Scotland win World Cup Qualifying Trophy

01 Feb

Mommsen reaches his century (2014 IDI/Getty) Scotland 285 for 5 (Mommsen 139*, Berrington 63, Guruge 3-67) beat United Arab Emirates 244 for 9 (Patil 99*, Sharif 3-41) by 41 runs [Scorecard]

Scotland and the UAE contested the 2014 World Cup Qualifier Final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on Saturday to decide which group the two qualifiers would be seeded in for the 2015 World Cup.

After winning the toss Mommsen elected to bat first in fine conditions and on a good wicket in Christchurch.

Scotland didn’t manage to make the strongest of starts with Calum MacLeod and Matthew Cross both being bowled, with the score on 24/2 in the 5th over.

Matt Machan executed some glorious strokes until he became Gruruge second wicket of the day as Amjad held on, despite a juggle, to send Machan packing for 22.

Mommsen and Coleman then occupied the crease for the following 19 overs to accumlate 91 runs with some good running between the wickets. Momsen started to unleash the shackles to bring up his half century with a glorious hit into the leg-side.

Coleman departed when he was clean bowled by a good delivery from UAE captain Khurram Khan for 31, with the Scotland score on 128/4 with 24 overs of their innings remaining.

The next partnership was Scotland’s most productive with Richie Berrington joining his captain in the middle. Mommsen swept Khan for 3 runs from the final ball of the 44th over to reach a vital hundred for his side, coming form 128 balls and included nine 4s and a six.

Mommsen leave the field

Berrington was in the mood, finding the boundaries with some brutal hitting as he reached his 50 with a four from 47 balls. The fifth wicket partnership, worth 138 runs, did come to an end in the 49 over,  as Berrington attempted to hit the ball over the covers only to be caught by Ahmed Raza for 63, giving Guruge his third wicket. 

Mommsen left the field, unbeaten on 139, to a standing ovation as Scotland showed, once again, their capabilities of coping with a crisis.

UAE's chase began well, but Scotland claimed wickets at regular intervals as Salman Farais, Amjad Ali and Khurram Khan all made starts, but couldn’t kick on.

Swapnil Patil held the UAE innings together with some fine strokes after the UAE were reduced to 73 for 3 in the 15th over. Scotland continued to pile on the pressure keeping their discipline as Iain Wardlaw, Safyaan Sharif and Rob Taylor all claimed 3 wickets apiece.

Patil was unfortunate not to reach his 100, but with no one at the other end able to stay with him, he fell one run short of a deserved 100. The innings came to a close with the UAE still 41 runs short of the required total, to crown Scotland the ICC 2014 World Cup Qualifying Champions.

"This is what dreams are made of," said Mommsen. "We had huge goals coming here and we've made it, so we have so much to look forward to and a lot to prepare for. I'm sure the experience of the last three weeks will be extremely valuable [in the World Cup next year]. "We're going to play some of the best teams in the world. But there will also be opportunities to hopefully get some wins, and cause a couple of upsets"

Khurram Khan, the UAE captain, would not be deterred by the loss at the last hurdle. "When we left the UAE, everyone said the conditions are not going to suit you, but I think they did a wonderful job coming here and qualifying. It was an amazing experience."

Scotland celebrate

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