Davey’s runs in vain as Scotland lose to Afghanistan

Cricket ScotlandA belligerent cameo innings from Somerset’s Josh Davey wasn’t enough to stop Scotland succumbing to a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat to Afghanistan on Thursday.

Aberdeen-born Davey smashed an unbeaten 22 off 17 balls at the close of the Scotland innings in the opening one-day international of the Dubai Triangular Series at the ICC Academy. The tournament is designed as a warm-up for next month’s ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Coming to the wicket at 193-7 in the 40th over, Josh displayed an array of strokes to help push his side up towards a competitive total.

He played a cheeky Dil-scoop for four off paceman Hamid Hassan in the 42nd over and next ball flicked a full toss from the same bowler over mid-wicket for four more.

In the next over he unveiled an orthodox cover drive off Afghan skipper and spinner Mohammad Nabi for another boundary.

In the penultimate over, he hit a further four off fast-medium bowler Dawlat Zadran before being dropped at point off the next delivery.

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He managed two runs and two leg byes off the last over as Scotland finished on 237-8 off their 45 overs (the game was reduced owing to thick fog at the start of play).

Josh was then entrusted with the new ball and started proceedings with a maiden. His next three overs though cost 27 runs and Afghanistan made short work of their target, reaching it for the loss of just two wickets with seven overs to spare. Josh finished with figures of 7-1-46-0.

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After the match Scotland coach Grant Bradburn said: “Today was disappointing. We were rusty and looked like a team who hadn’t played a game for seven weeks, which is the case, but we prepared well, but need to get some grass time into our legs and weren’t quite accurate as in execution – particularly with the ball today.”

The next game in the series takes place on Saturday when Afghanistan will meet Ireland who are expected to feature Somerset’s George Dockrell among their XI.

Afghanistan v Scotland scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/812623.html

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