Battling Scotland lose to Canterbury
Scotland lost a high scoring affair against Canterbury in the latest game of the acclimatisation tour in Christchurch.
Half centuries from Kyle Coetzer and Preston Mommsen helped the Scots to a healthy 270 for 7 in their 50 overs, fully justifying their decision to bat after winning the toss.
Coetzer top scored with a fluent 83 from 92 balls (10 fours, 1 six), sharing a fourth wicket stand of 85 with Mommsen, who hit 55.
All nine batters reached double figures in a steady batting display, although Hamish Gardner (24), Matt Machan (23) and Calum MacLeod (20) will all have wished to kick on after getting decent starts.
Josh Davey (18) added 55 for the 6th wicket with Coetzer, while Michael Leask (13), Matt Cross (14*), and Rob Taylor (11*) all struck boundaries in entertaining cameos.
New Zealand international Andrew Ellis was the pick of the Canterbury bowlers, taking 4 for 47.
There was Associate interest in the Canterbury attack with Ireland A international Ben McCord impressing with 1 for 15 in a five over spell, while Dutch international Logan Van Beek also took a wicket but was expensive conceding 62 in just 6 overs.
Canterbury openers Henry Nicholls and Joel Abraham both made 25 before being dismissed by Ali Evans (1-48) and Josh Davey (2-43).
Scotland were cock-a-hoop and in the driving seat when Michael Leask ran out Peter Fulton - a veteran of 25 Tests and 49 ODI's - to leave Canterbury on 67 for 3.
Internationals Neil Broom and Ronnie Hira added 56, before Majid Haq (1-27) trapped Hira for 27.
When Rob Taylor (1-43) had Ellis caught behind for 0, Canterbury were wobbling on 124 for 5.
However, Cam Fletcher hit 11 boundaries in an unbeaten 73 from 63 deliveries, sharing partnerships of 81 with Neil Broom (68) and an unbroken 69 with Todd Astle (45*).
Scotland pushed Canterbury all the way, but the bowling unit didn't perform as well as it has in recent times.
Coach Grant Bradburn will reflect on the match as another missed opportunity, but will be pleased with the batting which has seen players score heavily throughout the order.