Scotland qualify for ICC T20 World Cup in India
Scotland’s place in the ICC World T20 World Cup in India in 2016 was secured following the Netherland’s win over Kenya at Myreside, after the hosts had defeated Oman earlier in the day.
In a dramatic day’s cricket, the Netherlands fell agonisingly short of topping Group B despite easily beating Kenya in Myreside. Having dismissed the east Africans for just 97, the Dutch knew they needed to knock off the runs inside eight overs in order to move ahead of Scotland on net run-rate and thus qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2016.
When it came down to the eighth over, Netherlands still needed 18 to win. Ben Cooper proceeded to hit a six, a four and another six off the first three balls only to be stumped off the fourth ball. The fifth ball saw Max O’Dowd depart the same way and only a single came from the sixth so, while Peter Borren and his men eventually won the game, their chance of topping the group was gone.
So after all the Group B matches have been played, Scotland is the first confirmed qualifier for India next year. The Netherlands finishes second in the group and will proceed to the quarter-finals. Afghanistan also finished the group stage on eight points but behind the Dutch in third place on net run-rate. One point adrift, Oman finishes fourth only ahead on run-rate of the unlucky Kenyans, indicating just how competitive the competition for places has been (only one point separates first from fifth). UAE and Canada are the other teams to miss out.
As the news of Scotland's qualification reached the team hotel, Head Coach Grant Bradburn paid tribute to his squads efforts “I am very proud of our team. Everyone is absolutely ecstatic and there are great scenes in the team hotel. Having lost to Afghanistan and the Netherlands earlier in the tournament I am proud at how we stayed positive, we kept playing aggressive cricket and we got our tournament back on course. I’m delighted.
“It has been such a close tournament. There are teams and individual players who can take matches away from you very quickly so to get through our group on top is very pleasing. Our goal coming into this tournament was to win it and that remains our goal. Obviously, gaining qualification is great but we know that we haven’t put together a complete performance yet in the competition so I feel the best is yet to come from us.”
Tony Brian, Chair of Cricket Scotland added, "What a great day for Scottish cricket!
For our team to win the Group and thus qualify at the first stage for the ICC T20 World Cup is a fantastic achievement and everyone involved should be truly proud of what they have done. The group stage in Scotland has been brilliantly organised and run and produced some of the best quality and most exciting competitive cricket ever seen in Scotland.
And, to put the icing on the cake, our U19s have qualified for their World Cup as well after a wonderful win against Ireland.
I know the whole Scottish cricket community is very proud of our teams today - and we are all standing a bit taller!"