Apr 042014
Scotland Confirm Netherlands Games

Scotland will host the Netherlands for three ODIs in June and July

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Scotland will host the Netherlands for three one-day games in late June and early July at Titwood in Glasgow.

The matches, which will be played on 30th June, 2nd July and 4th July, will complete Scotland’s 2014 international schedule.

They host England for a One-Day International on 9th May and head to Ireland for three ODIs on 8th, 10th and 12th September.

Following the World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, where Scotland qualified for the World Cup but the Netherlands failed to finish in the top four, the matches will not have ODI status.

Nevertheless, they promise to be competitive internationals if the Netherlands’ recent performances at the ICC World Twenty20 are anything to go by.

Having beaten the Scottish en route to qualifying for the event in Bangladesh, they ran South Africa close and then beat England in their final group game.

“These games will provide a great test in the middle of our domestic summer and should be an exciting prospect for supporters to follow Scotland in what is a vitally important year for the squad,” Cricket Scotland Performance Director Andy Tennent said.

And Dutch board (KNCB) Chief Executive Richard Cox added, “Following the successes of the team’s performances in the recent ICC T20 World Cup it is obviously important for us to maintain that momentum by also continuing our progress in 50-over cricket.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to play Scotland who have proved their pedigree in the recent 50 over World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand, and also for us to show that we are still an extremely competitive side at this format of the game, whilst we await the outcome of the new ICC World Cricket League structures.”

The announcement comes just three days after the two board confirmed that a series of 20 and 50-over matches between the two countries’ domestic sides would also be played for the first time this year.

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Feb 232014
Under-1 9 World Cup 2014: Easy victory for UAE owing to modest target

United Arab Emirates Under-19s easily chased the small target of 120 runs set by Scotland Under-19s within 33 overs at the loss of three wickets and hence won the 9th Place Play-off Quarter-Final.

Match Report – Pakistan U-19 v Sri Lanka U-19, Under-19 World Cup 9th Place Play-off Quarter-Final, played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on February 23, 2014

UAE U-19s won the toss and gave Scotland opportunity to bat first. Their bowlers proved the decision right as Scotland U-19s failed to score a defendable total. Their openers gave a decent start to the team as they lost their first wicket at the score of 34 but after that UAE U-19s bowlers didn’t give them enough opportunities to get stable on crease. They further lost five wickets within just 29 runs. Whole of the team got out within 38 overs after scoring 119 runs. Omer Mohammed & Pankaj Parakash remain prominent with their outstanding bowling figures of 4-24 & 3-45 respectively.

UAE U-19s while chasing the target got struck in the first over as Dan D’Souza gone for a duck, but it was always going to be difficult to defend such a small total. After that 51 runs partnership between Shiv Mehra and Shorye Chopra put UAE halfway towards the victory. Both players were targeted by A Sabri and UAE was 3 down at 89. Then an unbeaten 28 by composed Shivank Vijayakumar led UAE to the victory. This is UAE’s first victory in the tournament as it had lost all all three of the league matches.


United Arab Emirates Under-19s 124/3 (Mehra 41, Vijayakumar 28; Sabri 2-31) beat Scotland Under-19s 119 (Umeed 23; Omer 4-24) by 7 wickets.

Man of the match: Omer Mohammed (United Arab Emirates Under-19s)

Feb 192014
ICC Under-19s World Cup 2014: Pakistan enters quarter finals after a huge win over Scotland

Pakistan Under-19s enters the quarter-finals along with India Under-19s from Group A after a 146-run win over Scotland Under-19s in Dubai. Centurion Imam-ul-Haq guided Pakistan to 308 for 7,  later a five-wicket haul from Karamat Ali helped them bowl Scotland out for 162.

Match Report: ICC Under-19s World Cup: Match 24 (Group A) – Pakistan Under-19s vs Scotland Under-19s, at ICC Academy Ground No 2 , Dubai on February 19, 2014

Pakistan lost captain Sami Aslam early after choosing to bat on winning the toss. But Imam and Hasan Raza shared a 159-run second-wicket partnership before Raza was out to Ross McLean for an 89-ball 57. Imam-Ul-Haq then put on 69 with Saud Shakeel for the third wicket and was finally out for 133, having faced 137 balls and struck 13 fours and a six. Shakeel scored a 34-ball 40 and Kamran Ghulam struck a 16-ball 34 to push Pakistan past the 300-run mark. Medium-pacer Chris Sole was Scotland’s most successful bowler with 3 wickets for 69 runs.

Other than opener Andrew Umeed, none of Scotland’s top-order had any answer to Pakistan’s bowlers. Four of the top five fell for single-digit scores, three of them to Karamat, as Scotland reduced to 64 for 4 in 21.5 overs. Umeed, who was the top scorer in the low scoring match against India then added 42 with Kyle Stirling for the fifth wicket and 30 with Alex Baum for the sixth, before he was out for a 100-ball 65. Umeed’s wicket was initial point of a collapse, as Scotland lost their last five wickets for just 26 runs.


