Thursday 16 January 2014 

Coleman helps Scotland defeat Nepal


Warwickshire’s Freddie Coleman helped Scotland bounce back from an opening round loss in the ICC World Cup qualifying to defeat Nepal by 90 runs at the Queenstown Events Centre in New Zealand.

Nepal won the toss and elected to field first, as captain Kyle Coezer and Calum MacLeod opened the innings for the Scots.

Coetzer was the first Scotland wicket to fall in the 10th over when he was caught for 14 with the score on 48.

Scotland were given a little scare after losing three wickets for a combined 17 runs at 190/7 with five overs remaining. However, a steady 64* by Freddie Coleman, together with 25* from 17 balls by Safyaan Sharif, helped the Scots reach 249/7 from their 50 overs.

The Scotland camp would have been pleased to see Coleman's showing of maturity, hitting four boundaries and a maximum, as he accelerated through the gears as the innings came towards a conclusion.

In reply Nepal got off to a stuttering start as Sagar Pun, Anil Mandal and Shakti Gauchan all went cheaply as Scotland seized control of the match.

Scotland claimed wickets at regular intervals to ensure they always had the Nepalese innings in check. Gyanendra Malla stroked 34 before he was caught by Mommsen from the bowling of Safyaan Sharif.

Iain Wardlaw and Rob Taylor both claimed three wickets, while Majid Haq snared two, to halt Nepal’s hopes of getting anywhere close to the Scotland total, eventually being bowled out for 159 in the 45th over.

Scotland will now play the unbeaten UAE on Sunday at the same venue.

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