Scotland at the T20 World Cup: How the Players Rated

Watt, Leask and Davey shine, while Coetzer and Macleod endure a tournament of horrors

8. Mark Watt – 8 (42 runs @ 8.40, 7 wickets @ 26.28, 1 catch)

Mark Watt T20 World Cup
Mark Watt bowling at the T20 World Cup (Photo: ICC)

Mark Watt’s left arm orthodox spin was a revelation for many at the T20 World Cup. After all, there are not many spinners going around who can deliver 100 km/h+ yorkers at will. He was Scotland’s most economical bowler across the eight games with a parsimonious economy rate of 6.13. Additionally, he also picked up seven wickets at an average of 26.28. Expect Watt to pickup a franchise T20 or a County deal in the future, if he keeps up this level of performance.

9. Josh Davey – 8 (9 wickets @ 13.66, 1 catch)

Josh Davey poses with the POTM award. He took 3/25 against Oman (Photo: ICC)

Josh Davey was unquestionably Scotland’s best quick bowler at the T20 World Cup. The seasoned Somerset County pro was pure class before injury unfortunately ended his cup campaign early after five games. His best outings came against against Papua New Guinea and Oman where he returned figures of 4/18 and 3/25 respectively.

10. Safyaan Sharif – 7 (8 wickets @ 23.50)

It was a solid outing at the T20 World Cup for Sharif, who bowled with great control and accuracy with the exception of games against India and Pakistan. Overall, he took 8 wickets at an average of 23.50 and an economy rate of 8.11.

11. Brad Wheal – 5.5 (8 wickets @ 29.62, 4 catches)

Another member of Scotland’s right-arm medium pace contingent, Wheal had a patchy T20 World Cup. He was impressive against Bangladesh and Namibia, but was equally taken apart in most of the other matches. Ended up with the 2nd worst economy rate amongst all Scottish bowlers, despite his eight wickets.

12. Dylan Budge – N/A (0 runs @ 0.00)

Brought into the starting XI for the Pakistan game to replace the struggling Macleod, Budge could only manage a duck. Unfair to judge on one match.

13. Craig Wallace † – N/A (4 runs @ 4.00)

Only played a solitary game against Namibia, made four runs. Unfair to judge on one match.

14. Alasdair Evans – 2 (1 wicket @ 86.00)

Evans had a poor time with the ball in the three games that he played in. The 32 year old erred in line and length consistently, often serving up half-pitch trackers on the batters’ hips. As a result, his economy rate suffered badly (10.75) and he only picked up a single wicket at an average of 86.00.

15. Hamza Tahir – 6 (1 wicket @ 24.00)

Left out of Scotland’s starting XI for the first seven games, Tahir finally got an opportunity to showcase his skills in the final Super 12 fixture against Pakistan. He varied his flight and length beautifully and got the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan, conceding only run a ball in his 4 overs. Given Tahir’s splendid record in T20I cricket and subsequent performance against Pakistan, one feels a couple more opportunities may have helped the Scottish campaign.

16. Michael Jones – N/A

Jones replaced Davey in the wider Scottish squad, once Davey was withdrawn due to an injury. Did not play a game at the T20 World Cup.

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