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Relief for West Indies, heartbreak for Scotland

Relief for West Indies, heartbreak for Scotland

Harare Sports Club sees, by comparison, around 73 rainy days a year, and one of those days brought a soggy end to what was shaping up to be a thrilling match between West Indies and Scotland.

The Windies proceed to the qualifier final and face the team that finishes second in the Super Sixes but regardless of outcome, they will participate in next year's World Cup in England and Wales.

Scotland have missed out on World Cup qualification after narrowly losing to the West Indies in a rain-affected match.

Former Scotland captains Craig Wright and Preston Mommsen lashed out at the ICC after the match on Twitter, highlighting the decision to cut the World Cup to only 10 teams.

The way Gayle described the moment made it evident how relieved the West Indians were. "We're thinking about the final". I am looking forward to it. "There's a bit of emotion going around", said Coetzer. "Credit to West Indies for getting through, but I've got to give a lot of well dones and thanks to our boys".

"It hasn't been easy. I'm really pleased to get over the line but my thoughts go out to Scotland for how they've played in this tournament".

Chasing 199 to win and with it their own place at next summer's tournament, Scotland were 125-5 after 35.2 overs when heavy rain came and prevented any further play. Interestingly, if he was given not out, Scotland would have been ahead of the DLS by three runs.

Keemo Paul was bowled out by Brad Wheal as the Windies slumped to 198 all out
Keemo Paul was bowled out by Brad Wheal as the Windies slumped to 198 all out

Harry Munsey succeeded in upping the tempo but just as he and Berrington looked like they were putting Scotland into a position of strength, Berrington was given out lbw in controversial fashion, with the ball appearing to be sliding down leg.

The Super Sixes stage began with victory against United Arab Emirates but then followed a damaging loss to Ireland and heartbreak in a must-win encounter with West Indies.

Scotland won the toss and elected to field first and they didn't have to wait long to make inroads into the Windies batting line-up as Chris Gayle (0) edged Safyaan Sharif to the 'keeper on the very first ball the day. The Caribbean side recovered from 2/2 with fifties from Evin Lewis (66) and Marlon Samuels (51).

Carlos Brathwaite offered some lower order resistance with a 26-ball 24, but the West Indies innings was wrapped up inside 48.4 overs with the last eight wickets falling for just 75 runs.

Had the rain come with Scotland on the same score but four wickets down, they would have qualified instead.

Scotland, who have struggled with the bat throughout the tournament, needed a good start but tcaptain Kyle Coetzer fell cheaply, before Matt Cross and Michael Jones also perished as they slipped to 25 for three.

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