T20 World Cup: Scotland captain Richie Berrington says team can be proud despite exit


Captain Richie Berrington insists Scotland can walk away from the T20 World Cup “very proud” despite failing to progress past the first round.

The Scots stunned the two-time West Indies champions in their first game in Australia, losing to Ireland from a strong position.

That set up Friday’s winners with Zimbabwe, but a modest batting display brought it about. one failure five

“It’s very disappointing not to cross the line,” Berrington said.

“But we played a lot of good cricket and we can walk away very proud of the performances we put in.

“Some of the cricket we’ve played here has been great and we certainly take a lot of positives going forward.”

Scotland reached the Super 12 stage of the second round last year’s delayed event, It brought three International Cricket Council teams together through a first-round group.

This time, they were the only non-Test side and entered the competition having played two T20 matches this year, beating New Zealand in Edinburgh in July.

The match against Zimbabwe in Hobart was also Scotland’s first time playing under lights since the last T20 World Cup.

Scotland made only a modest 132-6 against tight bowling and pitching, including a remarkable catch to dismiss Matthew Cross.

George Munsey scored 54, but it took 51 balls to get there and he gave a brief mid-match interview in regret.

Describing Scotland’s score as “south of par”, batsman Berrington – who made 66 not out against West Indies – added that he was “tough under the lights”.

He said: “I didn’t go. It’s poor batting from me. I would have liked to kick but they bowled really well.”

Coming in at number five, Calum MacLeod was next best for Scotland with the bat from 25 balls.

He and Munsey were left reeling, with a partnership of 34 off 40 balls between the 10th and 17th wickets, and it wasn’t long before there were fireworks from what followed.

Reflecting on the slender total his bowlers defended until the penultimate over, Berrington said: “We were 25-30 runs short with the bat. That would have given us a good chance to put more pressure on the surface.

“We’re disappointed that we couldn’t get enough momentum and execute our plans with the bat in the first innings.”