Mommsen stars as Scotland beat PNG
Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen smashed a quick-fire 94 to lead his side to a 52-runs victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG) at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln.
The side wasted no time after electing to bat, with opener Matthew Cross (49) laying the foundations for a big innings. Man of the match Mommsen struck 10 fours in his knock of 94, and was ably supported by Freddie Coleman (48). Willie Gavera got the breakthrough in the 40th over, dismissing Mommsen and then Rob Taylor (0) to be on a hat trick and finish with figures of two for 54, one of four bowlers to claim two wickets as Scotland posted 288 for nine from its 50 overs.
Vani Morea (57) and Assad Vala (33) kept PNG in the run chase, but when skipper Chris Amini (7) was dismissed in the 34th over, it sparked a batting collapse, losing three wickets for 30 runs to see the PNG run chase fall away. A rear-guard counter-attack was launched by lower middle order batsman Mahuru Dai, who clubbed 50 from 29 balls, clearing the boundary five times and striking two sixes. Gavera was the last wicket to fall and PNG was all out for 236 in 45.1 overs.
Mommsen was thrilled with his side's strong all-round showing. "It was a good day, it started when we won the toss on a good wicket. And we got the runs on the board, which proved too many for them. We held our nerve with the ball which is a good sign for us moving forward."
"I'm very happy with unit as a whole, with the bat we're getting the runs and were able to put pressure with the ball because we're getting the runs," he said.