The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Rain cannot dampen Scots’ spirits
Scotland’s cricketers were denied the chance to go for a clean sweep over Ireland when the final match of their T20 series was abandoned yesterday.
Persistent heavy showers in Bready meant no play was possible but national coach Grant Bradburn expressed satisfaction after his side’s two moraleboosting wins ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifying tournament.
Thursday’s six-wicket success was followed by victory by the same margin on Saturday – a match hastily arranged in the wake of another washout on Friday – and Bradburn declared: “The rain has frustrated everyone but the two games that did go ahead have given both sides some golden practice.
“Our batting has been superb and the positivity combined with a lack of fear has been really pleasing to see. But there were occasions when we weren’t as clinical in the field as we want to be.
“There are definitely things we need to brush up on and it is good to have taken some lessons away with us.”
Saturday’s encounter saw Matthew Cross take centre stage again.
The former Aberdeenshire wicketkeeper/batsman was the destroyer-inc-hief, blasting a rapid 48 to launch the Scots towards glory as they passed the 167 target with 11 balls to spare.
Skipper Preston Mommsen then finished the job by racing to 47 not out from only 29 deliveries.