Scotland Kicked off Black Army, Vanishes World Cup Hopes

Scotland has taken revenge for the defeat in Harare five years ago when the West Indies were celebrating with the help of controversial umpiring and interruption of the rain. But they could not repeat the same in 2023 as Scotland kicked off Black Army out of the tournament and for the first time, two times champion will not be a part of the World Cup campaign.

On the contrary, Scotland has included itself in the list of favorites to qualify for World Cup 2023 being held in October because they have secured four points. Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are the leading teams with six points each. 

Brandon McMullen’s all-round performance proved to be a nightmare for Black Army, taking three wickets with the ball and a half-century with the bat.

Scotland won the toss and asked West Indies to bat in trying circumstances and it lost its top-order batters within the first six overs. Thanks to McMullen for the outstanding spell who ended with superb figures of 3 for 32.

At this stage, Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran tried to make things better for West Indies and they scored only 21 runs in the next 50 balls but Mark Watt gave them another solid blow with the help of Christopher McBride.

Romario Shepherd built a partnership of 77 runs with Holder but Scotland picked up Shepherd when he started raising the tempo. After three balls, Jason Holder also lost heart and West Indies managed to score 181 for all out.

Scotland Kicked off Black Army, Vanishes World Cup Hopes
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In chasing a low total, Scotland was deprived of McBride in the first over. At the stage, McMullen again pulled things back and tried to build a partnership with Matthew Cross. Meanwhile, Mayers dropped a chance also. This poor fielding proved to be the last nail in West Indies’ coffin as both the batsmen scored the fifties and built a handsome partnership of 125 runs. 

When Joseph picked up McMullen, he had done his job and things were in control for Scotland. Mathew Cross did not let things slip from his hands and continue building partnerships with George Munsey and Berrington and Scotland kicked off Black Army out of the big stage.

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