Scotland beat Netherlands by 15 runs at Mannofield

Majid Haq
Majid Haq took four wickets for 33 from 10 overs against Netherlands

Scotland beat Netherlands by 15 runs in the first of two one-day internationals at Mannofield in Aberdeen.

Batting first, Scotland made 255 for 7, with Kyle Coetzer top scoring with 64, while all-rounder Majid Haq impressed with the ball.

Haq finished with figures of four wickets for 33 from 10 overs as the visitors were all out for 240.

Josh Davey claimed three wickets, bowling Australia-born Tom Cooper for 75 to wrap up victory.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Coetzer and Fraser Watts put on 86 for the first wicket before the latter became the first of Peter Borren's three victims for 33.

Calum MacLeod made 35 off 41 balls as he and Coetzer took the score to 142 for one before the opener's patient innings was ended by Tom Heggelman, Neil Kruger taking the catch at cover.

MacLeod followed Coetzer back to the pavilion six runs later, clean bowled past his outside edge by Heggelman, but the hosts steadied the ship thanks to 34 from Preston Mommsen and 29 from Richie Berrington.

Gordon Drummond then smashed an unbeaten 20 off nine balls, including two fours and a six, to help the Scots reach a competitive total.

Haq's first wicket was the important dismissal of Kervezee, who hit four sixes in a 52-ball knock, Davey taking the catch at short fine leg, as Scotland slowed the Dutch innings.

The visitors slipped from 157 for three to 170 for six, but a 59-run stand for the seventh wicket between Cooper and Bukhari, who smashed 41 from just 23 balls with three sixes and three fours, put them back in command.

It looked like the tourists had done enough, but Bukhari fell to Davey in the 45th over to leave them on 229 for seven and, with partners running out, Cooper was unable to see them home.