‘Spe­cial four days’ hailed

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

SCOT­LAND cap­tain Kyle Coet­zer says he is des­per­ate to sam­ple more of the big time af­ter savour­ing four “spe­cial days” against two of cricket’s su­per­pow­ers.

There was dis­ap­point­ment for the skip­per as his side were un­able to fol­low up their his­toric one-day in­ter­na­tional vic­tory over Eng­land with another win as they took on Pak­istan in two Twenty20 clashes in Ed­in­burgh.

But even a crush­ing 84-run de­feat in yes­ter­day’s match could not wipe the grin off Coet­zer’s face as he looked back on a rare out­ing against ICC Full Mem­ber op­po­si­tion.

The de­ci­sion to re­duce next year’s 50-over World Cup from 14 teams to 10 has al­ready cost the Scots one chance to place them­selves on the game’s big­gest stage.

But Coet­zer is de­ter­mined to see his team take as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as they can to en­sure they are not left out in the fu­ture.

He said: “It’s been a pretty spe­cial four days. I’d have said be­fore­hand that if we came out of these three games hav­ing won one of them, we’d have taken that.

“But hav­ing won the first one, we were hoping to go on and get a sec­ond.

“It wasn’t to be, but we’ve played some ex­cel­lent cricket over the four days. The at­mos­phere has been su­perb, peo­ple have filed through the gates and that is an ab­so­lute credit to Scot­tish cricket and every­one in­volved in set­ting this up.”

The Scots looked to have put them­selves in with a chance to claim­ing another ma­jor scalp as Pak­istan were lim­ited to 166 for six.

But when opener Ge­orge Mun­sey fell to a duck af­ter just three balls, the Saltires re­ply crum­bled and they were even­tu­ally bowled out for just 82 with five runs to spare.

Rickie Fowler is seek­ing a first Ma­jor.

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