Thursday 30 January 2014 

Scotland, UAE Qualify For World Cup

United Arab Emirates celebrate their qualification for the 2015 World Cup
United Arab Emirates celebrate their qualification for the 2015 World Cup
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Scotland celebrate
Scotland held their nerve to beat Kenya and also earned the right to play in the 2015 World Cup
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Scotland and the United Arab Emirates have qualified for the 2015 World Cup after winning their final Super Six matches at the World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.

The other game saw Hong Kong beat Papua New Guinea to remain in contention for qualification only for Scotland's three-wicket win over Kenya to end their chances.

Namibia v United Arab Emirates

Batting first, United Arab Emirates lost opener Salman Faris without scoring but recovered thanks to Khurram Khan (49), Shaiman Anwar (47) and Amjad Ali (46).

Swapnil Patil also added 38 as they were bowled out for 263 in 49.5 overs, Louis Klazinga returning a haul of five for 36 and Sarel Burger taking two for 47.

Namibia struggled early on in their run chase before Burger's 54 in 102 balls and Gerrie Snyman's quickfire 48 gave them hope, only for UAE to close them down.

Amjad Javed took three for 35 and there were two wickets apiece for Manjula Guruge, Kamran Shahzad and Khurram as Namibia were restricted to 227 for nine, sealing UAE's place in Australia and New Zealand next year with a 36-run win.

Kenya v Scotland

Scotland knew that they had to win to make sure of qualification and they got over the line by three wickets with three balls to spare in a tense finale against Kenya.

Alex Obanda struck 89 in 101 balls to underpin Kenya's innings of 260 all out with Rakep Patel making 38 and Collins Obuya 29.

Safyaan Sharif was the pick of the Scottish bowlers with two for 65 as four Kenyan batsmen were run out.

FINAL SUPER SIX STANDINGS

UAE 8 points, NRR 0.7368
Scotland 8 points, NRR 0.4954
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Hong Kong 6 points, 0.5682
PNG 4 points, 0.4950
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Kenya 2 points, -0.2006
Namibia 2 points, -1.0347

Scotland were given a good start to their run chase by Matthew Cross, who made 55, and then after they were 51 for two, Preston Mommsen scored 78 in 97 balls.

The pair put on 51 together for the third wicket and with Mommsen going on to add useful runs with Richie Berrington (30) and Rob Taylor (46 not out), Scotland remained in course.

Then, in the 46th over, Mommsen fell to Thomas Odoyo to leave his side on 226 for seven.

However, thanks to Taylor, who faced 37 balls, and an unbeaten 10 in 11 deliveries from Sharif, Scotland got home and will now appear in their third World Cup, having previously played in 1999 and 2007.

Hong Kong v Papua New Guinea

Both sides knew that to qualify they would have to win and have other results go their way, which in the event didn't happen.

Nevertheless, Hong Kong's three-wicket win meant they finished in third place overall and both sides stand to benefit from One-Day International status until the next World Cup Qualifier takes place.

Geraint Jones top scored with 82 in 91 balls as PNG posted 255 for eight with Assad Vala also making 57 and Jack Vare 38.

Haseeb Amjad took three 70 while Tanwir Afzal and Irfan Ahmed registered a brace apiece.

Irfan then continued his outstanding run of form with 90 in 82 balls at the top of the order to set up the run chase.

Mark Chapman also hit 64 in 50 balls before PNG hit back, Willie Gavera taking three wickets and Raymond Haoda two.

However, Hong Kong held their nerve to reach their target with 13.5 overs in hand.

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Group A


Canada, Hong Kong, Nepal, Scotland, United Arab Emirates


Group B


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