|World Twenty20 Cup Qualifier: Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 2008|
Scotland reaches semi-final after victory over Bermuda
Scotland reached the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier from Group A after a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bermuda at Stormont in Belfast, Ireland on Sunday.
Scotland, which joins the Netherlands in the last four, achieved the 100-run target in 17.4 overs after Ryan Watson had won the toss and put Bermuda into bat on another fine day in Belfast.
The fact that Scotland lost to Ireland in 19.5 overs yesterday and won with 14 balls to spare today, gives it a net run-rate of +0.31 while Ireland and Bermuda have a net run-rate of +0.10 and -0.71 respectively.
While it is guaranteed a place in tomorrow’s semi-final, Scotland will have wait for the outcome of Ireland – Bermuda match to know where it finishes in this group. The match starts 1630 (local time).
Bermuda was never in control of the situation against a rejuvenated Scotland bowling attack led by former Worcestershire fast bowler Dewald Nel, who finished with impressive figures of 4-2-12-3 to pick up the man-of-the-match award.
Nel was on a hat-trick when he shattered the symmetry of Irving Romaine’s and Jekon Edness’ stumps on successive balls only to be denied the feat by Rodney Trott who fell to Gordon Drummond (1-22) four balls later without troubling the scorers.
Stephen Outerbridge with 37 not out was the top scorer for Bermuda while David Hemp (20) and Oliver Pitcher (13) were the other batsmen to show flashes of brilliance.
Scotland made a nervous start when it lost Watson (0) and Fraser Watts (7) in the third over but an unbroken 92-run third wicket partnership between Colin Smith and Navdeep Poonia ensured that the third-seeded side not only won without any further hiccups but also managed to finish with a positive net run-rate.
The 35-year-old Smith scored 46 from 42 balls with four fours while Poonia scored 38 from 54 deliveries.
Bermuda had its moments in the match but failed to take chances when they were offered. Its players dropped two straightforward catches and failed to convert a run-out opportunity when Smith and Poonia were stranded in the middle of the pitch.