Scotland joins PNG, UAE on four points in Super Six stage
Scotland has recorded a hard-fought 21-runs victory over Namibia on the second day of play in the Super Six encounter in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ) at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, on Monday.
Namibia resumed at 59 for two after rain stopped play after 12.1 overs of its innings on Sunday to prevent a result. Stephan Baard returned to the crease on 28 not out, and added eight runs before being run out in the 15th over. The day’s innings was anchored by 29-year-old Craig Williams (57), who put on an 80-runs fourth-wicket stand with Nicolaas Scholtz (38), before Gerrie Snyman added 22 and number nine JJ Smit smashed 38.
However, the day belonged to Scotland’s Safyaan Sharif, who took four wickets for 55 runs as Namibia fell short of its target.
On Sunday, Scotland posted 279 for nine from its 50 overs thanks to a quick-fire 78 from 22-year-old Matt Machan. Richard Berrington (51), Preston Mommsen (46) and Freddie Coleman (32) ensured that the Scotland scoreboard kept ticking over.
Bernard Scholtz and Nicolaas Scholtz were the main wicket-takers for Namibia, claiming five wickets between them.
Scotland now moves into second place on the Super Six table with four points, behind the United Arab Emirates on net run-rate.
Man of the match Machan said his performance was a reflection of a strong team showing. “I’m delighted to get man of the match (award), but I think all round it was a great team effort. Hopefully we can build on this win and come back tomorrow against PNG.”
“It was slightly tough to play the game over two days, but we actually did it in the summer against Kenya in Scotland, so most of the guys have done it before and it wasn’t too taxing.”
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen was thrilled that his side was able to back up its strong batting performance in the field today. “Coming back today was a bit difficult, they had a really good partnership together, and we struggled to get a breakthrough. But I think Sharif had a brilliant spell towards the back end, and I think that’s what won us the game.”
The skipper was particularly pleased with the number of Scotland batsmen making meaningful contributions. “I think the batters are scoring runs, which has been a problem for us in the past. We are obviously still missing our regular skipper, Kyle Coetzer, but the other guys are standing in brilliantly and going on to meaningful scores. Matt Machan batted brilliantly, so that set us up for this game.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s match against Papua New Guinea, Mommsen said: “I think it’s a new surface which will hopefully suit us with our new ball bowlers, it might make it difficult for them to score, because we know they like scoring quickly. Hopefully we can come at them hard with our pace attack.”
Namibia skipper Sarel Burger said his side will be aiming to bounce back for tomorrow’s match against Hong Kong. “It didn’t go our way, but in these tournaments it’s a big thing to keep your head up and keep going, but there were a couple of individual performances that are great to see and we’re keeping positive and looking forward to the game tomorrow.”
“I think it’s good to keep the momentum going and the guys are in the groove at the moment, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow,” he said.
Scores in brief:
At Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, South Island
Scotland 279 for nine, 50 overs (Matt Machan 78, Richard Berrington 51, Preston Mommsen 46, Freddie Coleman 32; Bernard Scholtz 3-55, Nicolaas Scholtz 2-53)
Namibia 258 for nine, 50 overs (Craig Williams 57, Nicolaas Scholtz 38, Stephan Baard 36; Safyaan Sharif 4-55, Rob Taylor 2-47)
Result: Scotland won by 21 runs
Man of the Match: Matt Machan (Scotland)
Super Six Points Table
* each team carried forward its points from the group stage that it won against other Super Six teams
Schedule for play-off matches and Super Six stage (matches start at 1030 local time, except for matches at Bay Oval 2, which start at 1100 local time)
Tuesday 28 January
Hong Kong v Namibia, Rangiora Oval, Christchurch, South Island
UAE v Kenya, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, South Island
PNG v Scotland, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, South Island
Netherlands v Canada, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, North Island
Nepal v Uganda, Bay Oval 2, Mount Maunganui, North Island (starting at 1100)
Thursday 30 January
UAE v Namibia, Rangiora Oval, Christchurch, South Island
Scotland v Kenya, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, South Island (ODI)
PNG v Hong Kong, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, South Island
* Monday, 27 January and Wednesday, 29 January are reserve days.