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Cross century powers Scotland to 73-run win over UAE

Matthew Cross celebrating his century
Matthew Cross celebrating his century

Scotland 322-6 (Cross 114) beat
United Arab Emirates 249 (Usman 80) by 73 runs
2nd match, Super Sixes, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Bulawayo

Matthew Cross scored a fine century while Chris Sole claimed a four-wicket haul as Scotland kick-started the Super Sixes stage of ICC World Cup Qualifiers with a resounding 73 run win over United Arab Emirates in Bulawayo.

Scotland won the toss and decided to bat first. Cross (114) and Kyle Coetzer (43) provided a perfect platform with a 68-run stand.

The decisive partnership though came for the second wicket when Cross was joined by Calum MacLeod (78). Their 161-run partnership meant Scotland were in a dominant position to launch themselves with a score of 220 for one in 40 overs.

Cross reached his century with a six, needing 124 deliveries for it and even though UAE did manage to remove both the set batsmen, cameos from Richie Berrington (37 not out) and George Munsey (30) provided the late flourish as Scotland ended their innings with a score of 322 for six in the 50 overs.

Early blitz from Rohan Mustafa (32) and Ashfaq Ahmed (30) meant Scotland were going close to eight an over. However, Sole (4-68) dented their momentum by removing both the opening batsmen and that exerted further pressure on Scotland as they lost Adnan Mufti (11), Chirag Suri (0) and Shaiman Anwar (13) in quick succession.

Muhammad Usman (80) and Ahmed Raza (50) did show some resilience down the order with a 105-run stand for the seventh wicket but the target was always going to be out of reach for UAE as they succumbed to a 73-run defeat.

Cross was awarded the player of the match for his heroics with the bat.

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