Scotland and Oman in action during CWC League 2 match at Mannofield in Aberdeen, Scotland - Image by Cricket Scotland @CricketScotland (Twitter)

The first set of ODI tri-series in a total of 21 in the ICC CWC League 2 Championship came to an end in Aberdeen, Scotland, with the host’s and Oman gaining crucial points in the points table. Scotland and Oman managed to win 3 out of their 4 matches in the tournament, which also featured Papua New Guinea, who remained winless and couldn’t open their account in the points table.

The only loss for Scotland and Oman came against each other in the double round-robin format tri-series event, with both countries registering convinving wins over PNG. While Scotland were playing in their own backyard, Oman helped their own cause by travelling to UK to play practice matches before coming to Aberdeen. That is something PNG needs to ponder about, when they travel again in a month’s time to USA to play in the next round of tri-series involving USA and Namibia.

The wicket at the mannofield ground was at the slower side and it was evident from the fact that the spinners from all the 3 nations took the majority of the wickets to fall in the series. PNG did manage to make close encounters with both Scotland and Oman, but failed to close out the games.

Kyle Coetzer (Scotland) and Aqib Ilyas (Oman) led the batting charts, while Hamza Tahir (Scotland) and Khawar Ali (Oman) led the bowling charts at the end of the series.

Brief Scores

CWC League 2 (1st ODI): Papua New Guinea 229/8 in 50 overs (Tony Ura 54, Lega Siaka 41, Chad Soper 29 n.o, Gaudi Toka 29, Zeeshan Maqsood 3/35, Khawar Ali 2/41, Jay Odedra 1/48) lost to Oman 234/6 in 49.1 overs (Sandeep Goud 67 n.o, Aqib Ilyas 41, Fayyaz Butt 32 n.o, Suraj Kumar 24, Charles Amini 2/49, Chad Soper 1/41) by 4 wickets

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CWC League 2 (2nd ODI): Scotland 168 all out in 44.5 overs (Kyle Coetzer 56, Craig Wallace 36, Matthew Cross 33, Khawar Ali 4/23, Aamir Kaleem 2/30, Zeeshan Maqsood 2/32, Fayyaz Butt 1/31) lost to Oman 169/2 in 45.1 overs (Khawar Ali 79 n.o, Aqib Ilyas 61, Mark Watt 1/25, Adrian Neill 1/24) by 8 wickets

CWC League 2 (3rd ODI): Papua New Guinea 205/9 in 50 overs (Tony Ura 46, Kipling Doriga 39 n.o, Assad Vala 36, Charles Amini 32, Hamza Tahir 4/37, Michael Leask 3/37, Mark Watt 1/26, Safyaan Shari 1/37) lost to Scotland 207/7 in 48.5 overs (Kyle Coetzer 96, Calum MacLeod 36, Richie Berrington 22, Nosaina Pokana 3/25, Assad Vala 3/37) by 3 wickets

CWC League 2 (4th ODI): Scotland 223/7 in 50 overs (Richie Berrington 68, Matthew Cross 59, Craig Wallace 53 n.o, Ajay Lalcheta 2/35, Khawar Ali 2/40, Bilal Khan 2/45) beat Oman 138 all out in 38.2 overs (Aqib Ilyas 45, Sandeep Goud 32, Hamza Tahir 5/38, Safyaan Sharif 3/23, Mark Watt 1/13) by 85 runs

CWC League 2 (5th ODI): Scotland 242/7 in 50 overs (Richie Berrington 81, Kyle Coetzer 62, George Munsey 34, Nosaina Pokana 2/40, Chad Soper 2/43, Assad Vala 1/29) beat Papua New Guinea 204/9 in 50 overs (Assad Vala 48, Damien Ravu 38 n.o, Lega Siaka 33, Mark Watt 2/43, Hamza Tahir 1/26, Tom Sole 1/30, Michael Leask 1/43) by 38 runs

CWC League 2 (6th ODI): Papua New Guinea 206/9 in 50 overs (Tony Ura 34, Hiri Hiri 31 n.o, Chad Soper 29, Kipling Doriga 24, Jay Odedra 4/34, Bilal Khan 2/32, Zeeshan Maqsood 1/26, Khawar Ali 1/30) lost to Oman 207/6 in 47.4 overs (Aqib Ilyas 63, Suraj Kumar 35 n.o, Khawar Ali 32, Mohammad Nadeem 29 n.o, Charles Amini 3/39, Assad Vala 1/26, Norman Vanua 1/39) by 4 wickets

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