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Scotland v Namibia, Aberdeen, 2nd day

Watson defies the gloom

Cricinfo staff

May 12, 2006

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Scotland 274 for 4 (Watson 166*, C Smith 70) lead Namibia 168 by 106 runs

A superb unbeaten 166 from Ryan Watson put Scotland in control at the end of a rain-affected second day of their Intercontinental Cup tie against Namibia at Aberdeen. Play did not start until 4pm and less than 50 overs were possible, but Scotland, who resumed on 95 for 3, reached 274 for 4 at the close.

Watson and Colin Smith did the damage, adding 179 for the fourth wicket in even time. Watson brought up his hundred off 121 balls, but got slightly bogged down towards the end of the day, but Smith more than made up for that.

Namibia's only breakthrough came late in the day when Smith was caught behind for 70 off Deon Kotze.

The forecast for the weekend is again mixed, and Scotland may need an adventurous declaration if they are to give themselves a chance of victory. After being eliminated because of the weather last year, they will probably go for broke rather than face a repetition of that disappointment.

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