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Richie Berrington Josh Davey guide Scotland to 17-run win over PNG in T20 World Cup inch closer to Super 12s – Latest Cricket News


Richie Barrington’s half-century was followed by a fine performance by Josh Davey as Scotland registered a second consecutive Super 12 win over Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 17 runs in a Group B match of the ICC T20 World Cup on Tuesday. Make a strong move towards making a place in. PNG’s team chased down the target of 166 runs for Scotland, despite Norman Vanua (47 runs, 37 balls, two sixes, two fours) and Kiplin Doriga (18) putting up a blistering 53-run seventh wicket partnership in 19.3 overs. Got stuck on the run. Captain Asad Vala (18) and Sesse Bau (24) failed to convert good starts into big innings. Davy took four wickets for 18 runs for Scotland. Mark Watt, Brad Wheels, Alasdair Evans and Chris Greaves took a wicket each. Scotland posted a strong 165 for nine with the help of a 92-run partnership for the third wicket between Barrington (70) and Matthew Cross (45).

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Barrington hit six fours and three sixes in his 49-ball knock, while Cross hit two fours and as many sixes in his 36-ball knock. Scotland, who thrashed Bangladesh by six runs in their first match, strengthened their claim of a place in the Super 12 stage by winning both their matches. The team has to play its last match of the first round against hosts Oman on October 21. PNG, chasing the target, had a poor start and the team lost five wickets for 35 runs in the power play itself. PNG lost the first wicket in the second over in the form of Tony Ura (02) who was caught on the wicket of Davy. Brad Wheel got the second opener Lega Seika (09) caught at the hands of wicketkeeper Cross. Captain Asad Vala (18) hit four fours on Alasdair Evans but the same fast bowler was caught by the wheel. Charles Amini was run out for a single while Davey struck Simon Atai (02) at the hands of Berrington to give PNG the fifth blow.

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Bau and Vanua then took over the innings. Bau took the team’s score of 50 runs in the ninth over with a six on Watt. Bau, however, tries to play a big shot off Chris Greaves, catches the wheel at long on. Vanua opened the account of his boundary with two consecutive fours on Greaves. PNG needed 80 runs to win in the last six overs. Vanua scored 18 runs in the 15th over with two sixes on the wheel while Doriga added 16 runs in the next over with a four and a six off Greaves. Watt broke the partnership by stumping Doriga. Only four runs were scored in this over.

PNG needed 42 runs to win in the last three overs. Davy also broke PNG’s true hopes by getting Vanua caught by the cross. Earlier, Scotland won the toss and elected to bat but the team did not start well and lost the wickets of both openers George Munsey (15) and captain Kyle Coetzer (06) till the fourth over. Coetzer was bowled by Morea. Munsey was looking in good rhythm. He opened the account with a four on Noceina Pocana and then also hit two consecutive fours on Charles Amini. Munse, however, waved the ball in the air in Amini’s next over and was caught by Lega Seika.

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Barrington and Cross then finished the innings. Both took the team’s score to 37 runs for two wickets in the powerplay. Barrington hit the first six of the innings on Seika and then completed the half-century of the team’s runs in the eighth over with a four on Amini. Cross hit a six on Amini after a slow start and then hit fours and sixes in successive deliveries from Pokana to take the team’s score past 100 runs in the 13th over. Atai broke the partnership in the 15th over by getting the cross caught by Amini. Barrington completed his fifty in 37 balls with a four off Morea and then hit his third six off Soper in the next over. Soper dismissed Callum McLeod (10) and Barrington in the 19th over, while three wickets fell in the final over of Morea, leaving Scotland only to score 19 runs in the last three overs. For PNG, Morea took four for 31 while Sopar took three wickets for 24 runs.

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