 8, that proved enough to edge past Tasmania.

To see the scorecard and review the Tasmania v Scotland XI match in full, please click here

Upcoming Fixtures
9 October – Scotland v Queensland
15 October – Scorland v New Zealand XI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln 
17 October – Scorland v Canterbury, Hagley Oval, Christchurh
22 October – Scorland v Otago

Elsewhere, at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane, Queensland flattened Ireland by 151 runs as the visitors lost its second consecutive match of the tour.

Some breathtaking hitting from James Bazley (90 off 58 balls), after Queensland chose to bat, powered the side to 289 all out in 47 overs before Ireland was bowled out for 138 in 33.2 overs.

Queensland got off to a poor start, losing its top three batsmen for 32 runs. Jason Floros (30), the captain, and Simon Milenko (41) came to the rescue, scoring 70 runs for the fourth wicket to help the team cross the 100-run mark. Peter Chase then bowled Milenko in the 25th over to further reduce the side to 110 for 5. 

But it was the innings of Bazley and Jack Wildermuth (52 off 43) that helped Queensland post a competitive total.

Alister McDermott and Scott Walter then ran through Ireland's top order to leave it tottering at 17 for 5. Only Craig Young (37) and Chase (4) put up a fight, adding 41 runs for the last wicket before the game was done and dusted.  McDermott ended with figures of 4 for 13 while Walter chipped in with three wickets for just nine runs.

To see the scorecard and review the Queensland v Ireland XI match in full, please click here

Upcoming Fixtures

7 October – Ireland v ACT XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra (day/night)
9 October – Ireland v ACT XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra
16 October – Ireland v Northern Districts, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day/night)
18 October – Ireland v New Zealand XI, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day/night)
21 October – Ireland v Canterbury, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
23 October – Ireland v Otago, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

In the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, a splendid century from Anaru Kitchen, coupled with a four-for from Tarun Nethula handed Auckland a commanding 177-run win against Afghanistan.

Chasing 315 for victory, Afghanistan struggled to put together a significant partnership. After early strikes from pacers Kyle Mills and Donovan Grobbelar, Nethula cleaned up the tail to return figures of 4 for 50 in 8.1 overs. Afsar Zazai (42) and Asghar Stanikzai (32) had little support as Afghanistan was bowled out for 137 in 33.1 overs. 

Earlier, Auckland elected to bat first, and Kitchen led the way with a 136-ball 148, ably supported by Rob Nicol (42) and Jeet Raval (39). Shapoor Zadran bowled well, bagging four wickets for 77 runs in his 10 overs, but the New Zealand side feasted on the bowling to post a massive 314 for 9. Shapoor Zadran picked up 4 for 77, but it was a total that turned out to be far too many for Afghanistan to chase in the end.

To see the scorecard and review the Auckland v Afghanistan XI match in full, please click here

4 October - Afghanistan v Auckland, Mt Mauganui
7 October - Afghanistan v Nothern Districts, Mt Mauganui
9 October - Afghanistan v Nothern Districts, Mt Mauganui

To see all the fixtures for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 just click here.

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