ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 17: Richie Berrington of Scotland bats during the Desert T20 Challenge match between Netherlands and Scotland at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on January 17, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

211 Not Out: Richie Berrington Adds Another Feather To His Cap

The Associate cricketing circle has never been so happening. A tournament consisting of four full members, six Associate nations, two World Cup berths and ODI status for the top four Associates: all to play for.

Amidst upsets, Scotland started off their Super Sixes round with a convincing victory against the UAE on March 15. Although to many it may not have held substantial value as compared to their win over the much-fancied tournament favourites, Afghanistan, the game saw Richie Berrington becoming the most capped Scottish player of all time with his 211th appearance.

While wishes poured in on Twitter from his coaches, teammates and former teammates, he celebrated the milestone by smashing 37 off 21 balls with a four and a couple of sixes.

211 games is definitely not a small number if you are an Associate cricketer.

Not many have had the privilege to represent their country for such a long time. Few greats like Peter Borren, Preston Mommsen and Majid Haq have been on the scene to see their countries gain recognition on the big stage.

A South African by birth, Berra, as he is fondly called, rose through the ranks playing for Scotland’s U-15, U-19 and A-sides. It is his intensity, game sense, patience and resilience that has seen him flourish all these years.
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In 2012, he announced himself on the global cricketing arena when he powered Scotland to their first victory over a full member nation when he belted a century off just 56 balls versus Bangladesh in a T20I.

Although many complained about his inconsistency, he fittingly silenced his critics with his maiden ODI ton in his 34th ODI against their Celtic rivals, Ireland. Even though it was enough to secure his place in Scotland’s World Cup squad, the best was yet to come.
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He reached the magical figure of 1,000 ODI runs in August 2016 against the UAE. He gave notice of his ball-striking abilities, yet again, when he stitched a record 127-run partnership with Calum Macleod versus Hong Kong in their inaugural match of the Desert T20I tournament.

Apart from his limited overs skills, his red ball credentials aren’t bad either. His patient and well nurdled 129 against Papua New Guinea in Scotland’s penultimate Intercontinental Cup game, helped them post their highest First-Class total of 514 and also gain a healthy lead of 110 runs.

With him scoring crucial runs in momentous situations, he’s been chipping away since a long time now and at the age of 30, who’s to say he’s not got his best days ahead of him? After the win versus UAE on Thursday, the Scottish team huddled around, as is the tradition, and belted out a heartfelt rendition of ‘O Flower of Scotland’ but Richie ‘Berra’ Berrington would have felt a greater sense of achievement reflecting on his career that dates back to his ODI debut versus Ireland in 2008.

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