Freddie Coleman steers Scotland over the line
NATHAN BURDON AND MURRAY HILLS
An unbeaten half century by Freddie Coleman helped Scotland to a 90-run win over Nepal in their Group A World Cup qualifying match at the Queenstown Events Centre.
It was a welcome result for a Scottish team which lost by 17 runs to Hong Kong on Monday.
After rain delayed the start of play at Frankton, Nepal won the toss and sent their opponents into bat. Scotland went on to make 249-7 from their 50 overs.
Seventeen-year-old Sompal Kami was the best of the Nepalese bowlers, taking 3-35 from his eight overs.
Nepal had several batsman make starts, but none of them were able to go on with it and they were eventually bowled out for 159 in the 47th over.
Right-arm fast bowler Iain Wardlaw was the main destroyer, taking 3-32.
Meanwhile, leg spinner Charles Amini spun his magic to help Papua New Guinea to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Uganda at New Plymouth's Pukekura Park.
Amini bagged six wickets for just 19 runs as Uganda folded for 105 batting first in the World Cup qualifying cricket tournament. After losing an early wicket, PNG raced through to 107-1 to win the 50-over match.
It was the second win for the PNG side after they opened the tournament with an eight-wicket win over Kenya on the same ground on Monday.
Uganda's innings fell apart when they lost openers Abram Mutyagaba (15) and Roger Mukasa (33). From 54-2, the wickets tumbled with only one other batsman making it to double figures.
PNG's little opener Lega Siaka (65no) and No 3 Assad Vala (37no) had few problems with the run chase all over in 17 overs. Siaka hits eight fours and two sixes, with Vala hitting five fours including the winning boundary and a six.
Scotland vs Nepal
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
Scotland 249-7 (F Coleman 64no, C MacLeod 46, S Kami 3-32) beat Nepal 159 (G Malla 34, S Vesawkar 30, I Wardlaw 3-32)
Scotland win by 90 runs
Papua New Guinea v Uganda
Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
Uganda 105 (R Mukasa 33; CJ Amini 6-19, M Dai 2-4) lost to PNG 107-1 (L Siaka 65no, A Vala 37no).
Papua New Guinea win by nine wickets
- Fairfax Media
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