New Scotland coach Grant Bradburn tastes defeat in first match in charge against Holland
Last Updated: 01/07/14 9:14pm
Scotland came up well short against Holland in new head coach Grant Bradburn's first game in charge as the Saltires lost by 44- runs in Glasgow.
The New Zealander will look back on the match at Titwood and see it as a missed opportunity, however.
His side had the tourists in trouble at 175 for eight but allowed them to add a further 77 runs for the loss of just one more wicket before using up their 50 overs.
The Dutch were nowhere near as wasteful as they bowled out the hosts for 208.
Bradburn's job is to prepare the side for next year's World Cup in Australia and his homeland - but he knows the size of the task facing him is large after Scotland once again let victory slip through their fingers.
Yet they started brightly. Alasdair Evans took care of Dutch opener Stephan Myburgh (13) three overs in when keeper Calum MacLeod took a catch at the second attempt.
But by the time Eric Szwarczynski was trapped lbw for 29 from Iain Wardlaw's delivery, the visitors were already well on their way to three figures.
Michael Swart top-scored with 62, while Michael Rippon (49no) was only denied a half-century when he ran out of overs.
In reply, the Scots were going well at 157 for two until Hamish Gardiner was hit square on the pad by Mudassar Bukhari.
The Brisbane-born batsman had rattled to 52 off just 64 balls but his departure sparked a collapse. Preston Mommsen (45) and Richie Berrington (nought) followed soon after.
The hosts did well just to creep past 200 before Evans was the last man out with just three runs when Wesley Barresi grabbed his skied effort from Ahsan Malik's delivery.
The teams meet again at the same venue on Wednesday.