|ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013|
Steindl pleased with winning draw
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
SALTIRES coach Pete Steindl was last night content to settle for a winning draw from his side’s Intercontinental Cup clash with Namibia.
The Scots went into the final day hoping to force outright victory but could only claim four of the ten wickets they needed.
Steindl said: “We’re naturally disappointed we couldn’t get the win we wanted but I certainly can’t fault the effort of the players.
“It was hard, hard work as we knew it would be and the wicket really didn’t give us the assistance we had hoped for.
“There wasn’t much movement in the air or off the pitch and the wicket flattened out when we hoped it might break up.
“In fairness the Namibians batted well but we went past the bat frequently and we just didn’t get the breaks.”
Steindl revealed the Scots batted on yesterday morning to put the game beyond the Africans.
“Getting a declaration right is always a delicate balance and we know how dangerous a batting side they can be.
“We have won the majority of the sessions over the four days and a winning draw is not the worst result.
“We have also seen some excellent individual performances with two guys (Ryan Flannigan and Preston Mommsen) getting their first international centuries and Maj (Majid Haq) claiming eight wickets in the match.”
The sides have just one day to recover before meeting again in the first of two fifty-over matches that will count towards qualification for the 2015 World Cup.
“It’s a very quick turnaround between the two formats of the game but we have a couple of options for freshening up the side and we will make sure we are ready,” said Steindl.
Carlton batsman Fraser Watts has joined the squad along with Arbroath’s Marc Petrie who will vie for the wicket-keeper’s gloves with Craig Wallace.