UAE, Scotland secure Cricket World Cup spots
The United Arab Emirates will compete in the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1996 after snapping their qualifying hoodoo at Rangiora yesterday.
The UAE booked their ticket to next year's event in Australia and New Zealand, beating Namibia by 36 runs in their final Super Six game.
They will be joined by Scotland, who left it late, producing a thrilling runchase to beat Kenya with three wickets and three balls to spare in their game at Hagley Oval.
Scotland are now headed to their third Cricket World Cup and their first since 2007.
Scotland and the UAE will clash in the qualifying tournament final at Lincoln tomorrow to determine who is the higher seeded team for the World Cup.
Scotland's game effectively became a must-win after Hong Kong boosted their net runrate, chasing down Papua New Guinea's total of 255 inside 37 overs and with three wickets to spare.
The Scots required 100 off the final 15 overs against Kenya, who have proved to be spoilers at crucial stages during the qualifying tournament.
Spearheaded by some lofty hitting from Rob Taylor, who smashed a whirlwind 46 from 37 balls, Scotland managed to reach their target.
Captain Preston Mommsen backed up his 94 against Papua New Guinea on Tuesday with another fine knock, scoring 78 in the winning effort. Opener Matthew Cross also laid the foundation, scoring 55.
Earlier in the day, Alex Obanda fell narrowly short of a deserved century (89) as Kenya racked up a challenging score of 260 from their 50 overs.
UAE captain Khurram Khan's outstanding tournament continued notching 49 as his team got through to 263 against Namibia batting first.
Khan was well assisted by Shaiman Anwar , Amjad Ali  and Swapnil Patel , who all got starts.
Namibia were valiant in defeat, but always struggled to keep up with the asking runrate.
Hong Kong secured third placing for the tournament, relegating PNG back to fourth.
Their runc hase was led by opener Irfan Ahmed, who struck 92 from 82 balls and New Zealand-based youngster Mark Chapman, who contributed 64 before he was run out.
Former English wicketkeeper Geraint Jones was the standout batsman in PNG's innings, scoring 82, with Assad Vala chipping in with 57.
At Hagley Oval: Kenya 260 all out in 50 overs A Obanda 89, R Patel 38; S Sharif 2-65) lost to Scotland 261-7 in 49.3 overs (P Mommsen 78, M Cross 55, R Taylor 46no; T Odoyo 3-53) by three wickets
At Rangiora: UAE 263 all out in 49.5 overs (K Khan 49, S Anwar 47, A Ali 46; L Klazinga 5-36, S Burger 2-47) beat Namibia 227 for nine in 50 overs (S Burger 54, G Snyman 48, A Javed 3-35, M Guruge 2-34, K Khan 2-45) by 36 runs
At Lincoln: Papua New Guinea 255 for eight in 50 overs (G Jones 82, A Vala 57, J Vare 38; H Amjad 3-70, T Afzal 2-33, I Ahmed 2-34) lost to Hong Kong 259-7 in 37 overs (I Ahmed 90, M Chapman 64; W Gavera 3-53, R Haoda 2-69) by three wickets
Final Super Six points: UAE 8, Scotland 8, Hong Kong 6, PNG 4, Kenya 2, Namibia 2.
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