Scotland claim fifth in dramatic finish

A round-up of the playoffs in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Ryan Flannigan is pumped up after hitting the winning four, Canada v Scotland, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, fifth-place playoff, Dubai, March 23, 2012

Ryan Flannigan got Scotland the last-ball four they needed against Canada  •  ICC/Ian Jacobs

A last-ball four from Ryan Flannigan helped Scotland seal fifth place in the ICC World T20 qualifiers match in Dubai. Scotland were chasing 136, and needed a boundary off the final delivery to beat Canada. Flannigan, their No. 7, duly dispatched a full delivery from Rizwan Cheema to close-out the match by four wickets. Earlier Canada had chosen to bat but could not push on to a big total as none of their batsmen could build on starts. The Scotland bowlers shared the wickets around, as Canada were limited to 135 for 8. The chase was steered by Scotland's opener, Richie Berrington, who top scored with 47 off 37 balls. The loss of a couple of early wickets left them wobbling, but the middle order supported Berrington with cameos, edging their side closer before Flannigan provided the finishing touch.
Nepal's captain Paras Khadka scored his third half-century of the tournament to carry his side to a six-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG), a win that placed them seventh in the competition. PNG chose to bat and double-digit scores from most of their batsmen carried them to 129 for 5. No one could score more than Vani Morea's unbeaten 34, while for Nepal legspinner Shakti Gauchan was the most successful with two top-order wickets. In reply, Nepal were in some trouble, edging to 58 for 4 in the 11th over. That's when Prithu joined Khadka to turn the match firmly Nepal's way. The pair added 75 at over eight runs an over to take their side home with a ball to spare.
Hiren Varaiya's four-wicket haul helped Kenya finish in ninth place as they beat Italy by 38 runs in Dubai. Batting first, Kenya were led by a half-century by Morris Ouma who remained unbeaten on 51. Ouma's 72-run partnership with Collins Obuya, who scored 41 off 29 balls, was crucial as Kenya set a target of 171 for Italy. In response, Italy had a brief period of respite when Peter Petricola, who scored 37 off 29 balls, and Andy Northcote, with 35 off 30 balls, shared a 47-run partnership for the third wicket. Other than that, they had no answers to the left-arm spin duo of Varaiya, who ran through the tail picking up his four wickets for 25 runs, and Shem Ngoche, who grabbed 3 for 32. Eventually Italy were skittled for 132 in the 19th over.
Hong Kong breezed past USA, winning by 77 runs after a solid all-round show, to finish the tournament at No. 11. The primary performers for Hong Kong were Jamie Atkinson and Aizaz Khan - Atkinson scored a half-century while Aizaz claimed a five-for. Hong Kong chose to bat and were propelled to a rapid start by Atkinson in combination with Irfan Ahmed and Nizakat Khan - Atkinson was particularly brutal on the medium-pace of Japen Patel, pulling, square driving and flicking for three consecutive fours in an over that went for 17. The final surge was provided by Babar Hayat, who hit 35 not out from 17 two fours and two sixes. Steven Taylor got USA's chase of 178 off to a flier, smacking Max Tucker for four fours in the first over, before Aizaz began to dismantle the innings. His five-for included four of USA's top-five batsmen, and they tumbled to 58 for 8 following which some rearguard resistance got them to a more respectable 100, before they were bowled out in the 17th over.
Bermuda ended their campaign on a high, after scoring a comfortable 41-run win over Uganda in Dubai to finish 13th in the tournament. After being put into bat, Bermuda's Lionel Cann set the ball rolling with a 22-ball 42. Cann's effort included four hits over the fence and he received ample support from Fiqre Crockwell, who scored 47. The fall of Cann's wicket brought Janeiro Tucker to the crease. Tucker, who had hit a hat-trick of sixes in the last over to secure a win against Papua New Guinea, continued in the same vein as he hit 62 off 41 balls and remained unbeaten to lift Bermuda to 179. Chasing a stiff target, Uganda needed a strong start. But the loss of two wickets for 24 runs in five overs left Uganda reeling. In the end, Arthur Kyobe's 41 and Jonathan Sebanja's 34 were not enough as other the batsmen struggled to cope with the required-rate.