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Close call

WI almost beaten by minnows

SYDNEY –– With their first match in the ICC World Cup scheduled for Monday, West Indies won their final warm-up match against Scotland today at the Sydney Cricket Ground but the overall performance, especially their bowling, was far from inspiring.

Scotland almost upset the West Indies in their chase of 314 and fell short by three runs despite needing only 14 runs from the last two overs with four wickets in hand. Opener Kyle Coetzer led Scotland’s chase with 96, followed by Richie Berrington’s 44-ball 66. Once Berrington was run out in the 49th over, Scotland lost two more wickets in the next six balls, as Kemar Roach defended 12 runs off the last over.

Scotland carried their form after thrashing Ireland by 179 runs in their first warm-up and West Indies were coming in after a nine-wicket loss to England three days ago.

Scotland were given a strong opening stand of 75 in 14.4 overs by Coetzer and Callum MacLeod before Sulieman Benn’s double-strike put them on a shaky 124 for 3 in the 26th over. Freddie Coleman then combined with Coetzer with a reviving fourth-wicket stand of 60 runs in under nine overs. However, Coetzer fell for 96 off 104, which featured 14 fours, when he was caught off the other left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller.

Coming at No. 6, Berrington’s quickfire fifty made sure Scotland were back on top. Berrington and wicketkeeper Matthew Cross powered the innings with 86 runs in only 8.5 overs, bringing the equation down to 14 runs from 12 balls. The momentum then shifted back in West Indies’ favour when Berrington was run out on the third ball of the penultimate over by Andre Russell, who also had Rob Taylor caught three balls later, conceding only two from the over.

Roach’s work was made easier for the last over and even though he leaked eight runs, it wasn’t enough for Scotland.

Earlier, West Indies opted to bat and started with a stutter when Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels were dismissed for 1 and 0 respectively. It was yet another disappointing performance from Gayle whose poor form in One-Day Internationals remains a concern and who is likely to start the World Cup on reputation rather than right.

Dwayne Smith (45) and Darren Bravo (43) chipped in with forties, Smith’s being the quicker one. The innings got a real push when Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons stitched a partnership of 117 runs for the fifth wicket at nearly eight-an-over, charging them to 251 in the 45th over, when Simmons and Ramdin fell within three deliveries to Alasdair Evans. Simmons’ 47-ball 55 included five fours and two sixes while Ramdin muscled six fours and a six in his 88 off 86.

Denesh Ramdin top-scored with 88 for the West Indies.

Denesh Ramdin top-scored with 88 for the West Indies.

It was a second good showing by Simmons whose possible legal troubles in Trinidad and Tobago seem to have had no impact on his batting form. He has been threatened by legal action over leaked intimate photos involving a female companion on the social media. Simmons top-scored in the Windies’ first warm-up against England which they lost heavily.

The West Indies innings today got another surge with late strikes from Russell and Darren Sammy, who clobbered 53 runs together in 26 balls to take the score past 300. Sammy was more punishing out of the two with his 17-ball 36, hitting five boundaries as the team ended on 313 for 9 after two run outs. Russell contributed 24.

Andre Russell was the best of the West Indies bowlers.

Andre Russell was the best of the West Indies bowlers.


West Indies

D Smith c Cross b Evans 45

C Gayle c Cross b Wardlaw 1

D Bravo c Berrington b Haq 43

M Samuels c Cross b Davey 0

D Ramdin+ c Coetzer b Evans 88

L Simmons LBW Evans 55

A Russell c Evans b Davey 24

D Sammy run out (Taylor) 36

N Miller run out (Taylor) 0

K Roach not out 1

Total: 313/9 (50 Overs)

Extras: (lb 3, w 16, nb 1) 20

Did not Bat: J Carter, S Benn, S Cottrell, J Holder*, J Taylor.

Fall of Wickets: 1-10 (Gayle, 4.5 ov), 2-54 (Smith, 11.4 ov), 3-59 (Samuels, 14.2 ov), 4-134 (Bravo, 29.4 ov), 5-251 (Simmons, 44.3 ov), 6-252 (Ramdin, 44.5 ov), 7-305 (Russell, 49.1 ov), 8-312 (Sammy, 49.5 ov), 9-313 (Miller, 49.6 ov).

Scotland Bowling: I Wardlaw 10-2-61-1, R Taylor 8-0-52-0, A Evans 10-0-63-3, J Davey 10-0-55-2, M Haq 10-0-66-1, R Berrington 2-0-13-0.

Scotland (Target; 314)

K Coetzer c Russell b Miller 96

C MacLeod LBW Russell 32

H Gardiner c Ramdin b Benn 7

M Machan c Cottrell b Benn 17

F Coleman run out (Cottrell) 34

R Berrington run out (Russell) 66

M Cross+ c Bravo b Roach 39

J Davey not out 9

R Taylor c Ramdin b Russell 0

R Haq c Samuels b Roach 0

A Evans not out 0

Total: 310/9 (50 Overs)

Extras: (b 1, lb 5, w 2, nb 2) 10

Did not Bat: P Mommsen*, S Sharif, M Leask, I Wardlaw.

Fall of Wickets: 1-75 (MacLeod, 14.4 ov), 2-104 (Gardiner, 21.4 ov), 3-124 (Machan, 25.3 ov), 4-184 (Coetzer, 34.2 ov), 5-214 (Coleman, 39.1 ov), 6-300 (Cross, 47.6 ov), 7-302 (Berrington, 48.3 ov), 8-302 (Taylor, 48.6 ov), 9-307 (Haq, 49.3 ov).

West Indies Bowling: K Roach 8-0-59-2, S Cottrell 10-1-73-0, A Russell 8-0-32-2, D Sammy 3-0-21-0, S Benn 10-0-47-2, M Samuels 4-0-23-0, N Miller 7-0-49-1.

Result: West Indies won by 3 runs

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