It has been 2449 days since Mark Chapman last recorded an ODI century. He had just finished his examinations and a 20-hour journey when it arrived, on his first visit to Hong Kong.
A second appeared in Edinburgh’s late-Sunday sunshine. In addition to the 83 runs he scored in the T20I on Friday, Chapman’s century was his first in New Zealand colours.
The helmet came off when he reached the landmark off his 74th ball to point for a single, and the bat swooshed through the air.
It was an attractive, hard knock. In the lone ODI against Scotland, a seven-wicket victory was achieved just two deliveries.
At least for the opposition, New Zealand’s difficulty in defeating them is a concern. They fight back even when you believe you have them in your grasp.
Chapman and Daryl Mitchell’s uninterrupted stand for the fourth wicket was worth 175 runs. The two dealt with a potentially difficult scenario without difficulty.
Hamza Tahir, who had received straight peppering, caught Chapman’s attention in particular.
He breezed through the 70s with three sixes in the final over. Mind you, Michael Leask dropped him in the middle of those.
Mitchell, on the other hand, had a little bit of luck in his knock. The Scots largely lacked good fortune.
But he is on a memorable European tour, and there were many high points. It resulted in the Black Caps winning their eighth straight ODI match.
Remember that Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, and Devon Conway are not included in this lineup.
The victory was not without its bumps, though. Even if Scotland doesn’t win, they will learn a lot from the match.
A common Scottish term that means dreary and grey is dreich. It was appropriate given the chilly morning air.
And it seemed fitting for Scotland’s day when they dropped to 107 for 5 after choosing to bat first in this one-off game.
Kyle Coetzer, who had gotten Scotland off to a quick start, had quickly reached 20 from just 12 balls. But Jacob Duffy’s ill-timed tug led to his demise.
The pressure from New Zealand then started. Michael Bracewell produced ten continuous overs.
Only 11 runs were scored in the six overs he and Blair Tickner combined to bowl; Michael Jones was bowled by Bracewell and Calum MacLeod by the latter.
Richie Berrington and Chris Greaves were later fired by Bracewell, leaving Scotland in ruins.
The counterpunch then followed. Finally, some aggressive home batting that paralleled the aggressive use of musical interludes by the on-site DJ.
Matthew Cross pulled off Lockie Ferguson with force and fizzed onto a nearby road to reach 50 first.