World Cup qualifier

Scots World Cup hopes washed out in Harare

Kyle Coetzer

Kyle Coetzer: defeat leaves Scotland at home (photo by SNS Group)

Scotland’s hopes of making it to the 2019 cricket world cup were washed away in Harare as the West Indies defeated Kyle Coetzer’s side in a rain-affected match.

The Scots were chasing 199 for victory after a tremendous effort in the field but came up five runs short via the DLS method after the weather intervened.

They were well positioned on 125-5 in the 36th over when the rain came and were left helpless with no further play possible.

It was a cruel ending for Scotland, whose sense of injustice wasn’t helped by an lbw decision against Richie Berrington, when the ball appeared to be sliding down the leg side.

However, with no review system available, Berrington could not challenge the decision and he trooped off having made 33 just before the clouds rolled in.

Had he not been given out, and had he scored 14 runs the same number of runs as the next man in – Michael Leask – Scotland would have been ahead of the DLS rate by three runs thanks to their extra wicket in hand.

The result means Jason Holder’s side qualify for the final of the World Cup qualifiers and with it the tournament proper in England and Wales.

“There is a bit of emotion upstairs after all the hard work. I’m extremely proud of how we’ve gone in this tournament and we’ve shown what we’re capable of,” Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer.

“There are a couple of decisions that have hurt us in the last two games and obviously another one didn’t go our way today.

“Our seam bowling has been exceptional, it’s been up there with the top quality in this tournament. Credit to West Indies for getting through but I’ve got to give a lot of well dones and thanks to our boys.”

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