Kyle Coetzer becomes first Scottish player to score World Cup ton

Despite his side being condemned to yet another defeat in the ICC World Cup 2015, opening batsman Kyle Coetzer registered his name in the history books.

By Dattaraj Thaly | Updated: Mar 05, 2015, 16:30 PM IST
Kyle Coetzer becomes first Scottish player to score World Cup ton

New Delhi: Despite his side being condemned to yet another defeat in the ICC World Cup 2015, opening batsman Kyle Coetzer registered his name in the history books.

The 30-year-old became the first Scottish player to make a World Cup century on Thursday in the game against Bangladesh.

Powered by Coetzer's knock, Scotland set a target of 318 runs. He reached the three-figure mark with a massive six.

Coetzer departed for a well made 156, which is also his personal best.

This was Coetzer`s second ODI century, with his first coming against Afghanistan in 2013.

"The guys at the other end were scoring and that took the pressure off me," Coetzer said, adding he took "a calculated risk by hitting a six to go to a hundred."

Since playing in the World Cup for the first time in 1999, it has taken Scotland 16 years and 12 matches to have a batsman score a century and for the team to post a total in excess of 300.

Although Scotland found it easy batting on the Saxton Oval strip, Coetzer said there was enough life in the pitch for the bowlers to give Scotland a chance of pulling off their first World Cup win.

"The odd one is holding up out there and if we put the ball into the right areas, there is enough there."  

With agency inputs