Rain ends Scotland’s Cricket World Cup dream
Controversy reigned as the World Cup dreams of Scotland’s Cricket team were dashed yesterday, with a loss to the West Indies. Despite this result, John Menzies believes the team should not lose hope.
Hopes of a Scotland appearance at the World Cup may be lost, but there is reason to keep belief in this team alive.
A controversial LBW decision and the weather put pay to Scotland’s chances of qualifying for next year’s Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. Kyle Coetzer’s side were 125/5 against the West Indies in the 36th over when the rain came, five runs short of the DLS par score. The result means that Scotland finish on five points, but cannot catch Zimbabwe or the Windies ahead of them.
The Scots made the best possible start to the match, with Safyaan Sharif dismissing Chris Gayle with the very first ball of the match. Shai Hope followed Gayle back to the pavilion two overs later, when he edged behind off Sharif too.
However, the Windies got back on track through Evin Lewis and elder statesman Marlon Samuels, who put on a partnership of 121 runs and with both making a half century, before Lewis was trapped LBW by Brad Wheal for 66.
Samuels went three overs later, caught in the deep off the bowling of Michael Leask for 51. And Leask picked up his second wicket the very next ball, with Shimron Hetmyer edging behind.
West Indies would go on to lose their final eight wickets for only 75 runs, ending up on 198 all out from 48.4 overs. It was a very good all-round bowling performance, with Sharif (3-27), Wheal (3-34) and Leask (2-36) the stand outs.
For Scotland, the equation was simple: they needed 199 runs from 50 overs to reach the 2019 World Cup. But they made a poor start, as captain Coetzer (2), Matthew Cross (4) and Michael Jones (14) all fell in quick succession, leaving the Scots at 25-3 after only 6.1 overs.
Calum MacLeod and Richard Berrington came together and steadied the ship, adding 42 runs before the former was caught and bowled by Ashley Nurse for 21. George Munsey came to the crease, and he looked to go after Nurse in particular, hitting him for three reverse sweeps in quick succession.
But then the highly controversial incident came. Berrington was adjusted LBW by umpire Paul Wilson, despite the ball appearing to slide down towards the leg side. This set Scotland back in their attempts to keep up with the DLS par score, and they never got back on top of it, despite a couple of boundaries from Leask. The heavens opened with Scotland on 125/5, behind the DLS score of 130.
And shortly after 4.40pm local time, the umpires abandoned the remainder of the match, meaning that the West Indies qualify for next year’s tournament, but the Scots’ dream is over
But Coetzer and his side can be very proud of their overall performance at these qualifiers, having competed incredible well against higher-ranked teams. They can take massive heart from this and kick on from here.