US cause World Cup upset by beating Scots
The United States have caused a major upset after beating Scotland by 6 wickets in the first game of this years Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates.
The five day event kicked of this morning at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi with the eight associate countries all looking to claim one of two places available for the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies which takes place in May.
Set a target of 121 for victory the US reached their target with 5 balls to spare despite losing 3 wickets in the space of 8 balls after looking on course for a trouble free victory reaching 114/1 at the start of the 16th over.
With such a low target Carl Wright (62) and Lennox Cush (41) made sure the US wouldn't slip up enjoying a second wicket partnership of 97 as the pair made light work of Scotland's bowlers.
Wright and Cush looked on course to get the US to the winning total but there was still time for some late drama after Wight was trapped LBW by Jan Stander and Cush was caught by Richie Berrington off the bowling of Ryan Watson.
The tension was increased further when Watson claimed his second wicket in the space of three ball after Timroy Allen (0) was caught by Fraser Watts to leave the US wobbling.
The lose of 3 quick wickets left the US needing another 7 runs from 11 balls and it gave Scotland hope of pulling of an amazing comeback victory but Steve Massiah and Sudesh Dhaniram held their nerve to hand the US a famous win.
The United States victory was set up by their bowlers who never let Scotland take control of the game. After winning the toss and electing bat the Scots were immediately on the back foot losing lost Kyle Coetzer (0) after just three balls of the game.
Scotland lost wickets at regular intervals and it was only the contribution of 41 from skipper Gavin Hamilton which meant the US weren't chasing a much lower total.
With the problems the US cricket board have faced over the last 5 years the victory today will be seen as a major step forward for a team which hasn't qualified for a major cricket tournament since the 2004 Champions Trophy.