World Cup 2015 Qualifiers

MacLeod blasts record Scotland score

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 23, 2014

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Calum MacLeod scored 175 off 141 balls, Canada v Scotland, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Haley Oval, Christchurch, January 23, 2014
Calum MacLeod scored 175 off 141 balls in Scotland's victory against Canada © ICC
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Calum MacLeod made the second highest score by an Associate player in an ODI and third highest by an Associate player in List A cricket in a 170-run romp over Canada to seal a place for Scotland in the Super Sixes and put an end to Canada's consecutive World Cup streak dating back to 2003. Scotland join UAE and Hong Kong from Group A in the Super Sixes.

Canada won the toss and sent Scotland in to bat in the hopes of restricting them to a low total that they could chase down quickly to pass Scotland on net run rate. MacLeod erased any chance of that happening with 175 off 141 balls in Scotland's total of 341 for 9.

Matt Machan teamed up with MacLeod to add 144 for the second wicket and MacLeod looked to have a rare ODI double-century in his sights before perishing on the first ball of the 46th over to Khurram Chohan - who finished with 5 for 68. MacLeod was left to settle for the highest score by a Scotland player in an ODI.

Canada never threatened to chase Scotland's hefty total, especially after opening bowlers Iain Wardlaw and Rob Taylor wiped out the top four to leave Canada at 42 for 4. Wicketkeeper Matty Cross had a terrific day behind the stumps, taking six catches and also effecting two runouts. Hamza Tariq was last man out for 71 as Canada succumbed for 171 in 39.2 overs. Taylor, Wardlaw and Safyaan Sharif all finished with two wickets apiece for Scotland.

Irfan Karim produced a scintillating 108 for Kenya to pave the way for a stunning four-wicket upset of Netherlands on Thursday at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln. The defeat put Netherlands in fourth place in Group B, denying them a spot in the Super Sixes. Kenya go into the next stage from Group B, along with Papua New Guinea and Namibia.

Netherlands, the pre-tournament favourites were sent in to bat by Kenya, as the latter team looked for the best chance to progress on net run rate. Wesley Barresi scored 137 not out for Netherlands and was part of a 136-run second wicket partnership with Eric Szwarczynski that spanned 30.4 overs. Netherlands entered the final 10 overs of their innings on 188 for 3, but their steady pace from the start of the innings and an overall lack of a sense of urgency came back to haunt them in the end as they finished on 265 for 5.

Kenya needed to achieve the target in 36.1 overs to leapfrog over Netherlands on net run rate into third place in Group B. While Barresi's first innings ton consumed 150 balls, Karim torched the Netherlands attack to reach his century with his 15th four off just 81 balls. He received excellent support from Ragheb Aga (86) and the pair added 148 for the second wicket in 20.2 overs. Karim was the third wicket to fall with the score 240 in the 32nd over, leaving Kenya with 26 to score in 4.5 overs in order to pass Netherlands on net run rate.

After a brief flurry of wickets, captain Rakep Patel and Steve Tikolo held their nerve, striking a pair of boundaries as part of a 13-run 35th over to make it 262 for 5 entering the 36th. Ahsan Malik removed Patel on the first ball of the 36th, but singles came off the next three deliveries before the winning run arrived off a wide. Kenya reached the target with room to spare in 35.4 overs. The win keeps Kenya's hopes of maintaining their World Cup streak alive.

Patel later said the win was a relief. "There was a lot of pressure on the boys today. They really performed and got us through to the next round," he said. "Chasing 265 could have been very difficult. But the way Irfan Karim and Ragheb Aga batted today was very good, and Collins Obuya finished things off nicely. This win means a lot to the team, and to everyone back home. The boys have believed in themselves and changed their own luck. The senior players are displaying real leadership and commitment."

Netherlands captain Peter Borren admitted the lack of runs in the last 10 overs had made the match difficult for the side.

"A lot went wrong today, in the field particularly. Their two batsmen played beautifully, and we didn't respond well," Borren said. "We probably didn't get enough runs in our last ten overs. We could have killed them off there with wickets in hand. But they bowled well and we struggled to get it away. That was pretty crucial."

Papua New Guinea opener Lega Siaka scored his second century of the tournament to ensure his side finished atop Group B courtesy of an eight-wicket thrashing of Namibia at Mount Maunganui. Namibia won the toss and chose to bat first but were under pressure immediately after Pipi Raho and PNG captain Chris Amini nipped out two wickets each in their opening spells to leave Namibia at 16 for 4 in the sixth over.

