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Munsey, Berrington, Cross break Scotland records in title win

Scotland 221 for 3 (Munsey 71, Berrington 64*, Cross 50) beat Netherlands 106 (Edwards 31*, Tahir 3-26) by 115 runs

In what may be coach Grant Bradburn's final match in charge of Scotland, his players did their best to send him out in style, posting their highest total in T20Is to set up a 115-run demolition of Netherlands to claim the tri-series title in Amstelveen.

Boosted by a trio of half-centuries from George Munsey, Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross, Scotland posted 221 for 3, which was 32 runs better than their previous best in T20Is. It was also Scotland's biggest margin of victory by runs in a T20I, more than three times better than their previous record of 37.

For Netherlands, it was their heaviest defeat by runs. Their previous worst was against Hong Kong at the Desert T20 Challenge when they were bowled out for 92 chasing a target of 184.

Scotland once again got off to a flying start thanks to Munsey and captain Kyle Coetzer, the pair producing their fourth consecutive fifty partnership of the tri-series. Coetzer struck 24 off 14 balls before he was dismissed by Shane Snater in the fifth over to break the stand at 50.

For a third time in three matches, a different batsman came in at No. 3 and Cross followed in the footsteps of Berrington and Calum MacLeod in making a 40-plus score. He finished with 50 off 42 balls, though it was largely in a supporting role to Munsey and Berrington, who were the aggressors in partnerships of 84 and 78 for the second and third wickets.

Munsey blazed his way to 71 off 34 balls, Scotland's second-highest score in T20Is. He appeared well on his way to becoming their second T20I centurion after Berrington, but fell in the 13th over to Wesley Barresi's part-time spin.

Berrington took charge of the rest of the innings, creaming an unbeaten 64 off 30 balls, including four consecutive boundaries off Fred Klaassen to begin the 16th over. Another four by Berrington in the 18th off Snater took Scotland to their highest total in an innings, and they continued to pile on during the final two overs, the only blip being Cross falling to Timm van der Gugten with three balls left in the innings. The treble of half-centuries in an innings by Scotland was just the fourth time any team had accomplished the feat in T20Is.

Netherlands had famously chased down a target of 190 in less than 14 overs against Ireland in the 2014 World T20, but many of the heroes from that day have since moved on, and an injury-depleted batting unit faced an uphill battle here. Their chances were severely dented when two wickets fell in the first seven balls of the chase, Ben Cooper bowled by Mark Watt for a first-ball duck and Barresi suffered the same fate against Safyaan Sharif. By the end of the Powerplay, Netherlands were 47 for 4.

Left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir, who conceded 0 for 57 on T20I debut last week, burrowed through the Dutch middle-order to finish with 3 for 26. The innings ended after 14 overs when Dylan Budge and Cross combined to run Klaassen out for the ninth wicket as batsman Saqib Zulfiqar was unable to bat after injuring himself in the field.

As for Bradburn, his contract ends in December and Scotland have no more fixtures for the rest of 2018. After publicly declaring his ambitions to coach New Zealand in an interview with ESPNcricinfo prior to Scotland's win over England, he reiterated his interest in the wake of Mike Hesson's resignation and is considered a leading candidate in the New Zealand media. If this was indeed his final match in charge of Scotland, the Saltires made sure it was a memorable one.