Mommsen: We were too slow

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Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Scotland captain Preston Mommsen was left to rue his side’s poor start as Scotland went down to a low-scoring three-wicket defeat to New Zealand in Dunedin.

New Zealand seamer Trent Boult shone in the early stages for the World Cup co-hosts, taking two for 21 as the Black Caps restricted Scotland to 12 for four.

Tim Southee also took a brace of wickets before a 97-run fifth-wicket partnership between Matt Machan and Richie Berrington steadied the ship for the Scots, but the rest of their batting order fell away for 142 in 36.2 overs in the face of New Zealand’s red-hot attack.

The Kiwis, tipped as one of the favourites to win the World Cup, were expected to sweep the Scots aside but found it tough to break down a resolute attack and lost seven wickets before eventually claiming the victory with 151 balls to spare.

Mommsen praised Machan and Berrington’s efforts, which helped to give his side a fighting chance when they had looked doomed.

“It was a very tough start for us, obviously the ball was doing a little bit more than expected and to be fair they bowled very well and exploited the conditions,” he told the post-match presentation broadcast by Sky Sports World Cup.

“Unfortunately we lost a few early ones but credit to Matthew and Richie batting through the middle there. I think they showed what we are capable of.

“Unfortunately they couldn’t go on for longer and we were well below par in the target we set.”

In reply, New Zealand’s overeagerness to put the match to bed created a nervous tension as the Scots refused to wilt at the University Oval.

Iain Wardlaw (three for 57) and Josh Davey (three for 40) put the pressure on as the Black Caps finally toiled to a match-winning total of 146 for seven after 24.5 overs and Boult was delighted to get over the line.

“It felt pretty good,” he said. “I felt the ball was swinging around relatively nicely and I guess the wicket had a bit of assistance in it as well.

“So it was a pretty good bowling performance and I suppose everyone got a little bit of a bat as well but we got the job done.”

Corey Anderson singled out Boult, who will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad alongside Kevin Pietersen in the forthcoming Indian Premier League campaign , after his golden duck double at the start of the second over put Scotland in trouble.

He said: “The way Trent to me started off was unbelievable. They’re classy swing bowlers and they showed it today.”

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was impressed by Scotland’s efforts and was just relieved his side can move on with their 100 per cent start intact.

“It was tough,” he said. “Credit to Scotland the way they hung in there, especially after being 12 for four.

“Lesser teams would have rolled so credit to them for the way they hung in and managed to post a total that was going to be a little bit tricky on that surface.

“Pleased with the result, it was a little bit nervous towards the end, but we’ll take it.”

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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