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Windies hold off Scotland to make it to 2019 World Cup

Kemar Roach (left) celebrating the wicket of Kyle Coetzer
Kemar Roach (left) celebrating the wicket of Kyle Coetzer

Windies 198 (Lewis 66) beat
Scotland 125-5 (Berrington 33) by 5 runs DLS
7th game, Super Sixes, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare

Scotland found themselves at the wrong end of the result as Windies managed to seal a five-run victory by DLS method after rain played spoilsport in the decisive 7th game of the Super Sixes in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

As a result, Windies now have sealed a berth in the World Cup 2019 tournament after sealing the top spot while Scotland miss out despite being impressive throughout the tournament.

Chasing a modest target of 199 to win, Scotland lost Matthew Cross (4) when he was castled by Jason Holder (1-31) while Kemar Roach (2-20) accounted for Kyle Coetzer (2) and Michael Jones (14) to leave them reeling at 25 for three.

Calum MacLeod (21) and Richie Berrington (33) began the consolidation with a 42-run stand for the fourth wicket. Berrington was handed a reprieve when Roach missed a run out chance in the 14th over and as they crossed the 50-run mark, Holder turned to Ashley Nurse (2-35) and the decision proved right as the off-spinner held a stunner off his own bowling to send MacLeod back.

Windies continued to be sloppy on the field as George Munsey (32 not out) was dropped by Chris Gayle in the slips and he and Berrington smashed four boundaries in the next two overs to bring down the target under 100 runs.

Munsey's second chance came when Shai Hope dropped him behind the stumps as the game was slowly slipping away from Windies but the decisive moment in the game came when Nurse trapped Berrington LBW, though replays suggested it was sliding down.

Shortly after the wicket, as Munsey and Michael Leask (14 not out) were building the innings to take the score to 125 for five in 35.2 overs, rain arrived and no further play was possible, leading Scotland five runs behind the DLS target as they miss out on the qualification for the World Cup by a whisker.

Earlier, three wicket hauls from Safyaan Sharif (3-27) and Bradley Wheal (3-34) kept Windies in check but Evin Lewis (66) and Marlon Samuels (51) played vital knocks to help them recover a bit before the Caribbean side were dismissed for 198 in the 49th over.

Sharif was awarded the man of the match despite being on the losing side.

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