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07 July 201519:08

Munsey leads Scotland to second win

UAE overcomes Nepal and the rain, but PNG, North West Warriors, Netherlands and Western Districts have their matches washed out

Munsey leads Scotland to second win - Cricket News

Scotland's 69-run win on the D/L Method over Jersey was its second win in as many warm-up games.

Rain in Bready and Stirling meant that the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier warm-up matches between Papua New Guinea and North West Warriors, and Netherlands and Western Districts were abandoned without a ball being bowled on Tuesday(July 7). Rain, however, relented long enough for a truncated match between Nepal and UAE to be played out, which UAE won, while the other early game on the day – also hit by rain after the halfway mark – went Scotland’s way as it beat Jersey by 69 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

At Stormont in Belfast, a delayed start meant Nepal only had 18 overs to bat after it won the toss, but bar Sharad Vesawkar, none of the other batsmen did enough to justify Paras Khadka’s decision. Khadka himself contributed just five, and though Vesawkar scored an unbeaten 38 from 37 balls, Nepal could put up just 84 for 7. Manjula Guruge (3-12) and Mohammad Shahzad (2-12) were the main wicket-takers as only two other batsmen – Gyanendra Malla (13 in 28 balls) and Pradeep Airee (13 in 19 balls) – reached double figures.

UAE’s chase was going swimmingly, and it had reached 81 for 2 in 14 overs, when further rain prevented it from chasing down the 85-run target. Faizan Asif, with 24 in 21 balls, and Amjad Ali, who scored an unbeaten 30-ball 23, were the main contributors in UAE’s chase. With further play not possible, UAE was declared to have won by 20 runs (D/L method) with eight wickets in hand.

At Goldenacre in Edinburgh, Scotland was asked to bat and rode on a 44-ball 75, studded with nine fours and four sixes, from opener George Munsey to reach 199 for 5. All the other Scottish batsmen on view also scored quickly as the Jersey bowlers didn’t seem to be able to find a way to stem the flow of runs.

Jersey’s target was revised to 163 from 15, and that proved to be too steep. Only three Jersey batsmen reached double figures, Cornelis Bodenstein top-scoring with 22, as it managed just 93 for 9. For Scotland, Safyaan Sharif returned 3-20 and Michael Leask pitched in with 3-10.

This was Scotland’s second win in as many warm-up matches after it beat Namibia by six wickets on Monday. Jersey and Nepal have now lost both their warm-up games, while this was the first warm-up game for UAE. Papua New Guinea had won its first game by ten runs against Kenya, while Netherlands had lost its game against Hong Kong by nine runs.