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South Africa v Scotland
St Kitts, 20 March 2007

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Scotland's Ryan Watson
Stand-in skipper Watson scored 31 before being run out
Scotland's stand-in skipper Ryan Watson said his side emerged from their World Cup Group A defeat to South Africa with their confidence boosted.

Scotland lost by seven wickets but will fancy their chances against the Dutch in their final game on Thursday.

"We set ourselves a target of 220 and we weren't far off," said Watson.

"We posted 186 against South Africa, so batting-wise we are more confident. And we've got the wood over the Netherlands in the last two or three games."

Watson, a former team-mate of South Africa captain Graeme Smith, was deputising for Craig Wright, who has returned home because of a family bereavement.

And the 30-year-old, who made 31 before being run out by Dougie Brown (45 not out), said his side could have reached their pre-match target if he or Fraser Watts had stayed in for longer.

Watson said: "We lost a couple of crucial wickets in the middle. Myself and Fraser were going nicely, but that probably stopped us from reaching our target.

"If one of us had got set, 220 was on the cards. Dougie tends to do well when we have a bit of a collapse, he's got a good head on him.

"I felt good at the crease today. We spoke about how good their inner ring was, but maybe Dougie forgot about that! But they put so much pressure on you."

Watson said that Saturday's game between South Africa and top seeds Australia was difficult to call, but that the Proteas' lack of a genuine spinner might tip the balance in Australia's favour.

"They both look on top of their game, but I worry about South Africa's one-dimensional bowling attack," said Watson.

"If they introduced a spinner, that would help their cause, but their fielding and batting looks good."



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