Scotland win again in warm up for World Cup qualifiers

Calum MacLeod scored 57 with the bat
Calum MacLeod scored 57 with the bat
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Scotland’s cricketers today received a boost ahead of their World Cup qualifying bid beginning overnight on Sunday in New Zealand.

In their penultimate warm-up fixture the Scots defeated Papua New Guinea by seven wickets in Christchurch.

Rob Taylor and Safyann Sharif did most of the early damage after the Scots had put their opponents into bat, claiming four wickets apiece.

PNG then failed to bat out their allocated 50 overs in being dismissed for 171 in 47.1 overs.

The Scots quickly took command in reply despite captain Kyle Coetzer falling for 17 off 27 deliveries. Both Calum MacLeod (57) and Matt Machan (67) posted half centuries before being out just short of victory. The task was completed by former Penicuik youngster Freddie Coleman (6 no) and Carlton’s Preston Mommsen (19 no).

For Mommsen, the innings was welcome confirmation of recovery from recent injury.

Scotland face Namibia tomorrow before the tournament begins against Hong Kong.