Thursday 2 April 2009 

McCallum's Second Century Sets Up Scotland Win

Scotland 267-6 (McCallum 103, Koetzer 68) beat
Namibia 194 (Snyman 95no, Goudie 3-24) by 72 runs

World Cup Qualifier Group A, Pretoria

Scotland's Neil McCallum scored his second century in as many days as Scotland rallied to reach 267 for six and beat Namibia by 72 runs in their World Cup qualifying game against Namibia in Pretoria.

McCallum stroked 103 and Kyle Coetzer 68 as Scotland recovered from falling to 27 for two and 48 for three to post an impressive score despite Gerrie Snyman and Louis Klazinga picking up a brace of wickets apiece. Snyman was later stranded on 95 not out as Namibia were bowled out for 194.

Scotland were on the back foot early when opening batsman Gavin Hamilton had to retire hurt having made just two and they then lost captain Ryan Watson for nine, Nevdeep Poonia for four and Colin Smith for nine.

However, with McCallum in prime form and given excellent support from Coetzer, Scotland were able to fight back, the pair adding 105 for the fourth wicket, which came when Coetzer's 102-ball was ended when he offered a catch to Craig Williams off of Snyman.

McCallum went on, finishing on 103 from 93 balls with seven fours and five sixes before he was bowled by Klazinga and some big hitting from Jan Stander (37 not out in 17 balls) at the end helped them past the 250 mark.

Gordon Goudie and Dewald Nel then picked up three wickets, for the cost of 24 and 37 runs respectively as Scotland got their campaign back on track following an opening day loss to Ireland.

Nel started things off nicely for Scotland in the second innings by removing Raymond van Schoor (1) and Sarel Burger (2) before Goudie had Williams and Louis Burger dismissed for 18 and four respectively.

Calum MacLeod (2-28) removed Louis van der Westhuizen for 18 and Ian van Zyl (6) to back up Goudie and Nel and but for Snyman's unbeaten 95 in 102 balls with eight fours and three sixes, Namibia would have been staring down the face of an even bigger defeat.

Snyman and Bjorn Kotze added 56 for the seventh wicket to help add a little respectability to Namibia's total.

Both sides lost their opening matches, Scotland going down to Ireland and Namibia losing to Uganda on day one.

© Cricket World 2009