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Cricket news - MacLeod, Davey take Scotland home in nervy win

File Photo: Calum MacLeod top scored for Scotland with 62.

File Photo: Calum MacLeod top scored for Scotland with 62.

Scotland triumphed over USA by four wickets in an exhilarating contest. It was an absolute dog fight between the two teams throughout the day with the see-saw match decided only in the penultimate over. Scotland's batting mainstay Calum MacLeod top scored again with 62 in a chase of 246 with fast bowling pair of Josh Davey and Safyaan Sharif eventually getting them home with a unbeaten stand of 58 in just 50 balls.

Earlier in the day, USA were unlucky at toss again and were put into bat on a pitch which looked to offer lateral movement. Josh Davey took early advantage of that in the second over and landed one just outside off which did enough to get Monank Patel's outside edge through to second slip. Xavier Marshall started finding the middle of the bat from early on to put some pressure on Scotland's new ball bowlers. Marshall was particularly brutal on anything short and immaculately drove down the ground for a flurry of boundaries to put pressure back on Scotland.

USA recovered well after the early wicket of Monank, putting on 53 at the end of 10 overs. Steven Taylor took his time early on against the new ball and looked resolute enough to put his head down and anchor the USA innings, something he'd been struggling to do for long. Marshall welcomed left-arm spinner Mark Watt by drilling a six straight to the sight screen. Watt and Marshall exchanged words out in the middle with Watt getting clearly frustrated with the amount of time Marshall took between deliveries. Watt finally had the last laugh in this heated battle as Marshall holed out to mid off just after getting to his half century off Watt's bowling.

This wicket triggered a sensational USA collapse as wickets kept tumbling by the minute. From 93 for 1, USA were reeling for 123 for 5. Hamza Tahir got rid of the inform Aaron Jones. Watt cleaned up Ian Holland by a darter that slid on with his arm. Taylor, who looked dogged enough to get a big score, drove one one uppishly to point and got dismissed just after bringing up his half century. Much like yesterday, the mantle again fell on Akshay Homraj and Nisarg Patel to drive the team to a score that could challenge the batting might of Scotland. The pair counter attacked, with Nisarg Patel in particular showing why USA needs his ice cool presence to recuperate them from collapses like these.

Nisarg carved one through point with perfection off Evans to start of his innings whereas Homraj got into the groove by bludgeoning one off Davey. The pair put on 46 runs in 62 deliveries before Homraj drove one in the air towards cover. Homraj, batting on 27, again threw away his wicket to an innocuous delivery, driving in the air to covers. Watt came on for his final spell to send back Nisarg, pinning him in front for 38. Cameron Stevenson came in to breathe life into the innings with a quick cameo of 34* in 32 balls including a mammoth hit over midwicket that should've cleared over a 100 metres to have USA end up on 245 in their 50 overs.

Scotland started their chase in a circumspect manner with Saurabh Netravalkar and Rusty Theron hitting right lengths to suffocate the batsmen. Netravalkar finally got Matthew Cross feathering one behind for 16. Kyle Coetzer too, never really got going despite some neatly struck drives. Cameron Stevenson got him with a delivery that kept rising on him with the leading edge being caught by a diving Taylor at cover in the 12th over.

Scotland started to go after Stevenson with Jones astoundingly square cutting him for a six over third man that cleared the boundary with ease. Stevenson came back with vengeance in the very next over to trap Jones LBW playing back to a full ball for 24. Scotland were starting to fall behind the asking rate with the fall of Jones' wicket. With 164 needed 29 overs, Berrington plundered 18 off a Stevenson over to provide impetus to a floundering innings. Soon Macleod too started looking in his element as he unleashed his trademark reverse sweep off Nisarg for a boundary.

Berrington kept building pressure on Nisarg with a boundary an over but Nisarg had his man trapped infront off an attempted sweep for 36. George Munsey joined Macleod with Scotland needing 93 more off 105 balls. Munsey relished on Nisarg's left arm spin, twice driving him majestically through vacant long off as the equation was brought down to 61 off 64 balls. Stevenson returned to bounce out Munsey and five balls later, Safyaan Sharif took out the well-set Mcleod with the game hanging in the balance.

Sharif and Davey took the game deep by refraining from improvising at the start of their partnership. With 33 needed off 24, Davey cleared his front leg and hoicked one over long on's head. In the same over Sharif pierced the gap between sweeper cover and point for another boundary. Shariff pummelled two more boundaries in the point region in the next over off Rusty Theron to bring the equation down to 6 off 12. It was some unusual death bowling on Theron's part, bowling half trackers outside off with third man in the circle. Scotland eventually got home with 7 balls to spare. Josh Davey clinched the man of the match for his unbeaten 26 and 2 wickets.

USA sign off from the tournament with an impressive 3 wins out of 4 games. They now have 6 wins from 8 games under their belt at the World Cup League 2. They now set sail for Nepal in February to defend their pole position in the tournament. Scotland play UAE tomorrow for the final match of this Dubai leg of the World Cup League 2.

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