Scotland v UAE, World Cup Qualifier, Final, Lincoln February 1, 2014

Mommsen ton gives Scotland the title

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Scotland 285 for 5 (Mommsen 139*, Berrington 63, Guruge 3-67) beat United Arab Emirates 244 for 9 (Patil 99*, Sharif 3-41) by 41 runs
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Preston Mommsen led Scotland into Group A for the 2015 World Cup, as his second century of the tournament secured an emphatic 41-run win over United Arab Emirates in the final of the qualifiers. UAE, who are the other team to make it to Australia and New Zealand, will join Group B.

Scotland join Afghanistan in Group A along with Australia, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and get the benefit of a less tiring travel schedule. UAE will tussle with South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland in Group B.

Mommsen's unbeaten effort gained in lustre when placed against how Scotland started after winning the toss - the top three were dismissed by the seventh over. But Mommsen limited UAE's momentum with a couple of fours within his first 15 balls and kept the score ticking. Regular peppering of the boundaries meant he reached his fifty off 60 balls with his first six. Freddie Coleman held the other end up in a 91-run stand for the fourth wicket before he succumbed in the 26th over.

Richie Berrington was busier, striking a 53-ball 63, as Scotland took charge in the final ten overs. They flayed nine fours and a six, swelled the total by 96 runs and their partnership to 138 off 134 balls. Mommsen reached his century in the 44th over and stayed till the very end, helping take 13 off the final six balls to push Scotland to 285.

UAE's chase began well, but was plagued by regular wickets. Swapnil Patil was among six players making their ODI debuts and he impressed with a run-a-ball 99. He was dropped off the penultimate ball and needed two off the final delivery of the chase to reach a memorable century, but could only edge to midwicket for a single.

Patil commandeered a wobbling batting effort - UAE were 73 for 3 in the 15th when he came in - and kept their hopes alive with a fifty partnership with Rohan Mustafa in the middle overs. But with the lower order providing little support - only No.10 Kamran Shahzad succeeding in keeping one end tight - the issue in question was Patel's landmark. He seemed good for it, biffing a couple of sixes in the final three overs, but fell agonisingly short.

"This is what dreams are made of," said Mommsen. "We had huge goals coming here and we've made it, so we have so much to look forward to and a lot to prepare for. I'm sure the experience of the last three weeks will be extremely valuable [in the World Cup next year]. "We're going to play some of the best teams in the world. But there will also be opportunities to hopefully get some wins, and cause a couple of upsets"

Khurram Khan, the UAE captain, would not be deterred by the loss at the last hurdle. "When we left the UAE, everyone said the conditions are not going to suit you, but I think they did a wonderful job coming here and qualifying. It was an amazing experience."

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  • nick on February 2, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    I saw the end of most of the Chch games and was impressed with both teams, from what I saw I think the right teams have made it through and I rate them both as a good chance of an upset next year.

    UAE's strike bowlers look good + though I did see a couple of catches dropped in general their intensity in the field was good. I only saw the last 5 overs of the final but it was still exciting watching Swapnil Patil go for his century, I didn't realise he was on debut, he came so close... he actually turned down several singles as he was batting with the tail when there was still the chance of a miracle.

    Scotland paced their run chase nicely against Kenya and looked professional and assured. It is great that they get to play 2 games in Dunedin where they will get good support (settled by Scotts and still nicknamed "the Edinburgh of the south") I am gonna def get tickets for the Scot V Eng game in Chch, that will be fun! I have my kilt at the ready :-)

  • ESPN on February 1, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    After a slow start, not to mention recent failure in the T20s, this Scotland team is starting to come together nicely! Scotland vs England in a World Cup should get a bit of publicity!

  • ESPN on February 1, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Well hats off to uae for the stunning performance it's all bz of hard work which has been paid off all bz of Aaqib javed and the one and only iconic khurram khan who always led from the front without him uae wd have not gone thru. Hats off to u Khurri bhai i hve played along with khurram bhai in MNA I hope u remember me Khurri bhai wicketkeeper in MNA n alkabeer if u read this khurri bhai we will always cherish ur efforts all these years and your commitment which has brought this golden era in uae cricket I can guarantee now that cricketers in uae will b more commited n will do more hard work n khurram has raised the bar quite high bz this qualifying of WC will bring more interest in the local cricke .gud

  • Joseph on February 1, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Very well done Scotland. Have followed their progress thoroughout the tournament and they richly deserve the victory. Must say the contribution, whilst un-reported, of Paul Collingwood has been immense. Hope Scotland consider retaining the same set-up for the finals.

  • Dummy on February 1, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    UAE should be included in the Asia cup as it will help them.a lot by getting practice against 5 much stronger teams

  • Cricinfouser on February 1, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Best of luck to both teams. I support United Arab Emirates because the UAE is like my second home.

  • Justin on February 1, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Whilst I don't give Scotland any chance of beating New Zealand, Australia or Sri Lanka, the fourth place is wide open in the group. You'd expect England to take it, but Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland could all have something to say about that. The matches between Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland will be especially fascinating. As for the UAE it is a similar situation as I give them no hope of winning against South Africa, India and Pakistan, but the fourth place in their group is wide open too. It remains unclear as to whether Zimbabwe will even field a team whilst the West Indies will face stiff competition from Ireland for the fourth place. Should Zimbabwe field a side then they will likely provide the UAE with the best chance of recording a victory. I would expect Ireland to defeat the UAE, but I'm sure the UAE would be targeting both the Zimbabwe and Ireland games as their best chances to win games. Next year's World Cup is wide open with NZ and Australia the favourites.

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