Scotland cricket skipper Kyle Coetzer admitted his team have plenty of work to do to make next year’s World Cup after opening their qualifying group with a 17-run defeat by Hong Kong in Queenstown, New Zealand, overnight.
Their next match against Nepal on Thursday is now a must-win and Coetzer said: “Our performance today wasn’t good enough and we fell short of the standards we set ourselves in each discipline.”
The one bright spot for the Scots, who won the toss and inserted opponents who went on to make 263-7, was a best international score of 118 from Carlton batsman, Preston Mommsen.
Coetzer added: “Preston showed the way on his return from injury and made a magnificent hundred which got us close. Unfortunately nobody was able to stay with him long enough to get us over the line.
“It is clearly not an ideal start to the tournament but our aim will simply be to play better in the next game and take it from there.”
After a promising start the Scots allowed their opponents to pile on 100 runs from the final ten overs of their innings.
Mommsen and Majid Haq put together a 50 partnership for the ninth wicket before the innings concluded on 49 overs and, with a decision to be made on Scotland’s ODI status, fortunes need to improve quickly.