Records tumble as Scotland down Netherlands in Dublin
A rapid-fire century from Scotland’s George Munsey and a 200-run opening stand between Munsey and his captain Kyle Coetzer saw Scotland comprehensively defeat Netherlands in the GS Holding T20I Tri-Series at Malahide Cricket Club today.
Dutch captain Pietar Sielaar will probably rue his choice at bowling first after winning the toss.
It was Coetzer the early aggressor, bringing up his half-century first off just 24 balls, but Munsey soon followed past fifty from 27 balls.
The pair raced towards their respective centuries at a rapid rate, but just after registering their 200 partnership it was Coetzer who flashed at a wide one and was caught behind for 89 from 50 balls. The partnership was Scotland’s
Munsey continued on and smashed his way to three figures from just 41 balls. He finished not out on 126 – carrying his bat through the innings and hitting 14 sixes along the way. His innings was the fifth highest individual score in T20 International history, and the highest by a Scotsman.
Scotland finished on 252-3 from their 20 overs – the sixth highest T20I team score ever.
In response, Netherlands were never really in the hunt after losing early wickets, but they did put on a very decent total of 194-7 from their 20 overs. Almost as impressive as Munsey was Dutch captain Sielaar who hit 96* from 49 balls, but his side fell 58 runs short of what was an unlikely run chase.
The next match in the GS Holding T20I Tri-Series is between Ireland and Scotland tomorrow at 1.30pm, with free entry to all fans and a livestream broadcast available via Cricket Ireland’s Youtube channel.