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Scotland open series with win over PNG

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Matthew Cross’ 70 runs helped Scotland to victory
Papua New Guinea 197 (47.4 overs): Soper 46*; Main 3-33, Tahir 3-36
Scotland 198-4 (43 overs): Cross 60, MacLeod 45; Soper 2-20, Vala 2-30
Scotland won by six wickets
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Scotland beat Papua New Guinea by six wickets in their opening World Cup League 2 match in Oman.

In the first match of the round-seven series, Papua New Guinea were bowled out for 197, Chad Soper top scoring with 46 not out.

Matthew Cross (70) and Calum MacLeod (45) helped coach Shane Burger’s side reach 198-4. with seven overs to spare.

“I’m really chuffed with the performance the boys put in, especially in the hot conditions,” said Burger.

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“As much as you prepare back home, it’s never quite like being in the real thing and so being out there today was a bit of a shock to the system, but the boys came through it well.”

“There are still areas we have to improve in, but we’ll take a lot of heart from this.”

Papua New Guinea play Oman on Sunday and Scotland face the hosts on Tuesday, and there will be another round of fixtures to complete the series by next Saturday.

Scotland lost their Twenty20 series with Zimbabwe last week and face Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman in next month’s T20 World Cup first round.

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