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Scotland beaten by Netherlands

New coach Grant Bradburn tasted defeat in his maiden game in charge as Scotland suffered a 44-run loss to Netherlands in the first of three one-day matches in Glasgow.

Michael Swart made 62 and Michael Rippon 49 not out as the tourists posted a total of 252 for nine in their 50 overs.

Despite a stand of 78 between Hamish Gardiner and Preston Mommsen, Scotland came up well short as Mudassar Bukhari and Paul van Meekeren took three wickets apiece.

The Netherlands chose to bat and though they lost Stephan Myburgh in the third over, they quickly took the upper hand with a second-wicket stand of 74 between Swart and Eric Szwarczynski.

The latter contributed 29 before being trapped in front by Iain Wardlaw, but a steady progression of wickets followed.

Wesley Barresi was run out for nine, Peter Borren made seven and Ben Cooper 10 as Scotland pegged their opponents back to 141 for six, Swart having perished to an excellent catch from Kyle Coetzer shortly after being dropped by Majid Haq.

It was left to Rippon to marshal the tail and he did so with an impressive 47-ball knock featuring only four boundaries.

Any early Scottish momentum was thwarted by the loss of Coetzer with 38 on the board and Calum MacLeod with the total on 79.

Gardiner and Mommsen rebuilt, striking four boundaries each in their sensibly-paced innings.

The former reached his half-century from 64 balls and at 152 for two from 30 overs, the home side were comfortably up with the required rate.

But Gardiner was dismissed two overs later, lbw playing across a straight one from Bukhari, and when Mommsen top-edged Van Meekeren to Bukhari at fine-leg, it left Michael Leask and Richie Berrington together and both on nought.

Berrington never got off that score, trapped lbw by Pieter Seelaar, meaning three wickets had fallen for four runs and Scotland were unable to recover. 

Josh Davey made 12 before falling to Bukhari, who took 3-21, and Haq added an unbeaten 11 but it was far too little too late as Van Meekeren, with 3-40, and Ahsan Malik wrapped up the innings on 208.

The teams meet again tomorrow, with the series concluding on Friday.