WI out of World Cup for first time

Harare – Two-time champions West Indies will miss the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time.

The side, led by Shai Hope and coached by former captain Darren Sammy, crashed out with another indifferent performance yesterday that ended in a seven-wicket defeat against Scotland in the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe.

West Indies folded for 181 in 43.5 overs after they were sent in to bat in the Super Six contest at the Harare Sports Club with all-rounder Brandon McMullen taking three for 32 from nine overs.

Jason Holder hit the top score of 45 and Romario Shepherd made 36 as they shared 77 for sixth wicket. They brought some respectability to the batting, after the Caribbean side slumped to 81 for six in the 21st over before both fell in successive overs as four wickets that fell for 23 in the span of 44 balls.

In reply, opener Matthew Cross with an unbeaten 74 and Player-of-the-Match McMullen with 69 enabled Scotland to successfully chase the target with ease.  (CMC)

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