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Scotland, UAE qualify for ICC World Cup 2015

Christchurch: Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have secured the final two positions in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after recording victories on the last day of the Super Six stage of the
IANS January 30, 2014 15:23 IST
IANS
Christchurch: Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have secured the final two positions in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after recording victories on the last day of the Super Six stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ) here Thursday.

On a day when all three matches were do-or-die encounters, UAE finished top of the table with a 36-run victory over Namibia, while Scotland finished second following their nail-biting three-wicket victory over Kenya.

The two sides will now contest the tournament final, to be played at Lincoln Oval, Christchurch, in a match live-streamed on the official ICC website, www.icc-cricket.com, Saturday.

The final will determine which group the teams will join in cricket's pinnacle event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be played in Australia and New Zealand from Feb 14 to March 29, 2015.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated the two teams, saying: "Congratulations to Scotland and UAE for a tremendous effort in qualifying to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. It has been a tough tournament, one in which every game counts, and both teams have performed remarkably well to finish in the top two.

“I would also like to recognise the efforts of those teams who came so close but did not make the top two. Hong Kong and PNG were in the running right up to the final round of Super Six matches and deserve credit for their fine performances at the tournament,” he said.

In the third Super Six match of the day, Hong Kong recorded a comprehensive three wicket victory over PNG at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln to secure third position.