Tom Sole shines as Scotland beat Hong Kong to claim top place
Scotland 92-6 (Coetzer 41) beat
Hong Kong 91 (Sole 4-15) by four wickets
8th game, Group B, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Bulawayo
Tom Sole and Alasdair Evans shared seven wickets between them as Scotland bowled out Hong Kong for 91 runs and later chased down the target in 23.3 overs with four wickets in hand to claim the top place in Group B of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018.
Scotland won the toss and decided to bowl first. Nizakat Khan (26) and Aizaz Khan (17) started steadily for Hong Kong with a solid 46-run opening stand off 64 deliveries but things fell apart for the Asian side after that.
Mark Watt (2-23) provided the initial breakthrough with the wicket of Nizakat following which Sole (4-15) on his third outing for Scotland produced a terrific spell to send Babar Hayat (7), Anshuman Rath (0), Scott McKechnie (0) and Waqas Barkat (5) to have Hong Kong reeling at 67 for seven.
Any chance of Hong Kong recovering was put off by Evans (3-19) as he cleaned up the lower order to dismiss them for 91 runs in 38.2 overs.
In the chase Matthew Cross (2), Calum MacLeod (10) and Richie Berrington (1) fell early but Kyle Coetzer (41 not out) and George Munsey (22) put them on course of victory taking the score to 74 for three.
With just 18 needed, Hong Kong created a scare with the wickets of Munsey, Craig Wallace (5) and Watt (5) but Coetzer saw them through in 23.3 overs with four wickets in hand.
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