Hamilton rues missed chance

ICC World Twenty20 2009

There were contrasting emotions when Brendon McCullum and Gavin Hamilton spoke afterwards

Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton blasted his side for missing their opportunity to complete a second shock of the ICC World Twenty20.

Hamilton, who predicted at least one surprise by a minnow on the eve of the 17-day tournament, was supremely confident of matching Holland’s result against England last night when New Zealand walked out to chase 90 off just seven overs at The Oval.

But a glut of no-balls and some shoddy fielding allowed the Black Caps off the hook and they completed a seven-wicket win with one over unused.

Kyle Coetzer

Kyle Coetzer fumbles a catch - one of several errors in the field as Scotland slipped to defeat against New Zealand

“I will not criticise bowlers because it is an incredibly pressurised situation to bowl a one-over spell and settle into it,” said Hamilton.

“We decided our game plan before the start. I was happy with it, all the bowlers were happy with it, but I am sure by the bowlers’ own admission the execution was nowhere near.

“But we have prided ourselves on our fielding in recent weeks and today was simply not good enough.

“We have got to take catches, we have got to stop boundaries. We can’t be seen, as an international team, getting out of the way of the ball if it’s coming too fast for us - that’s just absolutely ridiculous.”

New Zealand raced to 50 inside three overs to dampen Scottish hopes on a dreary day in south London.

“I was more than confident,” said Hamilton. “I said to the team that we had to identify moments when we can take games. They are few and far between, but when they come we had to take them.

“Goodness me, at halfway I think we were hot favourites to win it.

“No beating about the bush, we were backing ourselves in a big way.”

Given a whirlwind start by Ryan Watson’s 27 from 10 balls, after rain delayed things until 12.20pm, Scotland were powered to 89 for four by a half-century stand between Kyle Coetzer and Navdeep Poonia.

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson had given Scotland the perfect start with some powerful hitting

“We simply didn’t do that today after giving ourselves more than a good chance.

“The first half of the game we performed out of our skin,” Hamilton added. “The batters saw out the game plan 100%.

“In recent years we have been very guilty of not putting all three disciplines together and if ever there was a day to do it today was it.”

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum - standing in for the injured Daniel Vettori - nevertheless paid tribute to the associate country for their effort.

“After watching last night’s game we were pretty apprehensive about what was possible from a spirited Scottish side,” McCullum said. “The way they came out and batted was incredibly brave and incredibly free.

“They came hard at us and put us under a huge amount of pressure.

“At half-time the boys were pretty nervous but we showed the skills we have with the bat to get across the line.”

Vettori had an injection in his shoulder this morning after slipping in training yesterday and will be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s match against South Africa at Lord’s.

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