Munsey composed a brilliant 56-ball 127 © Getty
George Munsey’s unbeaten 127 off 56, which included 32 in a single over, and Kyle Coetzer’s 50-ball 89 powered Scotland to the sixth highest T20I total as they registered a 58-run victory over Netherlands in the second match of the tri-nation series in Dublin.
A 200-run partnership between Munsey and skipper Coetzer – the third highest for any wicket in T20Is – powered Scotland to a mammoth total of 252 for 3. In reply, Netherlands could only manage 194 for 7, despite captain Pieter Seelaar’s 96 not out off 46, and remained winless in the series so far with their opening game against Ireland being washed out.
Asked to bat, Coetzer got into the act straightaway, scoring two fours and a six off Clayton Floyd in the first over which yielded 16. This set the template for the remainder of the innings with several big overs coming along the way, including Fred Klaassen’s 20-run over in the fifth. The powerplay yielded 72 soon after which Coetzer brought up a 24-ball fifty with a boundary off Pieter Seelaar.
Munsey, who was on 22 at that stage, caught up soon with Coetzer as he struck two sixes off Shane Snater in the eighth over before managing a four off Floyd in the next to bring up the century stand. Seelaar then came under attack from Munsey, who struck a six in the 10th over to reach a 27-ball fifty and celebrated it with another maximum.
Coetzer, who hit a hat-trick of fours in the 11th over off Bas de Leede, followed it up with three sixes in the next over, with Paul van Meekeren being the unfortunate bowler. This was after Munsey was dropped at deep mid-wicket in the same over, which eventually went for 21 runs as Scotland breezed past 150.
The maximum damage, however, was reserved for Max O’Dowd, with Munsey getting into overdrive. The first ball of the 13th over was sent sailing over deep mid-wicket for a six, followed by two fours. Munsey then explored the ropes ranging from deep mid-wicket to covers as he struck three successive sixes to take 32 off the O’Dowd over – the joint second most in an over in T20Is. Munsey went on to score two more sixes, in the 15th over which was bowled by Seelaar, to register his maiden T20I hundred, off only 41 deliveries, to power Scotland to the 200-run mark.
There was some respite for Scotland when Snater accounted for Coetzer and Michael Leask off successive deliveries in the 16th and conceded only three runs in the over. However, Floyd’s poor game continued as he was struck for a six and a four by Munsey in the 17th, which yielded 14, while 14 more came off Meekeren in the 18th over, with Richie Berrington deciding to have some fun with the bat. Klaassen managed to keep it quiet in the 19th but the final over, which was bowled by Snater yielded 13 as Munsey powered Scotland past 250, with the help of 14 sixes in his outing – joint second most by a player in a single T20I innings.
It required a monumental effort from the Netherlands batsmen to come close to matching Scotland’s terrific show with the bat. But that wasn’t to be as the Dutch lost their top three early to be reeling at 18 for 3 in the fourth over. Skipper Seelaar didn’t give up though, as he brought up a 32-ball fifty with two sixes off Michael Leask in the 14th over of the chase, while Scott Edwards hit his share of boundaries in a 64-run stand.
Edwards, however, was dismissed by Mark Watt for a 19-ball 37, leaving Netherlands with 122 to get in the last five overs. Seelaar continued his fight and remained till the end, but all his unbeaten knock – which included 9 fours and 5 sixes – did was to reduce the margin of defeat.
Brief scores: Scotland 252/3 in 20 overs (George Munsey 127*, Kyle Coetzer 89; Shane Snater 3-42) beat Netherlands 194/7 in 20 overs (Pieter Seelaar 96*, Scott Edwards 37; Alasdair Evans 2-19) by 58 runs.