Scotland’s cricketers are just one win away from competing in next year’s World Cup – and preserving all-important one-day international status with important implications for funding – after beating Papua New Guinea by 52 runs in a key qualifier in New Zealand today.
The Scots go into Thursday’s concluding ‘Super Six’ tie against Kenya with momentum generated by five straight wins and with key players bang in form. History is also on their side; when the teams clashed in Aberdeen last year the Scots won on both occasions.
The Scots got off to a strong start with a 50 opening partnership between Calum MacLeod and Matthew Cross and another principal among the current in-form batsmen is acting skipper Preston Mommsen who hit 94 in a total of 288-9 after Scotland had won the toss and elected to bat.
However, Mommsen, deputising as captain for the injured Kyle Coetzer, did get a “life” when dropped on 65.
Mommsen said: “It was a good day, it started when we won the toss on a good wicket. And we got the runs on the board, which proved too many for them. We held our nerve with the ball which is a good sign. I’m very happy with unit as a whole, with the bat we’re getting the runs and were able to put pressure with the ball.”
Scotland’s tottal was 288-9 and three wickets for Majid Haq and Rob Taylor restricted PNG.