Caribbean Sports – West Indies Reach 2019 World Cup To Give Fans Hope

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Matthew Cross of Scotland looks on as Marlon Samuels of The West Indies hits out during The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier between The West Indies and Scotland at The Harare Sports Club on March 21, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Photo by Julian Herbert-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Mar. 23, 2018: The West Indies men’s cricket team gave fans hope Wednesday, reaching the 2019 World Cup over Scotland in a rain-affected game in Harare.

Batting first, the Windies reached 198 all out. Scotland’s chances were ended by the weather, allowing the West Indies to sneak through and play in the 2019 tournament in England and Wales.

Chasing 199 to win, and take the World Cup place, Scotland was 5-125 in the 36th over when the rain came. Scotland needed to be 5-131 or better to win. This gave the West Indies a five-run victory on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

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“I’m extremely pleased to get through to the World Cup. We’ve been through a lot in the last two years,” said Skipper Jason Holder. “We had to play to expectation – there was pressure in every game and the guys really put their hands up. I’m really pleased to get over the line but my thoughts go out to Scotland for how they’ve played in this tournament.”