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July 25, 2012
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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