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Scotland shoot out Oman for 24 – the fourth-lowest List A total

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

A List A encounter between hosts Oman and Scotland ended in quick time after Oman were bundled out for 24 in 17.1 overs – the fourth-lowest List A total in history.

Khawar Ali scored 15 of those 24 runs in Al Amerat on Tuesday, February 19, with the rest of the line-up all falling for single-digit scores – five players, in fact, were dismissed for nought.

Ruaidhri Smith and Adrian Neill, the Scotland pacemen, both returned 4-7, and Alasdair Evans took 2-10.

The Oman line-up featured four List A debutants, Moonamchery Michal, Khurram Nawaz, Sandeep Goud and Twinkal Bhandari, but each fell for nought, apart from Nawaz who scored a five-ball 1.

With just 25 needed to win, Scotland wrapped up the win in a mere 3.2 overs with Michael Cross (10*) and Kyle Coetzer (16*) seeing Oman off with 280 balls remaining.

“[Normally] there’s a partnership somewhere in the game, but we kept picking up wickets all the way though,” Smith said after play. “I didn’t think it was a bad wicket, we just bowled really well and took our chances when it came.”

Oman’s total was the fourth-lowest in List A history. A West Indies U19 team was bundled out for 18 by Barbados in 2007, and that remains the lowest ever.

Sri Lanka-based Saracens Sports Club were knocked over for 19 by Colts Cricket Club in 2012-13 – the Colts won by 286 balls to spare, still the highest victory margin by balls remaining in List A cricket – and Middlesex’s capitulation for 23 against Yorkshire in 1974 is third on the list.

The two remaining matches of the three-match series will be played on February 20 and 22.

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