|World Twenty20 Cup Qualifier: Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 2008|
Ireland pulls off thrilling four-wicket victory over Scotland
ICC Media Release
Alex Cusack and Andre Botha shared seven wickets between them as Ireland recorded a thrilling four-wicket victory over Scotland in a low-scoring Group A match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at Stormont in Belfast, Ireland on Saturday.
Fast bowler Cusack bagged 4-21 and all-rounder Botha picked up 3-18 as Scotlandís decision to bat first backfired as it was bowled out for 117 on the last ball of the 20th over.
Neil McCallum with 27 and captain Ryan Watson with 24 were the main run-getters for Scotland.
But Scotland fought back gallantly to reduce Ireland to 104-6 with 14 runs required for victory off the last nine deliveries. In the last over, Ireland needed nine runs but Andrew White struck a boundary off the first ball and picked up the remaining runs off the next four deliveries as Ireland won with one ball to spare.
White finished with an invaluable 11 not out but it was Botha who top-scored for Ireland with a 34-ball 38 that included a four and a six. For his 3-18 and 38 runs, he was declared man of the match.