T20 World Cup: Scotland defeat Namibia by five wickets to keep Super 8 bid on track | cricket news

Richie Berrington and Michael Leask shared a winning partnership for Scotland as they defeated Namibia in Barbados to bolster their hopes of progressing in the T20 World Cup.

After impressing with the bat in their first match against England, the Scots were victorious in Barbados, chasing their target of 156 with five wickets and nine balls to spare.

Things looked tough when Matthew Cross fell lbw to 73 for four, but skipper Berrington and Leask took the bull by the horns as they scored 74 off the next 42 balls.

Leask hit four sixes in his knock of 35 and Berrington was unbeaten on 47, finishing with a flourish when he hit David Wiese for long on before punching the air with joy.

The result puts Scotland on three points, meaning England could suffer if they fail to beat Australia on Saturday. live at 6 p.m. aerial sports cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

Brad Currie had previously excelled with the ball, taking two for 16 in four demanding overs.

Brad Wheal got Scotland off to the perfect start, swinging the new ball dangerously and trapping JP Kotze at mid-wicket with his third delivery.

Currie also struck an early blow and Chris Sole recovered after seeing three of his first four balls disappear against the ropes to open his account as Namibia reached 48 for three in a lively power play.

Chris Greaves dismissed Malan Kruger in the eighth over as Scotland continued to advance, but Gerhard Erasmus was proving to be a tough nut to crack.

He kept the innings together, stringing together a regular supply of boundaries from the spinners to even the scales. He reached his half-century with a flourish off just 30 balls, sweeping Leask for six long on.

The Aberdonian exacted instant revenge moments later, and Cross completed the mishap. There were 42 runs and four more wickets in the last five overs, with Currie and Wheal tidy at the end.

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Scotland captain Richie Berrington, left, and batting partner Chris Greaves celebrate after beating Namibia by five wickets.

Scotland’s reply enjoyed an early boost with eight runs from Ruben Trumpelmann, a change of fortune for the left-arm spinner who took wickets with his first two balls against Oman. But runs early on were harder to come by, and the total slowly rose to 25 for one after five overs.

Michael Jones, so impressive in the loss against England, finally came to life in the sixth over when he smashed two fours and a six, but the introduction of Erasmus changed the game for the second time. Jones (26) was caught behind and Brandon McMullen (19) was stumped by some sloppy footwork.

The required rate had risen to almost 10 over when Berrington and Leask made their move.

Two big overs effectively settled matters, 13 from Tangeni Lungameni and 19 from veteran Wiese in the 17th over, including a couple of big knocks from Leask.

Leask bowled Trumpelmann more than 100 meters over the big screen before holing out, but Berrington secured victory by driving Wiese back to the ground for the decisive six.

Whats Next?

With three points so far in Group B, Scotland remains at the bottom of the table Oman in North Sound, Antigua on Sunday at 6pm.

Namibia faces Australia in their third match of the tournament at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Watch every match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports, right up to the final on Sunday 29 June.

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