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Evans, Cross star in comfortable Scotland win

Bowlers hunt in a pack to dismiss Nepal for 167 before Cross's unbeaten half-century gives Scotland nine-wicket win on reserve day

Evans, Cross star in comfortable Scotland win - Cricket News
Scotland picked up a nine-wicket win via the Duckworth-Lewis method, getting to 111 for 1 in just 13.5 overs.
Scotland rode on an unbeaten half-century from Matthew Cross (51 not out), the wicketkeeper batsman, and a match-winning spell of 3 for 18 in 10 overs from Alasdair Evans, the right-arm medium fast bowler, to register its second successive win over Nepal in the ICC World Cricket League Championship on Saturday (August 1). 

After inserting Nepal, Scotland's bowlers backed up the decision of Preston Mommsen, the captain, by bowling Nepal out for 167 in 49.1 overs on Friday. 

Rain delayed the start of the chase and resulted in the match being reduced a 22-over affair, with Scotland set a revised target of 110. Scotland was 15 for no loss after 1.4 overs before the heavens opened up again at Cambusdoon New Ground, Ayr, pushing the match into the reserve day. 

George Munsey (40 not out) and Cross ensured Scotland crossed the line without much hassle when play resumed on Saturday as Scotland picked up a nine-wicket win via the Duckworth-Lewis method, getting to 111 for 1 in just 13.5 overs. 

Things did not begin well for Scotland, who lost Kyle Coetzer early in the day, when Sompal Kami had the batsman castled for 7.

Munsey and Cross then kept the Nepal bowlers at bay, while ensuring they maintained a very healthy scoring rate, putting on 91 runs for the second wicket in just 69 balls. 

Cross went inside out over covers to collect a couple and bring up his half-century off 36 balls, before Munsey wrapped up the game with a boundary. Munsey struck five fours and two sixes, while Cross finished with four boundaries and two hits over the fence. 

While Kami was the only Nepal bowler who picked up a wicket, he leaked 35 runs in four overs. 

When Nepal began its innings, Evans dented it early with the scalp of Mahesh Chhetri, the wicketkeeper batsman, who was caught by Munsey for 3. 

Thereafter, there were no big partnerships as Scotland's bowlers kept chipping away. 

A 33-run stand for the fifth wicket between Sharad Vesawkar and Pradeep Airee was the most Nepal could manage as its batsmen got off to starts but none were able to convert them. Vesawkar top-scored with 30 off 66 balls and had to play a subdued innings that contained just two boundaries. Avinash Karn, Nepal's No. 11, scored 17 quick runs but that was of little avail.

Scotland hunted in a pack with the ball. Evans was supported well by Safyaan Sharif, who opened the bowling with him and finished with 2 for 44 in 10 overs. Gavin Main, the right-arm pacer, also impressed with 2 for 35 in 10 overs, while Michael Leask's off-breaks fetched him 2 for 23 in 6.1 overs. Mark Watt, the left-arm spinner, accounted for Gyanendra Malla, while conceding just 32 runs in 10 overs.

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