ICC WC Qualifier: Scotland tie with Zimbabwe
March 12 (CRICKETNMORE) - In the final Group B fixture, Zimbabwe stretched their unbeaten run to 28 matches in the history of the tournament when they tied their last match against Scotland at the Queens Sports Club.
Chasing 211 for victory, Scotland had the game in hand when they needed two runs to win off seven balls with two wickets left. But they lost both their remaining wickets for one run as both the sides finished on 210.
Scotland were cruising at 145 for four before they slipped to 173 for eight. However, Leask and Mark Watt (17) carried them to 209 for eight when Watt fell to Tendai Chatara off the last ball of the 48th over. Blessing Muzarabani started the final over with a wide that tied the scores before accounting for last-man Brad Wheal with Leask stranded at 28.
Captain Graeme Cremer (three for 23) and Tendai Chisoro (three for 42) shared the wickets to bring Zimbabwe back in the match, which at one stage looked firmly in Scotland’s control.
Scotland v Zimbabwe match tied, Queens Sports Club (Group B)
Zimbabwe 210 all out, 46.4 overs (Craig Ervine 57, Brendan Taylor 44, Solomon Mire 35; Safyaan Sharif 5-33, Michael Leask 4-37)
Scotland 210 all out, 49.1 overs (Richie Berrington 47, Kyle Coetzer 39, George Munsey 29, Michael Leask 28 not out,; Graeme Cremer 3-23, Tendai Chisoro 3-42)
Player of the match - Safyaan Sharif (Scotland)
ICC Media Release