Oman continued their great start to their League 2 campaign at Mannofield on Thursday, cruising to an 8-wicket victory over hosts Scotland.

It was the Omani spinners who engineered the win after Scotland had made a great start of their own, Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer reaching 71 at five an over before left-armer Aamir Kaleem made the first breakthrough by inducing an uppish drive from Cross to Sandeep Goud at extra cover.

It was Coetzer’s departure for a well-made 56 with the score on 102, however, which was the trigger for a dramatic mid-order collapse as the Scots slumped from 102 for two to 113 for six in just four overs, Khawar Ali claiming three wickets and Aqib Ilyas one.

Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood had turned to spin as soon as the first powerplay was completed, and his quartet of spin bowlers contributed 22 overs before he reverted to seam from one end.

But the spinners continued from the other, and it was Maqsood himself who broke a promising little stand between Craig Wallace and Safyaan Sharif when he trapped the latter in from with the total on 138.

Wallace stood firm to the end, and his defiant 36 enabled Scotland to reach 168 before he was the last out, leg-before to Aamir Kaleem.

Khawar Ali finished with four for 23, Maqsood and Kaleem picking up two apiece; in all, the four spinners claimed nine of the wickets at a collective cost of 95 runs.

It never seemed likely to be enough, and Khawar then tightened Oman’s grip on the game with an unbeaten knock of 79, sharing a second-wicket stand of 123 with Aqib Ilyas which only ended when, with the Omanis on the brink of victory, debutant Adrian Neill took a return catch from Aqib.

The all-rounder had made 61, from 92 deliveries with four boundaries, and it fell to skipper Maqsood to support Khawar as he knocked off the eight runs still needed to clinch the win.

Khawar’s patient innings took 140 balls and included five fours and two sixes; unsurprisingly, he took the Player of the Match award as Oman celebrated their dream start to their League 2 programme.