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Lackluster Windies Sent Packing From World Cup Qualifiers

Cricket fans and pundits are lamenting the woes of two-time World Cup Champion West Indies as they’re set to make their exit from the ICC World Cup qualifying competition in disgrace.

This will be the first time the West Indies is failing to make it to the ODI World Cup, now in its 13th Edition, which is scheduled to take place in India later this year.

Meanwhile, Scotland is basking in the glory of a well-earned victory and is on the cusp of qualifying for one of the two World Cup spots.

They have four points, while Super Six leaders Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe have six, respectively.

Scotland owes its position to the ‘big man’ Brandon McMullen, who played the starring role with bat and ball.

The all-rounder claimed three for 32 before scoring 69 in the successful reply as Scotland got home with 6.3 overs to spare, Matthew Cross hitting the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 74.

When the dust was all settled, it was Scotland 185 for 3 (Cross 74*, McMullen 69), West Indies 181 (Holder 45, McMullen 3-32, Watt 2-25) by seven wickets.

Richie Berrington, Scotland’s captain, regarded the win as an important one.

“We know the importance of every game. Playing for the World Cup is as big as it gets. The boys were outstanding, they managed to get early wickets and we kept creating chances in the middle. It was very well followed up by that partnership by Brandon and Matthew Cross,” he said.

On the other hand, Shai Hope, West Indies captain, was at a loss to explain his team’s poor performance.

“To be honest, there is not one thing I can put my finger on. We let ourselves down in the entire tournament. We have to look at the way we start our innings definitely,” he said.

He commended Scotland for doing well and hoped his charge would have put in a “much better effort.”

“They [Scotland] played really well. Credit must be given to them,” said Captain Hope.

He also noted, “Lots to look forward to and we all have to go one way – that is up.”

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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