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Canterbury beats Scotland by four wickets

Kyle Coetzer shines with 92-ball 83, but visiting side falls short in high-scoring game

Canterbury beats Scotland by four wickets - Cricket News
Scotland's fifth match in its ICC High Performance tour of Australia and New Zealand at Christchurch on Friday (October 17) ended in a four-wicket loss to Canterbury, but the visiting side didn't go down without a fight.

Choosing to bat first, Scotland rode on Kyle Coetzer’s 92-ball 83 to post a competitive total of 270 for 7 in 50 overs, but a collective effort from Canterbury ensured the target was chased down with three overs to spare.

Hamish Gardiner (24) and Callum MacLeod (20) got Scotland off to a solid start, accumulating 49 runs for the first wicket. However, Canterbury's bowlers struck thrice in the next ten overs to reduce Scotland to 87 for 3.
Preston Mommsen, who scored a patient 74-ball 55, hung around with Coetzer as the duo propelled the team towards a big score, adding 85 runs for the fourth wicket. Mommsen, however, was bowled by Andrew Ellis in the 38th over. 
Coetzer then collaborated with Michael Leask (18) for a brisk 55-run stand to help Scotland go past the 250-mark, while Ellis starred with the ball for Canterbury, returning figures of 4 for 47.
In reply, Canterbury started well but soon found itself in a spot of bother with the scoreboard reading 124 for 5, and 147 runs still needed for a win.
But the Scotland bowlers had no answers to the 81-run partnership between Cam Fletcher and Neil Broom (68), which eventually put Canterbury on the path to victory.

Fletcher, who remained unbeaten with a 63-ball 73, wrapped up the chase alongside Todd Astle (45 off 39 balls).
Scotland, which has lost four games and won one, will take on Wellington in its next match on Monday.

To see the scorecard and review the Canterbury v Scotland match in full, please click here.