After yesterday’s rather straightforward win over Papua New Guinea, it was bound to be a much tougher ask in today’s contest against table toppers Oman.

With Oman chasing a target of 216 and Ayaan Khan looking in good nick with his score on 67 from 69 balls, Oman needed just seven runs from the last two overs with three wickets in hand, it looked to be a simple matter for the Omanis.

Scotland though, had other ideas.

Mark Watt bowled the penultimate over, with Ayaan Khan easing a single from the first ball. Watt’s next two deliveries were pitched up to number nine batter Fayyaz Butt and he played both of them back to the bowler. The next delivery had a bit more flight to it and Butt was tempted enough to go for the big shot. He mistimed it and it caught the edge, ballooning up to be caught at short third.

Kaleemullah came into bat at number ten and tried for a risky single to bring Khan back on strike. He was run out by Kyle Coetzer at the bowlers end, who threw the ball between Kaleemullah’s legs to get the dismissal. Khan then faced the final ball of the over which was another pitched up delivery pushed back to the bowler.

Adrian Neill came on to bowl the final over with six runs needed, with Bilal Khan on strike. Two back of a length balls on off-stump had Bilal playing and missing both times. He then edged the next ball and ran through for a quick single, with Scotland appealing for obstructing the field, claiming that Bilal ran straight down the middle of the pitch to prevent a throw to the bowler’s end.

The umpire was unmoved by that appeal though and Ayaan Khan was finally back on strike with five needed from three balls. This delivery was the same as the previous three and Ayaan went for a big shot across the line but only succeeded in getting a big top edge down to fine leg where Hamza Tahir took a fine catch.

Neill finished with 3-32 and took home the player of the match award as Scotland won by four runs. Earlier he was the not out batter as Scotland were bowled out for 215, George Munsey top scoring with 62. Neill’s score? Four not out.