Scotland made it two wins from two at the T20 World Cup and took a big step towards the Super 12 stage as Richie Berrington and Josh Davey fired them to a 17-run win over Papua New Guinea.
Having upset Bangladesh in their opening fixture, the Scots condemned tournament first-timers PNG to an early exit in Oman.
After choosing to bat first, Berrington was the star turn, striking 70 off 49 deliveries. With Matt Cross adding 45 from 36, the Scots reached 165 for nine. Berrington later contributed a wonderful one-handed catch. Scotland should have scored more but lost six wickets in the last 11 balls of their innings, a rapid collapse that included four batters dismissed in Kabua Morea’s final over.
Josh Davey (left) and Richie Berrington led Scotland to a 17-run win over Papua New Guinea
Davey claimed career-best figures of four for 18 in a dominant Scotland victory
Scotland reduced their opponents to 35 for five in the powerplay. Norman Vanua brought a sense of intrigue, coming in at No7 and hitting an entertaining 47. At one stage it looked as though he might inspire a remarkable lower-order fightback but Somerset’s Davey — who claimed career-best figures of four for 18 — had him caught behind in the 18th as PNG were bowled out for 148.