The T20 History of Scotland
Scotland have made four appearances at the Twenty20 World Cup and they will turn out at the 2022 tournament in Australia. When the T20 inaugural tournament was first staged in 2007 in South Africa, the Scots were in attendance and they found the going fairly tough.
The Scots’ first ever Twenty20 World Cup match took place against Pakistan on 12 September, with this being a match that was won by the latter. It was a convincing victory by 51 runs, with their ensuring match against India being suspended.
Scotland returned to the World Cup two years later when the second T20 international competition was hosted by England, with the team getting beaten by New Zealand in the group stage after losing by seven wickets. A day later, there was a mauling at the hands of South Africa and that would be their final appearance until 2016.
By that stage, the format had changed and the Scots were able to get over the line and achieve their first ever victory. After a defeat against Afghanistan and then a further loss against Zimbabwe, Scotland’s T20 team experienced their first World Cup win when beating Hong Kong.
The 2021 Twenty20 World Cup was something of a breakthrough moment for Scotland who were able to win all three of their first round games, with victories over Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman ensuring that they finished top of the standings. However, they finished bottom of their Super 12 group.
Who Holds the T20 Records for Scotland?
There are a number of Scottish T20 batsmen who have racked up over 1,000 runs and that includes Richie Berrington who stands on 1,694 at the time of writing. Kyle Coetzer has notched 1,495 and it’s also an achievement that has been managed by George Munsey and Calum MacLeod.
Scotland have managed some big team totals, with the British side having notched 252/3 against the Netherlands in 2019. On 16 September at the Malahide Cricket Club, this achievement occurred and it was George Munsey who also broke the individual batting record by managing 127 runs.