World Cup Qualifier: Scotland progress with victory over Nepal

Kyle Coetzer
Kyle Coetzer was the only Scottish player to get more than 20 runs in their third Group B match
World Cup Qualifier Group B, Bulawayo
Nepal 149 (47.7 overs): Khadka 63, Regmi 24
Scotland 153-6 (41.3 overs): Coetzer 88, Wallace 17
Scotland won by four wickets

Scotland guaranteed a place in the Super Sixes stage of the World Cup Qualifier thanks to a four-wicket win against Nepal.

The Scots chased a total of 150 after Nepal were all out for 149, including Paras Khadka's 63.

Grant Bradburn's side were struggling at 122-6 but captain Kyle Coetzer's unbeaten 88 sealed victory.

Scotland face hosts Zimbabwe in their final Group B match on Monday. The top three teams from two groups progress.

Reaching the Super Six also guarantees that Scotland will retain one-day international status with the International Cricket Council until at least 2022.

Scotland followed up victories over Afghanistan and Hong Kong to make it three out of three in Bulawayo.

They made a good start as Stuart Whittingham (3-35) and Safyaan Sharif (2-21) reduced Nepal to 14-4.

Basanta Regmi was 24 not out as Alasdair Evans took the wickets of Sandeep Lamichhane and Lalit Rajbanshi to bring the Nepalese innings to an end.

Coetzer was forced to bide his time with the bat as wickets tumbled regularly at the other end.

Matt Cross (14), Calum MacLeod (15), Harry Munsey (10) and Craig Wallace (17) combined with the skipper to get the Scots over the line.

Scotland in the World Cup Qualifier (Group B):

Sunday, 4 March - Afghanistan v Scotland (won by seven wickets)

Tuesday, 6 March - Scotland v Hong Kong (won by four wickets)

Thursday, 8 March - Scotland v Nepal (won by four wickets)

Monday, 12 March - Zimbabwe v Scotland

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