August 10, 2022
Recent Match Report – Scotland vs New Zealand ODI Only 2022

New Zealand beat 307 for 3 (Chapman 101*, Mitchell 74*, Allen 50 Lisk 2-46) Scotland 306 (Lisk 85, Cross 53, Bracewell 3-43, Duffy 3-52) by 7 wickets

Mark Chapman last scored an ODI century 2449 days ago. This came on his Hong Kong debut, having just completed both his exams and a 20-hour flight.

A second came in the Edinburgh sunshine late Sunday. Chapman’s century was his first in New Zealand colours, scoring 83 runs in Friday’s T20I. It was a flashy, brutal knock, and as he reached the landmark to point for a single off his 74th ball, the helmet came off, and the bat flew into the air. Two balls later, a seven-wicket win over Scotland in the one-off ODI was decided.

“I managed to score a few days ago and I’m happy to contribute again today,” he said after the match. “When Daryl (Mitchell) and I came together we had a lot of work to do. We talked about taking it deeper, partnering up and getting wickets in hand.

“Daryl was encouraging me to do it, and I just put my head down and tried to make contact. I’m stunned. Thankfully it closed today.”

The problem, at least for the opposition, is that New Zealand are so hard to beat. Even when you think you’ve got them, they fight back. Chapman had an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 175 runs with Daryl Mitchell. The pair easily negotiated a potentially sticky situation.

Chapman gave a special glow to Hamza Tahir, who was downright chatty. Towards the conclusion, three sixes in an over made him easy in the 70s. He was dropped by Michael Leask in the midst of those, mind.

On the other hand, luck had its share in Mitchell’s knock. The fate that largely escaped the Scots. But he’s doing a golden European tour, and there were plenty of touches of quality. This meant a tenth consecutive ODI win for the Black Caps. And this, remember, is a line-up without Devon Conway, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham.

However, the victory did not come without wavering moments. If not to win, Scotland will take a lot out of the game. Dreich is a popular Scottish adjective meaning gray and dull. It was suitable for the morning weather. And when Scotland slipped to 107 for 5 having elected to bat first in this one-sided match, it seemed fitting for their day.

But then came out Leask. By mid-afternoon, the sun was shining, Lisk had scored a quick 85 – his highest score in the format – and his quick dismissals of Martin Guptill and Dane Cleaver had turned New Zealand against it. At least for a while it looked like the game was going on.

“It’s a week of missed opportunities,” Scotland head coach Shane Berger said. “We lost the big moments of the game, but in the end, if you play more cricket they go your way. That was the difference in a big partnership game.

“I can’t fault the effort; the people participated and we did the best. Our skill level needs to improve. It’s still building blocks but it takes 1,000 words for resilience and character to shine.”

Scotland got off to a great start with Kyle Coetzer scoring 20 off just 12 balls. But Jacob Duffy was pulled down a wrong way. Then came the pressure from New Zealand. Michael Bracewell played ten consecutive overs. Just 11 runs were spent in the six overs between him and Blair Tickner, with the latter falling to Michael Jones Bracewell and Callum McLeod. Bracewell then put Scotland in trouble, removing both Richie Berrington and Chris Greaves.

Then came the counter punch. Finally, some home batting that reflects the aggression of the in-house DJ’s excessive use of musical intervals. Matthew Cross reached 50 first, with a thrust bridge to Lockie Ferguson, which had fizzled over a neighboring road.

But Lisk’s knock was extraordinary. pure aggression. Bracewell was tossed straight from around the wicket before Ferguson – short fell and sped away. A later flat bat had Duffy sprinting under the ground. ‘You won’t catch that big boy’ came the cry from the hospitality tent. It was spot on. Lisk then lifts Duffy over deep square and long on and then remains 15 runs short of a century. Later, Mark Watt and Safyan Sharif cameos to take Scotland to 306.

The hosts needed quick luck but didn’t get it. Chris Soul was celebrating the wicket almost immediately, with the Finn falling out of the reach of Allan Cross. After this, Sharif fell into the pads of Guptill, the ball hit the stumps, but the bail remained intact.

Allen fell exactly 50, Guptill 47 and Cleaver fell soon after. But Chapman and Mitchell held steady before accelerating. Chapman bowled Tahir for a pair maximum, Mitchell scored ten runs in a decent over, and between them, he scored 14 runs at Watt. Suddenly a run-a-ball was needed. In the end 25 balls were left.

How much long-term value these games have for Scotland, when played in such isolation, is difficult to measure. This was his first ODI against a full member country since the tour of Sri Lanka in 2019. There is nothing currently on the fixture list. With packed schedules, it’s hard to see where the extra games come from. In this case, it is ‘alive’ instead of ‘growing’.

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