Gerrie Snyman provided Namibia's best resistance with 54 at number six, but lacked any genuine support. Snyman was dismissed by Mahuru Dai in the 41st over to make it 137 for 8 before Namibia were eventually bowled out for 163 in 48.4 overs. Siaka's 112 not out dominated the chase and PNG's next best score was Assad Vala's 16. PNG needed only half of the allotted overs to reach the target and vaulted to the top of the group in the process.


Lega Siaka scored a match-winning century,  Namibia v Papua New Guinea, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Mount Maunganui, January 23, 2014
Lega Siaka scored a match-winning century for Papua New Guinea © ICC
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UAE prevented Hong Kong from going undefeated in Group A, defeating their Asian rivals by 22 runs. UAE won the toss and batted and captain Khurram Khan led the way with 78. Khan's team-mates wasted the platform he laid for them as his dismissal in the 39th over sparked a mini collapse. UAE went from 185 for 4 to be bowled out for 249 in 48.1 overs. Haseeb Amjad led the way with the ball for Hong Kong taking 3 for 33.

Manjula Guruge dismissed the dangerous Irfan Ahmed early in the chase. The best partnership in the innings was 49 for the third wicket between Waqas Barkat (24) and Mark Chapman (59) as Hong Kong lost wickets at regular intervals and struggled to sustain any momentum. Guruge finished with 4 for 39 as Hong Kong was bowled out in the final over for 227.

Entering the Super Sixes, Papua New Guinea has a distinct advantage on the other five teams, carrying over four points into the next phase by virtue of their wins over Kenya and Namibia during play in Group B. Kenya has the biggest hill to climb carrying zero points forward after losses to Papua New Guinea and Namibia. Scotland, UAE, Hong Kong and Namibia all carry two points forward from the group stage into the Super Six phase, which begins on Sunday.

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Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 21:00 GMT)

Not only will Netherlands lose ODI status but also so will Canada and I think that even Kenya will lose theirs as well which will mean 3 sides will gain ODI status.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Yup! it's confirmed! Canadian cricket is getting nowhere! darn shame...

Posted by   on (January 24, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

netherlands struggled without Tom Cooper and Ryan Ten Doeschate due to T20 commitments but really nerherlands should have had no trouble getting through this and have missed out and a weaker side will now be playing at the WC

Posted by MeijiMura on (January 24, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

I can't say I'm surprised to see that Holland are out of the tournament and out of the running for the 2015 World Cup. The writing was on the wall when they lost to Namibia. Kenya were also a better team than Holland on paper and so it showed. Had Kenya not needed to score the runs so quickly they would have overhauled it with many more wickets to spare so easy was their victory against such a weak bowling attack. I fully expect PNG to qualify for the World Cup as they only need to win one of their three super six matches to qualify and rain will also play a part. Having four points already is a huge advantage. The second place is up for grabs and anyone could claim it. I like seeing new countries represented at the World Cup so I'm personally hoping that Hong Kong go through with PNG. There is a lot of cricket to be played before that happens though. May the best two teams win and do themselves and their countries proud next year!

Posted by calcu on (January 23, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

What has been stunning is that netherlands, who were considered the 3rd greatest associate team after ireland and afghanistan, have not only lost a WC berth but also their ODI status! Even more stunning is the fact that they were unable to defend 265 off 36 overs against kenya, who is considered a weak associate!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

well done PNG. Concentrate on ur game in super six matches. u will definitely qualify for WC-15

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

Absolutely stunned that the Dutch missed out on not just World Cup qualification - which was widely expected - but miss out on the Super 6 stage entirely. There has been a real changing of the guard in terms of the powerhouse Associate nations in recent years: Canada, Kenya and Scotland are shadow of what they once were whereas teams like UAE, Hong Kong and PNG, and obviously Ireland and Afghanistan have taken leaps and bounds. Will be interesting to see what the next few years holds in Associate circles.

Posted by themagpie on (January 23, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

Will these results have any impact on the Intercontinental Cup, or will it just affect the World Cricket League?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

They had been written off, but we thank God for the Redemption! To Irfan n Aga... U set the tone n pace. Proud of our boys. That's what Champions are made of! U fall Seven times, Stand up Eight Times, in the Face of adversity! Well in Boys!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

Sad story about ICC, this time Qualifiers are not on TV, because ICC is busy with that draft with powerful boards of world cricket, its shame that tournament is not televised.

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