Victory over UAE puts Scots on verge of Super Six spot

Calum MacLeod (Getty Images)

Calum MacLeod (Getty Images)

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Scotland’s cricketers will go into their final group game against Canada in Christchurch on Thursday poised to reach the ‘super six’ stage of World Cup qualifying.

This follows a comprehensive 53-run victory over the previously unbeaten United Arab Emirates, who were the top ranked team in the group

However, as the Scots, who are one of three teams on four points, continue to make amends for an opening defeat by Hong Kong, they will be mindful of the potential banana skin that is Canada and keen to maintain their revival with group points carrying forward into the ‘super six’.

Man-of-the-match against the UAE in Queenstown was all-rounder Calum MacLeod who hit 113 in a total of 265-6 during a match restricted to 28 overs-a-side due to rain.

MacLeod, who was supported by Matthew Cross (88) later took the ball and claimed three UAE wickets for 37 runs while Iain Wardlaw had 3-37 as the UAE failed to complete their overs and were dismissed for 212.

If they do make the next stage, two teams will eventually go forward to compete in the tournament proper next year.