Scotland XI give good account in tough assignments
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 9:04 AM
Richie Berrington was in good all-round form for Scotland
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A Scotland XI came up short in their opening T20 matches on the tour of South Africa but will have gained much from facing exalted opponents.
The tourists provided Champions League T20 competitors Highveld Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders with warm-up opposition ahead of the main tournament that starts at the weekend.
The Lions came out on top by 20 runs in Wednesday's high-scoring first match. Former South Africa international batsman Neil McKenzie struck 67 in the Lions' 181-6 while Richie Berrington (2-26) was the pick of the bowlers. Berrington finished off a fine all-round display with 82 from 42 balls but Scotland XI eventually came up short on 181-7.
Thursday's fixture with the Knight Riders saw the Saltires come up against a line-up including Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate.
Manoj Tiwary hit a half-century before Pathan finished the innings off in style with 31 off 18 balls to give the Knight Riders a daunting 176-7. Gordon Goudie and Berrington picked up two wickets each. Scotland XI never appeared likely to reach their target but Preston Mommsen's 58 not out and Ryan Flannigan's 23-ball 36 helped to restrict the defeat to 24 runs.
Coach Pete Steindl said: "It has been a great experience for our guys playing against the IPL champions and they can learn a lot from it."
Scotland XI continue their tour with a two-day match against North West Dragons, starting on Thursday (October 10).