UAE, Scotland battle for top status at Lincoln
It would be hard to argue about Scotland and the United Arab Emirates' places in today's final of the Cricket World Cup qualifying event at Lincoln's Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
The two teams confirmed their spots in next year's World Cup after topping the pile in the Super Six stage of the qualifying tournament.
They were easily the most consistent sides, both winning six of their seven games and finishing unbeaten in Super Six play.
Scotland and the UAE might have already confirmed their passage to the Austrlalia and New Zealand co-hosted World Cup next year, but they will be determined to finish on a high today. Aside from taking out the silverware, the winning team will be awarded a higher ranking for the World Cup.
The decider effectively pits Scotland's talented batting lineup against an UAE bowling unit, who have been among the most accurate and economical.
Scotland have plenty of in-form run-scorers, with captain Preston Mommsen hitting 94 and 78 in his past two games.
Opener Calum MacLeod has also scored two centuries during the tournament, with top-order batsmen Matt Machan, Freddie Coleman and Matthew Cross all making important contributions along the way.
The UAE seam attack has shared the wicket-taking responsibilities around, with Muhammad Naveed, Manjula Guruge, Kamran Shahzad and Amjad Javed each taking 10 or more wickets.
UAE captain Khurram Khan has been one of the most impressive performers of the tournament, scoring a staggering 547 runs from seven innings at an average of 68.
UAE will compete in next year's World Cup for the first time since 1996 - their lone appearance at the tournament. Scotland will be aiming for their first win after finishing without a victory at the 1999 and 2007 events.
Scotland: fPreston Mommsen (c), Matthew Cross, Calum MacLeod, Matt Machan, Freddie Coleman, Richard Berrington, Rob Taylor, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Majid Haq, Iain Wardlaw.
UAE: Khurram Khan (c), Salman Faris, Amjad Ali, Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Swapnil Patel, Vikrant Shetty, Amjad Javed, Muhammad ntsGNavednte Naveed, Kamran Shahdhzad, Manjula Guruge.
Match starts 10.30am.
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