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Scots ease through to semi-finals

By Mark Woods
BBC Sport at Stormont

Scotland's Navdeer Poona in action with Bermuda wicketkeeper Jekon Edness
Scotland's Navdeer Poona hit an unbeaten 38

Scotland booked their place in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 qualifiers with an emphatic eight-wicket defeat of Bermuda.

The Saltires scored 100 for the loss of two wickets in reply to Bermuda's 99 for seven in the Group A game.

An unbeaten partnership from Colin Smith (46) and Nav Poonia (38) saw them win with 14 balls to spare.

Bermuda's batsmen struggled on their debut, with only Stephen Outerbridge's 37no providing resistance.

Dewald Nel's 3-12 contribution, which included two wickets in successive balls, broke their meek resistance, leaving Outerbridge with little support.

Scotland - who won the toss - made two changes from Saturday's narrow loss to Ireland, with Warwickshire's Poonia replacing Durham absentee Kyle Coetzer and Fraser Watts coming in for spinner Glenn Rogers, who is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a calf tear the day before.

It's a huge relief to be through to the semi-finals

Scotland batsman Colin Smith

The islanders, making their Belfast bow, struggled in the early morning sunshine.

Their openers departed quickly as Chris Foggo was trapped lbw on six and OJ Pitcher run out by Ryan Watson on 13.

Richie Berrington's first delivery removed James Celestine for no score and then Watson introduced himself, tempting David Hemp to pick out John Blain at long-on for 20 when he had looked menacing.

At 49-4 after just 11 overs, Bermuda had lost the initiative. Man of the match Nel, who took 3-15, removed Irving Romaine and Jekon Edness in turn.

And, with Rodney Trott stumped for a duck, it required Outerbridge's obduracy to guide his side to 99-7.

The Scots had to overcome some early jitters before claiming victory.

Their reply suffered a huge blow when Watson's first ball saw him pull to Romaine at mid-wicket, followed swiftly by Watts (7), who was less than pleased to be adjudged lbw to Stefan Kelly.

However, Poonia and Smith proved resolute with a partnership of 92 that steered their side to a comfortable winning margin, the wicketkeeper-batsman driving his fourth boundary through square-leg off the last delivery.

Smith said: "We were on run rate and as long as we didn't lose wickets then we weren't going to lose.

"So it was just a case of keeping ahead and just staying there. It's a huge relief to be through to the semi-finals."

GROUP B: Canada (91) lost to Kenya (92-6) by four wickets

Kenya booked their place in the semi-finals as Group B runners-up with a comprehensive four-wicket win over Canada.

Peter Ongondo reduced the Canadians to 23-2 while Tony Suji added two further wickets, a haul of 15 from Sanyay Thuraisingham only delaying his side’s dismissal for 91 with two balls left.

The Kenyans could afford to take their time to hunt down their target, young opener Elijhah Otieno holding firm to reel off 40.

And they ground out victory with 2.1 overs left, to take the second qualifying spot behind the Netherlands.


see also
Ireland defeat Scots at Stormont
03 Aug 08 |  Cricket
Scots & Irish eye World Twenty20
01 Aug 08 |  Cricket
Zimbabwe to miss World Twenty20
04 Jul 08 |  Cricket
County players back for Twenty20
03 Jul 08 |  Cricket


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