Holland take final World Cup spot

28 Nov

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer won the toss and elected to bat first at the Sheikh Zayed stadium, as the Scots made their bid to reach the T20 World Cup in a winner takes all clash on Thursday.

Things got off to the worst possible start for Scotland with both openers Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod bowled in the first two overs.

Matt Machan and Michael Leask then came together in the middle to rebuild the innings. Leask took charge with some clean hitting of the ball.

The tournament’s top scorer Machan played the anchor role while Leask hit two fours and five sixes, favouring the leg-side, to give Scotland a foothold in the game.

He was eventually dismissed to a great one handed catch by Ben Cooper on the boundary for 58 at the start of the 16th over, with the score on 112/3.

Machan then reached his 50 with some orthodox stokes, but was dismissed at a crucial time for Scotland with the score on 130/4 after 17.2 overs.

Leask hits outScotland failed to find the momentum at the end of the innings that they had done previously during their victory against the Dutch in the group stages, finishing their innings on 147/6.

In reply, Holland had an early set-back when Neil Carter clean bowled Stephen Myburgh in the opening over.

However, Ben Cooper and Wesley Barresi then took the attack to the Scots, ensuring the Dutch were always ahead of the required run rate.

It seemed there was a plan to attack Scotland’s leading spinner Majid Haq, and although he claimed the wicket of Cooper for 40, his four overs went for 46 runs.

Barresi claimed the Man of the Match award with an unbeaten 75, as he and Michael Swart broke Scottish hearts to see their team home with 8 wickets remaining, guiding Holland to the final World Cup berth.

Holland celebrate the win (Getty/ICC)After the game Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said, “We thought we had a reasonable score on the board, and going on previous results on this ground lately we thought we had a chance at the break. Their batsmen played well and put us under pressure - there was nowhere for our bowlers to go.

I feel our guys have put in some great performances and feel that we don’t deserve to be in this position at the moment. We do feel a little hard done by, but people know the situation. I can only thank the players and staff for the efforts they have put in by putting their heads down and getting on with it.”

Scotland will now play PNG in a 7th place playoff match tomorrow morning. 

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