Player of the Match: Imam-Ul-Haq (Pakistan)

Disappointment of the Match: Sami Aslam (Pakistan)


Pakistan Under-19s: 308/7 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 133, Hasan Raza 57 ; Chris Sole 3/69, Gavin Main 2/89) beat Scotland Under-19s: Scotland 162 all out, 39.5 overs (Andrew Umeed 65, Alex Baum 26 ; Karamat Ali 5-36, Amad Butt 2-22) by 146 runs


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Feb 172014
Afghanistan stun Australia at U19 showpiece

The fourth day of the ICC Under-19s World Cup brought the first major shock as Afghanistan overcame Australia by 36 runs in Group D.

Having elected to bat, the minnows immediately made life difficult as Mohammad Mujtaba hit 75, Ihsanullah 63 and Hashmatullah Shaidi 57 in a total of 253 all out.

It was Abdullah Adil who starred with the ball, claiming 4-45 as Australia were dismissed for 217.

Australia’s defeat paved the way for Bangladesh to move to the summit of the standings courtesy of a 52-run victory over Namibia.

Mosaddek Hossain’s 70 not out followed up 65 from opener Sadman Islam as the Tigers posted a competitive 233 for five.

Ultimately, Namibia never got close, skittled for 181 as Mustafizur Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain claimed three wickets apiece.

In Group A, India and Pakistan managed contrasting victories.

For the former, who overcame their bitter rivals on Saturday, a contest with Scotland was not the plain-sailing affair they may have expected.

It appeared likely to be when Scotland were dismissed for a mere 88, Kuldeep Yadav and Aamir Gani grabbing four scalps apiece.

However, the sub-continental giants quickly found themselves 22 for five as Chayank Gosain grabbed three wickets and Gavin Main two.

Just when it appeared an upset may be on the cards, however, Sarfaraz Khan and Deepak Hooda showed their cool and ended unbeaten on 45 and 24 respectively in a five-wicket win.

Pakistan had no such problems against Papua New Guinea as they were powered to 283 for eight by 88 from Imam ul-Haq and Sami Aslam’s 62.

Their opponents did not put up much of a fight in reply, crumbling to 138 all out as Zafar Gohar claimed 4-35 in a 145-run win.

Feb 152014
Australia, Bangladesh, India, Scotland Win
Saturday 15 February 2014 

Sarfaraz Khan

Sarfaraz Khan hits out during his half-century

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Day two of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates saw wins for Australia, Bangladesh, India and Scotland.

India won the day’s biggest clash when they beat Pakistan by 40 runs, Scotland hammered Papua New Guinea by six wickets, Australia powered to a 101-run win over Namibia and Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 10 wickets.

India were indebted to Sarfaraz Khan, who made 74 and Sanju Samson, who made 68, as they posted 262 for seven against Pakistan.

Pakistan matched India’a scoring rate for long periods in their run chase before falling away. Sami Aslam top scored with 64 before they were dismissed for 222, Deepak Hooda taking five for 41.

Scotland were the first team to win on the day as they comfortably overcame the challenge of Papua New Guinea.

Ross McLean and Chayank Gosain took three wickets apiece and Mark Watt two as PNG were dismissed for just 108 in 36.3 overs.

Scotland then reached their target in 29.4 overs. Zander Muir made 38 not out and Nick Farrar 26.

Bangladesh’s Shadmam Islam became the tournament’s first centurion as he hit 126 not out to guide his side to a crushing 10-wicket win over Afghanistan.

Batting first, Afghanistan were bowled out for 212 in their 50 overs as Mossadek Hossain took three for 19.

Afghanistan then failed to take a wicket as Islam and opening partner Joyraz Shaikh (81 not out) guided their team home in 42.3 overs.

Matthew Short (96) just missed out on a three-figure score before Australia posted 242 for seven en route to a 101-run win over Namibia.

Ben McDermott made 45 and Jaron Morgan 33 as Australia put up a winning score before bowling Namibia out for 141.

Matthew Fotia returned three for 23.

Tomorrow’s fixtures

England v Sri Lanka
New Zealand v UAE
South Africa v Canada
West Indies v Zimbabwe

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Feb 012014
Scotland wins ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament

Published: 6:43AM Sunday February 02, 2014 Source: AP

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen made an unbeaten 139 on Saturday to set up a 41-run win over the United Arab Emirates in the final of the International Cricket Council’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

Scotland made 285 for five batting first in Saturday’s final and Swapnil Patel made an unbeaten 99 as the UAE fell short in making 244-9 in reply.

Both teams had already qualified for the World Cup by making the final, and will join the top nations at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand over February and March 2015.

Scotland will play in Group A with New Zealand, Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan while UAE will play in Group B with India, Pakistan, South Africa, the West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland.

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