Berrington, Davey Help Scotland Overcome Spirited PNG

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Berrington, Davey help Scotland overcome spirited PNG. Scotland, with their second win, have put themselves in prime position to qualify for the Super 12 phase

Berrington, Davey Help Scotland Overcome Spirited PNGScotland, with their second win, have put themselves in prime position to qualify for the Super 12 phase

In a nutshell:

Richie Berrington scored a 49-ball 70 and shared a 92-run stand with Matt Cross as Scotland overcame batting wobbles at either end of their innings and a spirited Papua New Guinea side to register their second win of the first round of the T20 WC. After posting 165, their bowling unit, which had defended 140 against Bangladesh, stepped up once more and closed out the game despite a late scare from Norman Vanua.

Scotland, with their second win of this round from as many games, have put themselves in prime position to qualify for the Super 12 phase.

Scotland's early wobble

Scotland found themselves in early trouble after opting to bat. Captain Kyle Coetzer, who was beaten on the outside edge in the first game, was bowled through the gate this time for another low score. George Munsey fell to Chad Soper and a bright start (22 from 2 overs) had quickly dissipated.

The Berrington-Cross revival

The PowerPlay brought only 37 runs, overs 3-6 bringing only 15. Berrington launched Lega Seika out of the ground for a 97-metre six over long-on and then cashed in on a half-tracker from Charles Amini in the next over for a four. Those two shots aside, the pair of Berrington and Cross added 30 risk-free runs in the four overs after the PowerPlay.

The brief consolidation was the perfect base to build the second-half assault on. A four and a six for Berrington and Cross brought the 50 of the Partnership in the 11th over before the pair cut loose to plunder 18 off a Nosaina Pokana over. Cross fell for a 36-ball 45 in the 15th over Berrington continued the charge, well into the 60s. At the 17-over mark, Scotland had reached 146 for 3 with a big total in their sights.

PNG's bowling stars

Between them, left-arm seamer Kabua Morea (4 for 31) and medium-pacer Chad Soper (3 for 24) picked up seven wickets. Five of them came in the final two overs of the Scotland innings giving PNG an outside chance in the game at a time when Scotland threatened to get in excess of 180. The bowlers were also complemented by excellent catching.

Breaking the back of the chase

PNG's hopes of sustaining the momentum through the second innings were dashed rather spectacularly as they were reduced to 35 for 5 by the end of the PowerPlay and seemingly all hopes extinguished. Josh Davey took two of those wickets with the collapse also including the run-out of the dangerous Amini as well a moment of catching brilliance from Berrington at backward point to remove Simon Atai.

Norman Vanua's spirited effort

From a point of no hope, rather similar to Scotland's position against Bangladesh, Norman Vanua made PNG believe that the impossible may be achievable. With Kiplin Doriga for company, he led a thrilling assault with three overs between 14 and 16 yielding 45 runs. The equation reduced to 46 off 24 before Mark Watt bowled a tight 17th over and had Doriga stumped along the way. Davey applied the finishing touches in the following over when he had Vanua (47 off 37) caught behind with a slower short ball. The experienced Scotland seamer finished with impressive figures of 4 for 18.

Brief scores: Scotland 165/9 in 20 overs (Richie Berrington 70, Matt Cross 45; Kabua Morea 4-31, Chad Soper 3-24) beat PNG 148 in 19.3 overs (Norman Vanua 47; Josh Davey 4-18) by 17 runs.

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