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Scotland to restart in strong position

SCOTLAND were preparing to resume their bid for World Cup qualification last night after rain halted their Super Sixes match with Namibia.

The Scots had posted 279-9 and reduced their rivals to 59-2 yesterday morning before a deluge forced the players from the field at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Preston Mommsen's men looked on course for a total well in excess of 300, recovering from the early loss of the in-form Calum MacLeod and Matty Cross to reach 150-2 in the 25th over.

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Mommsen played second fiddle while Matt Machan took the attack to the Namibians with a series of blistering shots. The Sussex batsman hit nine boundaries and a six in his 61-ball 78, while Mommsen supported with 46.

Machan's departure, though, slowed the run rate as Namibia captain Sarel Burger inspired his side's recovery with a tight spell of 1-39, while the Scholtz brothers, Nicolaas and Bernard, shared five wickets.

Rob Taylor removed Louis van der Westhuizen, caught at long-off by Machan, and Burger, clean bowled, but Stephen Baard was 32 not out at close of play with Namibia still needing 221 from 37.5 overs.

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