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Coetzer, Mommsen tons stud comprehensive Scotland win

Alasdair Evans registers a four-for as UAE goes down by 98 runs in ICC World Cricket League game in Edinburgh

Coetzer, Mommsen tons stud comprehensive Scotland win - Cricket News
Kyle Coetzer and Preston Mommsen put on 112 runs for the third wicket.
Centuries from Kyle Coetzer and Preston Mommsen set up a comprehensive 98-run win for Scotland over UAE in their ICC World Cricket League game at Grange Cricket Club Ground in Edinburgh on Sunday (August 14).
 
Scotland scored 327 for 5 in its 50 overs on the back of the two big innings. UAE, in response, was bowled out for 229 inside the 44th over, with Rohan Mustafa’s 43 the highest score for the team.
 
The win helped Scotland climb to No. 3 on the eight-team points table with three wins from seven games, while UAE continued to languish at the bottom with just one win from seven games.
 
UAE's chase had a promising start with Mustafa and Laxman Sreekumar putting up a 72-run opening-wicket stand. But the introduction of Alasdair Evans into the attack scuppered the progress as he sent back both the openers in the span of seven runs, leaving them at 79 for 2 in the 16th over.
 
Mustafa’s runs came off 47 balls with five fours and a six, while Sreekumar scored 28 in 31 balls with six boundaries. Wickets then fell quickly as Shaiman Anwar was dismissed by Con de Lange and Mohammad Shahzad was run out for 28 in 34 balls.


 
Muhammad Usman showed some spine in the middle order with 34 in 49 balls, but was then sent back by Safyaan Sharif. Once into the lower order, Scotland struck regularly, and UAE's hopes of winning faded.
 
Amjad Javed at No. 9 provided entertainment with a 19-ball 32 including two fours and three sixes, but was removed by Evans before becoming a serious threat. Evans finished with 4 for 41 in eight overs. He was supported adequately by Sharif and de Lange, both of whom picked up two wickets apiece.
 
Earlier, the bulk of runs in Scotland's total came from Coetzer and Mommsen. The other batsmen failed to make major contributions, but the opener and the captain had done enough.
 
Craig Wallace was the first man dismissed when Ahmed Raza, the left-arm spinner, had him caught for a run-a-ball 16. Raza bowled a fantastic spell, sending back Calum MacLeod as well for a 33-ball 20, on his way to figures of 2 for 28.
 
But, from 109 for 2, Mommsen and Coetzer allied forces and batted Scotland out of trouble and into a position of dominance.
 
By the time Coetzer was dismissed by Shahzad in the 39th over for 127 off 121 balls, Scotland was sitting pretty at 221 for 3. His innings included 14 fours and a six.
 
Mommsen batted on till the end, remaining unbeaten on 111 off 101 balls, his innings laced with nine boundaries.
 
Barring Raza, none of the UAE bowlers managed to contain the runs. Shahzad picked up three wickets, but leaked 61 runs from his seven overs.

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