Evening Times - - SPORT -


SCOT­LAND last night com­mit­ted crick­et­ing sui­cide to suf­fer a dam­ag­ing World Cup League 2 de­feat to UAE in Dubai.

A hor­ror bat­ting col­lapse saw them squan­der a su­perb start and hand the ini­tia­tive to their ri­vals who ruth­lessly cashed-in.

The game should have been put be­yond the UAE af­ter Matthew Cross and Kyle Coet­zer put on 138 for the first wicket.

In­stead, the Scots slumped to 220 all out and the UAE bats­men, with their tails up, came out with all guns blaz­ing to fin­ish the job.

Open­ers Chi­rag Suri and Vri­itya Aravind raced to 42-0 in just five overs with Glouces­ter­shire’s Stu Whittingha­m con­ced­ing 26 in two way­ward overs.

They added a fur­ther 20 be­fore Aravind gloved a catch to cross off Hamza Tahir to give Scot­land a glim­mer of hope.

Dy­lan Budge picked-up the wicket of 18 year-old debu­tant Jon Figy but Suri had put his side on course for vic­tory with 67 from 73 balls be­fore he was caught in the deep off a Whittingha­m bouncer.

It was the last suc­cess for the Scots as an un­bro­ken stand of 86 be­tween Basil Hameed (63no) and Muham­mad Us­man (36no) car­ried UAE to an easy seven-wicket win with 6.1 overs to spare.

Ear­lier Scot­land were given a fan­tas­tic start by Cross and skip­per Coet­zer who set the plat­form for what should have been a huge to­tal.

Coet­zer led the way with a string of ex­pan­sive shots as the Aber­do­nian pair pun­ished the home bowlers.

Cross was con­tent to play the sup­port­ing role, stroking four bound­aries in a con­trolled 53 be­fore he was first out.

The cap­tain, mean­while, hit eight bound­aries and one max­i­mum on his way to a su­perb 95 and looked poised for his fifth ODI cen­tury, only to hole out off the bowl­ing of Palan Meiyap­pan.

In the end Scot­land failed even to bat their full quota of 50 overs, bowled out with nine balls re­main­ing hav­ing lost all ten wick­ets for just 82 runs.

Coet­zer’s side have now lost three of their first eight fix­tures in World Cup League 2 and lie three points be­hind lead­ers USA.

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