Former Penicuik prospect Freddie Coleman took man-of-the-match honours as Scotland’s cricketers got their World Cup qualifying bid up and running with a 90-run victory over Nepal in Queenstown, New Zealand, early today.
Coleman, 23, smacked 64 runs off 67 balls in a Scottish total of 249-8 after being put into bat before the Nepalese were dismissed for 159 with nearly four overs remaining.
Coleman said: “It was nice to get some runs and we got off to a good start, but it was quite tricky during the middle overs with the spinners. The pitch has been played on a bit so it is a bit slow which made it difficult to hit the ball into the gaps, But it was nice to kind of hold my patience a little bit and score a few at the end.”
The Scots had put themselves under pressure by losing their opening group fixture against Hong Kong and now face a vital encounter on Sunday with United Arab Emirates as they try to earn a place in the all-important ‘super six’ which offers two qualifying places.
Coleman, now at Warwickshire, added: “It was important that we came out and got ourselves rolling and got a good win under our belt. We did that so now we are up and running.”
Calum Macleod hit a brisk 46 including six boundaries and there were strong contributions from Matt Machan (37) and Preston Mommsen (35) before Iain Wardlaw took three wickets in helping to dismiss the Nepalese.