Scotland keeps their run going
Scotland won the toss and elected to bat at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln against Papua New Guinea. They were unchanged from the side that defeated UAE on the same ground yesterday, while PNG showed two changes from the team that lost heavily to UAE in their last match.
Scotland opened with the tried and tested partnership of Cross and MacLeod and they took advantage of some wayward bowling to race the score along at just under a run a ball before Vanua who had come on first change brought the breakthrough.
Keeper Vare who two balls earlier had to have extensive treatment for a finger injury took a superb catch, standing up to the stumps, down the leg side to dismiss MacLeod for 29 and Scotland were 62 for 1.
Vanua struck again 8 runs later when Machan with a lack of foot movement gave a regulation catch to Vare standing back, and Scotland suddenly found themselves on the back foot.
Mommsen joined Cross and the pair proceeded to regroup, bringing up the 100 eighteenth over as PNG skipper Chris Amini switched his bowlers around trying to get another wicket.
The batsmen were both looking in good touch when Cross, in the twenty fifth, looking to sweep Dai misjudged the flight of the ball and was bowled round his legs one short of a well deserved half century which to leave Scotland on 135 for 3.
Mommsen is joined by Coleman at the crease and they look to push on. He is lucky to survive when Dai drops a chance at mid wicket off the bowling of former Grange Overseas Amateur Lega Siaka when he was on 63.
The batsman makes the most of this escape and races on to 94 before, the return of Gavera into the attack, sees him looking to go over the top through mid wicket, only succeeding in finding the hands of Chris Amini as he leaps up to grab the ball.
Next ball Gavera strikes again when he has Taylor trapped in front first ball, but Berrington survives the hat trick ball, and Scotland finishes the fortieth over on 221 for 5.
Coleman with 48 was unfortunate not to get his fifty when he was run out by a direct hit from Dai as Scotland looked to push for quick runs and in the end they finished on 288 for 9.
PNG fought back well in the final overs to restrict Scotland to less that 300 which at one point looked likely. Haoda, Vanua, Gavera and Dai picking up two wickets a piece for PNG.
In reply PNG got their innings off to a solid start with Morea and Siaka putting on 32 for the first wicket before Taylor, picked up the first of his three wickets, getting danger man Siaka caught by Goudie who was on as sub fielder.
Morea and Vala then put on a further 62 runs before Haq beat Morea with a well flighted ball, bowling him for 57 in the twenty first over, and PNG found themselves looking at an ever increasing run rate.
Vala was next to depart when the score was on 116 for a patient 33 and when Jones was run out seven runs later it was an uphill task for PNG to win.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and it was only thanks to a half century by Dai that PNG managed to reach 236 before they were all out with just under five overs left.
Taylor with 3 for 45 and Haq 3 for 52 were the pick of a Scottish attack that kept their discipline to give them a 52 run victory.
Scotland now play Kenya on Thursday in their final Super Six match knowing that a win will see them qualify for the World Cup.