Carlton pair Preston Mommsen and Hamish Gardiner were at the heart of a spirited showing by Scotland’s cricketers in posting their first win of a pre-World Cup cricket tour against Tasmania in Hobart early today.
Batting first, the Scots initially found themselves in difficulties when Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod fell for one and four, respectively.
However, Gardiner led the revival by making 46 before being run out and Mommsen chipped in with a valuable 25.
By the time Matthew Cross (64 not out), Richie Berrington (30) and Rob Taylor (26) chipped in, the early worries had disappeared and a total of 244-8 always looked testing for the hosts. Wicket keeper Cross’s 64 came off just 50 balls and included seven boundaries.
In the Tasmania response another Carlton star, Ally Evans, was to get among the wickets and eventually the Australians were all out in the last of the 50 overs for 234. Fast bowler Evans, who had wintered down under last year to help prospects of further caps, rose to the occasion with 3-35 off his ten overs. However, for long periods it seemed Tasmania might add to the woes of a Scotland side who had lost their opening tour match.
With 28 runs needed from the last three overs Scotland were on the cusp.
But Michael Leask stepped up with three wickets and there was one apiece for Taylor, Josh Davey and Iain Wardlaw who removed dangerman Ed Cowan, the Australian internationalist who had appeared as Scotland’s hired hand in the past.