Richie Berrington bashes Namibia but rain carries match over

Richie Berrington signals his century off 84 balls. Picture:
Richie Berrington signals his century off 84 balls. Picture:
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Richie Berrington scored a brilliant century and Mazars Grange skipper Preston Mommsen 49 not out, but Scotland and Namibia will have to finish their World Cricket League clash in the Capital today after the rain intervened last night.

Berrington hit 110 off just 90 balls to light up Portgower Place in between the rain showers, but soon after 5pm the weather took a real turn and the umpires decided to call it a day and resume proceedings this morning.

When things do get back underway Namibia will be 26-0 chasing 269 to win in 43 overs via the DLS method.

Batting first Scotland progressed to 41 in the ninth over before Christi Viljoen made a double breakthrough for Namibia.

Firstly he got Matt Cross out for 21, the Scotland wicketkeeper hooking but only finding the safe hands of JJ Smit on the boundary.

Two balls later skipper Kyle Coetzer played the exact same shot and was out for 15.

Calum MacLeod and Clydesdale’s Berrington then went about rebuilding the innings, progressing the score to 69-2 before the rain came just before noon.

When the players eventually returned to the field at 2.30pm the match had been reduced to 43-overs-a-side and just 16 balls were bowled before another short delay.

MacLeod was then the next man out for 22 and Scotland were sitting on 80-3.

Berrington and Craig Wallace then looked to speed things up somewhat and the latter’s quick running between the wickets certainly helped. Indeed Wallace turned a number of singles into twos.

In the 30th over their 50 partnership came up while Berrington hit one big six into the tennis courts overlooking the pitch in Stockbridge.

Berrington took confidence from that shot, loosening up a bit and hitting a four and then a six in the 31st over to bring up his 50.

Wallace then perished in the next over for 29, caught on the boundary going for a big shot and that brought Mommsen to the crease.

The former Scotland captain retired from international duty last year, but reversed his decision.

And the duo teamed up superbly, both hitting some cracking shots as Berrington reached his century off just 84 balls in the 39th over.

That left Scotland on 232-4 with four overs remaining.

Berrington then went for 110, but Mommsen finished on 49 not out as they posted 268-5 from 43 overs.

Mommsen’s cameo innings off just 35 balls, including four fours and one six, showed Scotland fans what they have been missing and why head coach Grant Bradburn will hope his return is for the long term.

Namibia got off to a good start in their reply, reaching 26-0 off five overs and one ball when the rain once again started falling heavily.

Carlton captain Ali Evans had opened the bowling alongside Safyaan Sharif and when things do get restarted today Heriot’s spinner Mark Watt and ex-Grange seamer Chris Sole will be vital bowlers for Scotland.

Play is due to start at 10.45am and entry is free.