T20 World Cup Qualifier: Scotland suffer embarrassing 24-run loss to Namibia

Scotland slumped to a second shock defeat in Dubai

ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, Dubai:
Scotland 135-8 (20 overs): MacLeod 39, Berrington 23; Frylinck 2-15
Namibia 159-6 (20 overs): Smit 43, Erasmus 37; Davey 2-29
Namibia won by 24 runs
Scorecard & standings (external site)

Scotland’s T20 World Cup Qualifier campaign suffered another setback with an embarrassing 24-run loss to Namibia.

It is a second defeat in four for Scotland, the highest-ranked side in two groups of seven chasing six spots at next year’s finals in Australia.

Namibia set a target of 159-6 in Dubai and eased to their first victory with the Scots mustering just 135-8.

Scotland must now finish the group with wins over Bermuda and Netherlands to be certain of reaching the knockout phase.

Stand-in captain Richie Berrington’s dismissal triggered a collapse of six wickets for 40 runs.

With skipper Kyle Coetzer absent because of dehydration, coach Shane Burger’s side stuttered to a poor start with openers Craig Wallace and George Munsey out for a duck and 11 respectively.

Calum MacLeod (39) and Berrington (23) repaired some of the damage, but the Scots could not maintain the momentum and fell well short.

Namibia had been reduced to 46 for 3 in the seventh over. However, captain Gerhard Erasmus put on a 49-run stand with Craig Williams and JJ Smit smashed 43 off 22 balls.

Scotland, who bounced back from a shock opening loss to Singapore with wins over Kenya and Papua New Guinea, meet winless Bermuda on Thursday (07:30 BST).

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