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Machan sets up Scotland win

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January 27, 2014

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Matt Machan looks to improvise during his 61, Netherlands v Scotland, ICC World T20 Qualifier, Qualifying play-off, Abu Dhabi, November 28, 2013
Matt Machan gave Scotland's innings impetus when it resumed on the second day (file photo) © ICC/Getty
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Scotland kept themselves in touch near the top of the Super Six table with a 21-run victory over Namibia who remain at the bottom.

The match was halted after 12 overs of Namibia's chase on Sunday due to rain after Scotland had posted 279 for 9 They had made brisk progress through Matt Machan and captain Preston Mommsen as the pair took their third-wicket stand to 82 in 15 overs. Machan was on course for his second ODI hundred but fell for 78 off 61 balls and Mommsen departed five overs later as Scotland threatened to lose their way.

However, a stand of 55 between Freddie Coleman and Richie Berrington solidified their position and Berrington added further impetus to the innings with a sprightly 51 although a regular loss of wickets in the later overs meant only 50 runs came in the final nine.

Namibia, who were 59 for 2 when the rain came, were given a chance of chasing down the target by a fourth-wicket stand of 80 between Craig Williams (57) and Nicolaas Scholtz but both fell in consecutive overs to Safyaan Sharif who then made it three wickets in three overs when he removed Christi Viljoen. JJ Smit struck three sixes in a 20-ball 38 but Namibia had left themselves too much to do.

Machan earned the Man of the Match award. "Hopefully we can build on this win and come back tomorrow against PNG," he said. "It was slightly tough to play the game over two days, but we actually did it in the summer against Kenya in Scotland, so most of the guys have done it before and it wasn't too taxing."

Mommsen was thrilled that his side was able to back up its strong batting performance in the field. "Coming back today was a bit difficult, they had a really good partnership together, and we struggled to get a breakthrough. But I think Sharif had a brilliant spell towards the back end, and I think that's what won us the game."

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