Bangladesh v Scotland, only Twenty20, The Hague July 25, 2012

We set sights on beating a Full Member - Peter Steindl

ESPNcricinfo staff

Scotland coach Peter Steindl has said his young team is capable of challenging more higher-ranked sides after they secured their first win against a Full Member nation by beating Bangladesh in a Twenty20 international at The Hague. Steindl praised the composure and shot selection of Richie Berrington, who scored his maiden international century to lead Scotland to a 34-run victory.

"We've set our sights at beating a Full Member and we haven't done that in a bonafide international before, either ODI or T20 internationals," Steindl told BBC Scotland. "We know we are capable of challenging teams that are above us.

"We had a polished performance, we worked hard and got that result we were looking for. We've got a young team who are hungry for success but realise we have a long way to go."

Berrington, a 25-year old batsman who was born in Pretoria in South Africa, was the only player to score more than 20 for Scotland after they chose to bat. He was firm at one end, striking five sixes and ten fours in his 100 off 58 balls, the seventh hundred in Twenty20 internationals. He was dismissed in the 19th over and Scotland's score of 162 proved too much for Bangladesh to chase.

"That was an outstanding knock by Richie," Steindl said. "He's had a couple of really good knocks for Scotland over the last two years, but today the composure that he had, his shot selection and decision making was outstanding and he deserved to get a hundred. But Richie would say himself that it was made even more special by the result."

Berrington concurred. "I am absolutely delighted to get my 100, my first in T20 cricket for Scotland," he said. "But it was an absolutely fantastic team performance. We haven't had the greatest month or so, we haven't had a lot of cricket and we've had a few disappointing results in the CB40 [England's domestic one-day competition]. And Bangladesh are a very dangerous side with some top-quality players.

"It has been one of our goals for a year or two and we had great belief going into today's game that we could do it."

Scotland travel to Cardiff to play Glamorgan in the CB40 on Sunday and Berrington was keen to build on the success against Bangladesh.

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  • Afridynamite on July 28, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Bangladesh is not really a full member, they lose to Associates regularly and on top of that they complained about the Asia cup finals

  • UKDarinda on July 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Just to remind all that Neitherlands beat England in T20 World Cup 2009

  • b3ngal on July 26, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    from a bangladeshi fan.....congratz Scotland... Happy for you guys... I always considered ireland to be the one to have the potential to beat bangladesh... but now we will pay attention to scotland too:D

  • dummy4fb on July 26, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    Just one simple tought here. Why don't they combine all the "weak" european nations except for england together and come up with a team. Like the windies did.

  • Shafin1987 on July 25, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Very happy to see an associate member of ICC has beaten us.........I m not disappointed........bcoz we were like scotland,,,ireland,,,netherland just 13 years hope there success...........we need more cricketing nation to put up some good show in front of us like scotland did.

  • dummy4fb on July 25, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Well played scotland. Great performance of Berrington. Bd should take a lesson and make their homework before playing their next match. But never loose heart , T20 is a funny game, anything may happen,

  • dummy4fb on July 25, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Though Scotland deserved the win, I think they are getting a bit carried away with full membership status just because they beat Bangladesh who are one of the weakest of the elite 10 in a T20 match. If Scotland has such high hopes then they should play and beat Bangladesh in an ODI sometime then you can start talking. T20 is just T20 considering it has more to do with" luck and risks" and anything can happen in a given situation within that format.

  • Fogu on July 25, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Congratulations Scotland from a Bangladeshi fan. Even though I am disappointed in BD performance, I am happy for you guys. Berrington was a one man wrecking crew. Hopefully we will have more teams playing T-20 and One day international and gradually Tests.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on July 25, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Fans 4m anywhere must appreciate Richie. In fact BD team & fans have to praise him. His innings is not only best 4 his team but one of the best in T20I history. I hope he'll continue his form & win a County contract in upcoming County seasons.

  • dummy4fb on July 25, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    so now we will hear people screaming bangladesh test status to be replaced with scotlands atleast its something different i was tired of hearing about ireland. realisticly tho none of theses associates will get full status within the next 10 years they simply aren't able to attract their people into watching cricket.

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