Scotland suffer five-wicket defeat to Namibia in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Scotland suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Namibia in their latest Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Saturday.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer has backed the side to bounce back from the defeat to Namibia in the T20 World Cup, which starts next week. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Shane Burger's Scots - who defeated Papua New Guinea the previous day - completed their innings on 137 for eight.

But the Namibians hit back to reach 138 for five within 18 overs as Craig Williams celebrated a half-century before losing his wicket to Dylan Budge.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Coach Burger admitted his side were not at their best as he told Cricket Scotland: "It was a below-par performance in terms of the standards and expectations that we've set."

Scotland batted first and Richie Berrington led the way with a knock of 61 which took him over the 1,500-run landmark in T20 Internationals, but his fellow batsmen struggled to hit the heights.

Burger added: "Richie was excellent with the bat. He really anchored the innings and showed his class."

Namibia chased down their target strongly, with Williams (50) and Stephan Baard (39) their main run-scorers.

The Scots play their T20 World Cup first-round match against Bangladesh in Oman on Sunday, October 17.

Captain Kyle Coetzer said: "“It was not the result we were after, [but it was] nonetheless a good run out in the field and a good test to put our batting line up under pressure.

There's definitely a little bit of room for improvement, but we're on the right track.

"The guys are playing well and I fully expect them to bounce back when the World Cup period starts."

Get a year of unlimited access to all The Scotsman's sport coverage without the need for a full subscription. Expert analysis of the biggest games, exclusive interviews, live blogs, transfer news and 70 per cent fewer ads on Scotsman.com - all for less than £1 a week. Subscribe to us today

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.