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Frustrated Watson Lashes Out

Written by Athar Khan on July 4th, 2008   (283 views)

Watson - Fuming. Scotland captain Ryan Watson could not conceal his frustration after his side were shot out for 101 by New Zealand in Aberdeen.

The Scots lost the one-day international by eight wickets as New Zealand reached their victory target inside 15 overs at Mannofield Park.

Watson’s team, who beat Ireland yesterday, faced an uphill struggle after New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori won the toss and gave his bowlers first use of helpful, humid conditions.

Watson said: “When you play sides like New Zealand you need a bit of luck but everything went against us and the gulf between the teams got wider and wider.

“I don’t think we played poor shots but were genuinely bowled out by a side who knew how to take advantage of the conditions.

“It’s really frustrating to suffer a result like this in such a high-profile game because we wanted to show our improvement and I genuinely believe we could have got 200-220 if conditions had been in our favour.”

Instead, much of the Scotland innings was played in steady rain, and Watson added: “I think we should have come off because conditions were really tough.

“It’s a hard call and I don’t want to criticise the umpires too much because they’ve done a great job over the last two days but I’d have come off.”

Vettori admitted: “The toss played a big part because it was always going to be difficult to bat.

“I had no hesitation in bowling first because the only way we could have slipped up would be to have batted and lost some early wickets.

“We wanted to be ruthless and it’s pleasing to end the tour with a good win.”

Source: Cricket365

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