Scotland have just 14 more games to prepare for their World Cup opening fixture against New Zealand in Dunedin on the 17th February after suffering a huge 186-run defeat to Tasmania.
Having recently been defeated by Ireland in a 50-over ODI series Scotland were looking to bounce back as the World Cup gets ever-closer.
This mini-tour was seen as excellent preparation for the Saltires against strong opposition in conditions similar to those that will be experienced next year in Australia and New Zealand.
Scotland entered the match with a new skipper at the helm. Preston Mommsen, South African born, was taking the place of former skipper Kyle Coetzer but his tenure could not have started more poorly as he won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first.
Tasmania gladly accepted and then piled on the runs, much to the Scots despair. Scotland did make an early breakthrough when Iain Wardlaw dismissed Beau Webster with just 25 on the board.
However, Scotland were then put to the sword as Tasmania powered their way to 168 before the second wicket fell, also to Wardlaw. Alex Doolan (75) and Ed Cowan (100) led the way and were the springboard for the onslaught that came in the closing overs.
Jordan Silk, 62 from 39 balls, and Mark Hill, 34 from 19 balls, blasted the Scottish attack to all parts as they took the hosts past the 300-mark to end the 50 overs on 303-4. Ian Wardlaw was the only Scottish bowler to emerge with any positives as he yielded 3-31 from his 10 overs.
Such a formidable total was made impossible to reach early in Scotland's reply as they suffered the loss of wickets at regular intervals to leave them faltering on 50-7 at one point. A mixture of pace and spin was the undoing of Scotland as only Freddie Coleman (28), Hamish Gardiner and Majid Haq (both 21) troubled the scorers to any extent.
Tasmania's Hamish Kingston (4-15), Van der Gugten (2-17) and the spin of Clive Rose (4-26) were the wicket-takers as they dismissed the tourists for just 117, with 14 overs remaining, to leave the Scots defeated by 186 runs.
New captain Mommsen, and coach Grant Bradburn, will need to quickly pick up the pieces from this disastrous start to the tour as games come thick and fast during October. Two further games in Australia, followed by four in New Zealand, will conclude the tour and the Scots will be striving for huge improvements after their first match display.
Scotland squad for tour of Australia/New Zealand
Preston Mommsen (captain), Kyle Coetzer, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Gordon Goudie, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Matt Machan, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.
Scotland's remaining tour fixtures
2 October- Tasmanian Tigers v Scotland (Anzac Park, Hobart)
9 October- Queensland Academy of Sport 2XI v Scotland
(Scorchers CC, Maroochydore)
15 October- New Zealand XI v Scotland (Bert Sutcliffe Oval,
17 October- Canterbury v Scotland (Hagley Oval,
20 October- Invitational XI (Canterbury/Otago mix)
22 October- Otago v Scotland (Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln)
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