|ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013|
Haq and Mommsen put Scotland in charge
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
MAJID Haq and Preston Mommsen shared the honours as Scotland dominated the third day of their Intercontinental Cup clash with Namibia in Windhoek yesterday.
Haq claimed his first international six-wicket haul to ensure the Scots claimed the first innings bonus points before Mommsen hit a maiden century as the Saltires built a substantial lead.
However, they still have work to do to secure outright victory when play resumes at the Wanderers CC this morning.
Ten Namibian wickets must fall on the closing day and Haq, the best spin bowler on show in this match, is sure to have a big part to play once again.
The Africans had started the day with hopes of scoring the 120 runs they needed to secure a first innings lead.
However they managed just 33 as Haq, who already had three wickets on Saturday, claimed three more to finish with 6-32.
Skipper Gordon Drummond took the other Namibian wicket to record commendable figures of 2-26 from 19 overs as Scotland claimed six bonus points.
Their second innings started in inauspicious fashion, Friday’s centurion Ryan Flannigan edging Louis Klazinga to stand-in keeper Craig Williams with just two on the board.
However, Haq and Mommsen set about their task with relish, the former adding to his wickets by stroking a fluent 59.
The man of the moment had faced 104 deliveries and struck nine attractive boundaries when he was adjudged lbw to Pikky Ya France.
Mommsen, though, had his sights on three figures for the first time on the international stage and the Carlton man was not to be denied.
Eschewing the flamboyance which has seen him emerge as the Saltires “finisher” in one-day cricket, the South African-born batsman played with superb control and only accelerated as the landmark approached.
He eventually reached the century from 196 deliveries, stroking a dozen boundaries.
Kyle Coetzer, meanwhile, almost routinely moved sedately to yet another half-century – only twice in ten innings this season has the prolific Northants batsman failed to reach at least 50.
The question is though, have Scotland been too sedate in a second innings run-rate of just 3-an-over or can Haq spin his side to victory today?
With a lead of 347 they will surely declare overnight and hope they have enough time to bowl out their rivals for a second time.