Captain Coetzer ‘extremely proud’ after historic win

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer says he is extremely proud of his team after their historic six-run victory over England in the one-off ODI in Edinburgh on Sunday.

The home team set the game up nicely when they hit a total of 371/5 thanks mainly to an unbeaten 140 from Calum MacLeod and then the bowlers restricted the England to 365 all out as the hosts sealed a thrilling win over the number-one ranked side in the world.

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The win was especially special for the Scots as they failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

Coetzer told Sky Sports after the game: “I was extremely proud first of all, but it is a trait we are starting to get very, very good at.

“With ball in hand, we’ve been very good over the last few years, and especially coming off the back of Zimbabwe, this being our first game of the year, it’s been an outstanding performance.

“Look, 371 played 365, it’s an outstanding game, bowlers found it hard on a flat wicket with small boundaries, but it’s great to be this side of the fence.”

The Scotland skipper, who struck 58 with the bat and gave his team a fine start, also had a word of praise for centurion MacLeod.

Coetzer said: “He’s obviously in fine form, he struck the ball cleanly from the start of his innings. Basically I was just hoping he mishit one, and thankfully that happened.”

Scotland will now turn their attention to the shortest format of the game as they take on Pakistan in two T20Is in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday.