Scotland trailing Barras after day two

Scotland finished day two at 4/189 and are trailing the Hebou PNG Barramundis by 215 runs in the first innings.

Starting the day at 7/285, Chad Soper (60) and Norman Vanua (64) frustrated the Scotland bowling attacking, putting on 93 runs for the eighth wicket, before Soper was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Sole.

In his first match for the Barras, Damien Ravu continued on where Soper left off, making a valuable 32 runs.

Ravu and Nosiana Pokana took the total beyond 400, before Ravu was bowled to bring the Barras’ innings to an end at for 404 at lunch.

Safyaan Sharif was the pick of the Scotland bowlers, taking 4/94 off 26 overs, while Michael Leask (2/40) and Alasdair Evans (2/99) both picked up two wickets each.

The Scots got off to a strong start with captain Kyle Coetzer (24) and George Munsey (53) adding 64 runs for the opening wicket.

Calum Macleod (49) then joined Munsey to take the score past 100.

The dismissals of MacLeod and Matthew Cross (10) brought Scotland to 4/167.

Richie Berrington (29*) and Craig Wallace (12*) were then able to take the Scots to 4/189 at stumps on day two.

“It was really good to contribute to the team today. I wanted to fight hard for the boys (with the bat) and didn’t want to get out. It was really good to get some runs out there and take some wickets today,” said Barras’ Chad Soper.

“I think we did well to get past 300 and then we set goals like getting 10 runs and to get 400 on that wicket was very good. Our aim is to take wickets at regular intervals and to keep it very simple,” concluded Soper.

Day three of the ICC ICUP started at 10am today.

(Hebou PNG Barramundis walking off)

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