Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Falls to Scotland by Four Wickets in World Twenty20 Qualifier: Canada Falls to Scotland in Cricket

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Falls to Scotland by Four Wickets in World Twenty20 Qualifier: Canada Falls to Scotland in Cricket

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Scotland beat Canada by four wickets in a last-ball thriller Friday in the fifth-place game at a qualifying tournament for the World Twenty20, while Ireland defeated the Netherlands by seven wickets to stay in contention.

Ireland will face Namibia on Saturday for the last spot in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September. The winner of that preliminary final will meet Afghanistan to determine its group in Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan beat Namibia on Thursday in the first preliminary final to make a second consecutive World T20.

Canada managed just 135 in its 20 overs after Scotland's Richie Berrington and Moneeb Iqbal claimed two wickets each. Ruvindu Gunasekera (20) and all-rounder Harvir Baidwan (21) were the two highest run-scorers in the innings that saw Canada's batsmen struggle.

Led by all-rounder Berrington (47 in 37 balls), Scotland looked to be cruising to the total against Canada despite Calum Macleod and Preston Mommsen departing early in the innings.

But Scotland was left needing seven runs off the last over. Canada's Rizwan Cheema dismissed Fraser Watts with his first ball to leave the Scots requiring four runs off the last ball of the match.

Ryan Flannigan managed to strike Cheema's final ball through extra cover. Nitesh Kumar attempted to prevent the boundary but the ball skipped over to give Scotland the win.

Despite the loss, Canada joins Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands in the ICC Twenty20 rankings for the first time.

Ireland, which ended Canada's hopes of making the final on Thursday, currently occupies ninth place while the Netherlands have entered the rankings for the first time to occupy 11th. Scotland makes its debut at 13th and Canada joins the top 15 teams in 14th place.

Ireland limited the Dutch to 114-7 then cruised to 115-3 in 16.4 overs. …

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