Scotland's Preston Mommsen delivered a superb captain's knock as his side overcame the United Arab Emirates by 41 runs in the final of the World Cup qualifiyng tournament at Lincoln today.
Mommsen scored a brilliant 139 not out from 149 balls to help Scotland reach an imposing 285 for five from their 50 overs batting first.
He was deservedly named player of the final and also collected the man of the tournament award after amassing 520 runs.
Both teams had already secured their place in next year's tournament, but there was still plenty to play for with the qualifier trophy up for grabs.
Scotland's win sees them join the likes of New Zealand, Australia and England in group A, while the UAE will compete in group B. It works out well for Scotland, with two of their World Cup games to be held in Dunedin, while their clash with neighbours England in Christchurch will also be strongly supported.
Scotland have previously featured at the 1999 and 2007 World Cups, but have failed to win a game in eight attempts.
The Scots were in a spot of bother early on at 37 for three batting first yesterday, before Mommsen and Freddie Coleman set about rebuilding the innings.
Mommsen has been in outstanding form for the Scots, scoring 78 and 94 in his previous two games, and picked up where he left off.
The right-hand batsman was integral in getting Scotland up to the 280-mark, hitting a stellar 139 not out, which included 12 fours and a six.
Mommsen combined with Coleman for a 91-run fourth wicket stand, before he was bowled by Khurram Khan for 31. Richard Berrington and Mommsen then began to increase the runrate, teaming up for a valuable 138-run partnership, as the UAE bowlers started to stray. Berrington clubbed an entertaining 63 from just 53 balls, setting up a challenging runchase for the UAE.
UAE openers Salman Faris and Amjad Ali got their team off to a solid start, but they then lost three quick wickets to fall back to 73-3 in the 15th over. Momentum swung further in Scotland's favour when the tournament's leading run-scorer and UAE captain, Khan, was caught and bowled by Safyaan Sharif after he had got through to 34.
Middle order batsman Swapnil Patil shone for for the UAE, scoring a fighting 99 not out, but they were always battling to keep up with the required runrate. The wickets were spread around among the Scottish bowlers with Sharif, Rob Taylor and Iain Wardlaw all nabbing three wickets apiece.
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