Scotland cricketers within reach of a World Cup finals berth

Saffyaan Sharif took 4-55 (Getty Images)

Saffyaan Sharif took 4-55 (Getty Images)

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Scotland’s cricketers go into a crucial World Cup qualifying game with Papua New Guinea at Lincoln, New Zealand tonight knowing that a place in the tournament proper next year in Australia is within reach.

It follows Scotland’s 21-run victory over Namibia in a match spread over two days by bad weather.

The Scots now lie second in the ‘Super Six’ pool behind United Arab Emirates on run rate.

With the Scotland innings ending on 279-9 Namibia resumed on 59-2 after 12 overs and for spells posed a serious threat.

But bowler Saffyaan Sharif stepped up to the mark with 4-55 to ease concerns and was backed up by Rob Taylor’s 2-47.

Earlier, man-of-the-match Matt Machin (78), Richie Berrington (51), Preston Mommsen (46) and Freddie Coleman (32) had showed there was real depth in the Scottish batting.

Mommsen, deputising for injured captain Kyle Coetzer, said: “Coming back was a bit difficult, they had a really good partnership together, and we struggled to get a breakthrough but I thought Sharif had a brilliant spell towards the back end and that’s what won us the game.”

Dangerman for Papua New Guinea will be Lega Siaka, formerly of Grange who has already hit two centuries in the competition.