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MacLeod century helps Scotland climb to No. 2

Preston Mommsen contributes an unbeaten 80 as host trumps UAE by seven wickets in ICC World Cricket League game

MacLeod century helps Scotland climb to No. 2 - Cricket News
Calum MacLeod acknowledges his century.
Scotland beat United Arab Emirates by seven wickets in their ICC World Cricket League Championships contest at Grange Cricket Club Ground in Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on Tuesday (August 16). Calum MacLeod’s 103, coupled with Preston Mommsen’s half-century, helped the host reach its target of 229 in 47.4 overs.

Having opted to bat, UAE posted 228 in 45.4 overs, with Shaiman Anwar top-scoring with 63 in 75 balls and Mohammad Usman, who hit 43 off 48, playing his part even as Safyaan Sharif (3-25), Chris Sole (3-51) and Con de Lange (2-42) got amongst the wickets.

The visitor was rattled by the early loss of L Sreekumar, who fell after scoring 16 in 18 balls, and those of Rohan Mustafa (19) and Mohammad Shahzad (21) soon after. That left Anwar and Usman to consolidate.

The two, who got together with UAE at 68 for 3, took their side to 144 before Usman fell caught behind off Sharif in the 30th over. Anwar carried on with Rameez Shahzad alongside him before departing in the 34th over to leave UAE at 187 for 5.
 
It was only the contribution of Shahzad, who scored 33 in 35 balls, and Saqlain Haider’s 12 in 20 balls that took UAE to a competitive total.


 
In response, Scotland, too, lost a wicket early on, with Craig Wallace falling to Mohammad Naveed. Then Kyle Coetzer’s knock of 25 ended in the ninth over. But, from then on, MacLeod and Mommsen took charge, taking Scotland to 208 by the 45th over before Macleod fell, bowled by Naveed. His 122-ball knock included six fours and three sixes.

Mommsen ended unbeaten on 80 in 116 balls, with Richard Berrington scoring 15 in 13 balls, to take Scotland over the line.
 
The win took Scotland to 11 points from eight games and second place on the eight-team table, while UAE remained bottom of the table with two points from the same number of games.

Papua New Guinea, currently No. 4, and Namibia, one spot above UAE at No. 7, will lock horns in the next two fixtures of the championship in October.

For full scorecard of the match, click here.

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