Calum MacLeodard played a match winning knock of 116 not out to help Scotland to get a consolation win © Getty Images
Calum MacLeodard played a match winning knock of 116 not out to help Scotland to get a consolation win © Getty Images

By Sandipan Banerjee

Sep 12, 2014

Scotland managed to win one against Ireland and it was a thumping victory. The visitors won the match by eight wickets and with 26 balls to spare. For the home side it’s a rare defeat to a fellow associate but they do take the series 2-1. It was a good series for both the teams. Both can take plenty of positives from these three matches.Craig Young was named as man of the series after taking 9 wickets where as Calum MacLeod was the man of the series for his match winning century (116*).

MacLeod stole the show with his knock of 116 not out for Scotland during their run chase. After lose his fellow opener Matthew Cross (1) early, he and Hamish Gardiner (89) shared a crucial partnership of 179 runs for the third wicket, which sealed the game for them. MacLeod reached his second hundred in One-day International (ODI) cricket in just 125 balls which in the context of the match was a brilliant knock.

Earlier, Majid Haq, the experienced off-spinner took the first five-for for his career and it helped Scotland to get the upper hand in the third One-day International (ODI) against Ireland at the Village ground in Dublin. The visitors restricted to a moderate score of 241 for nine in their allotted 50 overs. At one point of time even this score was looking too far away for the Ireland but John Mooney‘s aggressive 96 of 77 balls helped the the hosts to reach a fighting total.

Mooney, who recently admitted that that he was suffering with depression due to “unresolved childhood trauma,” came to wicket when his team were struggling at 95 for four in the 28th over. His quick-fire knock was decorated by 12 fours and two sixes. He got out in the second last ball of the innings trying to hit Safyaan Sharif out of the park. Apart from Mooney, captain Kevin O’Brien played a handy knock of 36 for the hosts.

Among the Scotland bowlers, Haq was most successful. Two of his five wickets came in his very first over of the match when he got Stuart Thompson caught behind and trapped John Anderson in front of the wicket. His final bowling analysis were, 10 overs no maiden, 54 runs and five wickets. Apart form him debutant Sharif took two wickets for 44 runs.

Earlier Scotland won the toss and as expected decided to field first on foggy morning in Dublin. The match was delayed by 45 minutes due to wet outfield. When eventually the match started the Scotland bowlers managed to keep Irish batsmen on check and restricted Ireland to a modest total.

Brief scores:

Ireland 241 for nine in 50 overs (Kevin O’Brien 36, John Mooney 96 ; Safyaan Sharif 2 for 44, Majid Haq 5 for 54) lost to Scotland 243 for 2 in 45.4 overs (Calum MacLeod 116*, Hamish Gardiner 89 ; Andrew Balbirnie 1 for 31, Craig Young 1 for 50) by 8 wickets

Man of the match: Calum MacLeod

Man of the series: Craig Young

Ireland won the series 2-1

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(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)