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Scots seal comfortable win

Scotland claimed a seven-wicket win over Papua New Guinea as they continued their preparations for this month's World Cup qualifiers.

The Scots won the toss in Christchurch and after choosing to field made quick gains as seamers Rob Taylor and Safyaan Sharif both claimed four wickets as their opponents were skittled out for 171 after 48 overs.

Despite losing skipper Kyle Coetzer (17) after just 27 balls, the Saltires were never in danger of defeat and pushed on when Calum MacLeod (57) and Matt Machan (67) both notched up half-centuries, before Freddie Coleman (six not out) and Preston Mommsen (19no) completed the job with 21 overs to spare.

Coach Craig Wright said: "It was a very good win and a pretty dominant performance. The seamers bowled well up front with the new ball and we had them in a bit of trouble at 60-odd for seven. The batting was extremely dominant and positive as we chased the score down in pretty quick time."

Scotland will now take on Namibia on Saturday in their final warm-up match before taking on Group A rivals Hong Kong on Monday as they begin their quest for a place at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.