Superb centuries from Kyle Coetzer and Matt Cross led Scotland to one of their finest ever cricket victories yesterday, defeating Sri Lanka in a one day match in Kent.
Although not classed as an official One Day International, for the Scots to defeat the side ranked sixth in the world in 50 over cricket shows the potential there is in the side going forward.
New boy Stuart Whittingham and Carlton skipper Ali Evans opened the bowling for Scotland at Beckenham and it was the latter who made the breakthrough in the fifth over with the wicket of Upul Tharanga.
Whittingham then got in on the act and Sri Lanka were soon 38-2.
The Sri Lankans then progressed to 115 before Scotland skipper Con de Lange took the third wicket of the day and Chris Sole, the Hampshire bowler who came through the ranks at Mazars Grange, then got in on the act.
That wicket left Sri Lanka on 165-4 with 20 overs of their 50 remaining and Scotland’s bowlers did a good job to restrict them to 287 all out.
Evans ended up taking 3-62 while Sole took 2-54 and Whittingham impressed in his first international outing with three wickets.
Heriot’s spinner Mark Watt ended up with figures of 0-41 while Grange all-rounder Dylan Budge took two catches on debut.
In reply Scotland got off to a flyer thanks to Coetzer, vice-captain on the day, and wicketkeeper Cross.
By the 13th over they had progressed the scoreboard along to 84-0 and by the time the 21st over came along both men had reached their half centuries and Scotland were 122-0.
Coetzer then rattled to a century, eventually out for 118, but having put his side in a great position.
Calum MacLeod was out soon after, but by the 34th over Scotland were 233-2 and needed just 54 runs to win with Cross on 80 not out.
Richie Berrington then went for 19 and Cross and De Lange were left to see things through with 24 runs needed from 10 overs.
Fittingly Cross, who made an unbeaten 106, saw Scotland home by seven wickets.