Mommsen looking for pitches to suit Scotland
PRESTON Mommsen believes Scottish cricket chiefs need to box clever by choosing the right venues for big matches.
The Scots narrowly avoided an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday when they scraped to a tense 3-run win against minnows Nepal at Ayr.
However, Mommsen reckons the slow, low Cambusdoon wicket played into the hands of the opposition.
The sides meet again today (Fri) at the same venue and the captain said: “I think the wicket played to their strengths which is disappointing from our point of view because it is a home game.
“We should really be preparing wickets that suit our style of cricket. It's something that needs to be looked at.”
Scotland's leading strike bowlers Ali Evans and Safyaan Sharif, who had looked one of the most potent pace pairings at the recent World T20 Qualifier, struggled to make any impact against the hard-hitting Nepal batsmen.
They took just one wicket between them while conceding 106 runs in a combined fifteen overs.
Durham youngster Gavin Main had more success with 2-39 but Mommsen added: “You've got to choose the right venues that are going to suit your style of cricket against the opposition you're playing.
“That's something that's completely in our control.
“I'm not sure if preparations were hampered by the weather at Ayr but certainly conditions suited Nepal.
“The wicket at Heriot's - Goldenacre - is offering a lot of pace at the moment and we've got a great seam attack. Grange is also playing very well.
“I think these things have to be taken into account.”
Mommsen, though, is confident his side can lift themselves from Wednesday's nerve-shredding encounter to complete the double today and move to the top of the World Cricket League Championship table.
“We know what Nepal are capable of and they've shown they are a very talented side but we will re-group.
“We will look at our plans again and be ready for another hard game of cricket.”
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