Jason Holder Audio | Windies v Scotland at ICC World Cup Qualifier
HARARE, Zimbabwe – Windies captain Jason Holder spoke to members of the media following his team’s win over Scotland in their third Super Six match at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.
Windies won by five runs under the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method after heavy rain in the afternoon halted the Scotland run chase. The result ensured Windies topped the points standings and booked a place at next year’s prestigious ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
Scotland were on 125-5 off 35.2 overs in reply to Windies 198 all out off 50 overs. The Windies innings was built around a crucial third-wicket stand of 121 between Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels, after they were in early trouble at 2-2 in the third over.
Lewis, the powerful left-hander, played some awesome strokes on both sides of the wicket. He dominated the partnership and topscored with 66 – which included seven boundaries and two sixes.
The stylish Samuels was patient and offered vital assistance to Lewis as they rebuilt the innings. He made 51 – and like Lewis — recorded his second consecutive half-century.
When Scotland batted fast bowler Kemar Roach again made an early breakthrough with the new ball. He ended with impressive figures of 7-2-20-2.
Off-spinner Ashley Nurse played a vital role in the middle overs. He took 2-35, including a brilliant one-handed caught-and-bowl to break a stubborn partnership.
The Caribbean side finished on an unassailable eight points and will play in the tournament final at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
First ball is 9:30am (3:30am Eastern Caribbean Time/2:30am Jamaica Time).
Jason Holder Audio
98. Jason Holder (Captain)
3. Jason Mohammed (Vice Captain)
70. Devendra Bishoo
26. Carlos Brathwaite
45. Chris Gayle
2. Shimron Hetmyer
4. Shai Hope
17. Evin Lewis
33. Nikita Miller
5. Ashley Nurse
84. Keemo Paul
52. Rovman Powell
24. Kemar Roach
7. Marlon Samuels
60. Kesrick Williams
Start: 9:30am (3:30am Eastern Caribbean/2:30am Jamaica)
Tuesday, March 6: Windies beat UAE by 60 runs at Old Hararians
Thursday, March 8: Windies beat PNG by 6 wickets at Old Hararians
Saturday, March 10: Windies beat Ireland by 52 runs at Harare Sports Club
Monday, March 12: Windies beat Netherlands by 54 runs (DLS Method) at Harare Sports Club
Thursday, March 15: Windies lost to Afghanistan by 3 wickets at Harare Sports Club
Monday, March 19: Windies beat Zimbabwe by 4 wickets at Harare Sports Club
Wednesday, March 21: Windies beat Scotland by 5 runs (DLS Method) at Harare Sports Club
Sunday, March 25: FINAL at Harare Sports Club