Scot­land crick­eters in last shot at World Cup

Scottish Daily Mail - - Cricket -

SCOT­LAND’S crick­eters must beat hosts United Arab Emi­rates to­day if they are to qual­ify for next year’s T20 World Cup. Shane Burger’s men were top seeds head­ing into the tour­na­ment but toiled in the group phase to only fin­ish fourth.

That was still good enough to give them one fi­nal crack at qual­i­fy­ing against the loser of yes­ter­day’s semi­fi­nal play-off.

And with the Dutch see­ing off the UAE com­fort­ably by eight wick­ets, it sets up a win­ner-takes-all show­down be­tween the hosts and Scot­land in Dubai this morn­ing. The vic­tors will book their place along­side lead­ing na­tions Eng­land, In­dia and hosts Aus­tralia at the T20 World Cup fi­nals next win­ter. But Scot­land will need to play much bet­ter this af­ter­noon than they showed in the group phase. They were shocked in the open­ing game by Sin­ga­pore and also lost to the Nether­lands and Namibia, while record­ing wins over Pa­pua New Guinea, Kenya and Ber­muda.

‘If we want to be­come a full mem­ber we have to be play­ing against the lead­ing na­tions more of­ten,’ said Burger.

‘We’ve shown pre­vi­ously we can beat full mem­ber sides and we need to con­tinue to do that.’

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