Scotland lost the last game of their World Cup warm-up tour down under to Otago by 67 runs, despite a Kyle Coetzer century in their reply.
In truth, the Scots left themselves with too much to do with the bat, after Otago were all out for 361 in the penultimate over.
Coetzer batted for almost the entire Scotland innings for his score of 128 but the tourists were all out for 294 with 38 balls still remaining in the match. Had they conserved wickets, there may have been a grandstand finish to the run chase.
The result means that the Scots ended their tour with just two wins and five defeats, although they have gained more experience of the conditions they will face during next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
After winning the toss and opting to field first, Preston Mommsen arguably regretted that decision when the Otago openers made a blistering start to their side’s innings. Otago captain Aaron Redmond went at more than a run a ball for his 71 and opening partner Michael Bracewell (65) put on 138 for the first wicket.
It was Michael Leask who made the breakthrough, removing both opening batsmen within four overs of one another. Leask (3-58) had a good day with the ball, and was one of Scotland’s most economical bowlers.
When Jess Ryder (9) became Matt Machan’s first victim of the day, the scoreboard read 161-3 – but Otago would go on to add another 200 runs in less than 25 overs, ending their innings with an overall run rate of 7.49.
Half-centuries from Iain Robertson (51) and Derek de Boorder (69) helped the New Zealanders to post a mammoth 361 before they were all out with just under two of their allotted overs remaining.
Requiring more than seven an over for victory, Scotland needed a strong start, and they were offered that by opening batsman Kyle Coetzer. The 30-year-old added to the three half-centuries he already posted on the tour by reaching three figures at the top of the order. His innings of 128 included 16 fours and two sixes, but he was offered little assistance from his teammates.
Richie Berrington (54) and Mommsen (30) were the next highest scorers as Coetzer batted his way through nine different partners at the crease. When the centurion finally fell in the 43rd over, Scotland were 287-9.
Defeat was soon confirmed when Nick Beard picked up his fourth wicket of the day the following over.