Phil Simmons condemned his West Indies side’s batting after the two-time T20 World Cup champions were thrashed by Scotland in their opening match of this year’s competition in Hobart. Chasing 161 to win, West Indies slumped from 53 for one, 62 for four and 79 for eight as Scotland pulled off the greatest win in their World Cup history.
“Too many soft dismissals,” said Simmons, the West Indies coach. “As batsmen you have to pay a bit more attention to your wicket. We need to wake up and start being professional when we’re batting. The bowlers seem to be working hard and putting us in good positions, but the batters continue to be at fault.”
West Indies, ranked seventh in the world, had gone into the game as overwhelming favourites against a Scotland side that sits 15th. Their defeat, the day after Sri Lanka were resoundingly beaten by another associate nation in Namibia, means the tournament has sprung into life with shocks on its first two days and leaves the top-ranked teams in both first-round groups fighting for their lives.
“The main thing to take away from this is the fact that Scotland, since the last World Cup, we’ve only played two games,” said their spinner George Watt. “We don’t get an awful lot of fixtures where we can try things out. These guys play I don’t know how many fixtures a year, so the fact that we’ve played two T20s and come in and beat [former] world champions is a bit of a surprise – but in our dressing room we believe that we can beat anyone on our day.”
This was emphatically Scotland’s day, the game played in breezy, chilly, overcast and, for a while, wet conditions. After being put in to bat George Munsey top-scored with an unbeaten 66, helping his side to 52 without loss off 5.2 overs when play was suspended because of rain.