Cricket: Scotland's World Cup hopes crushed by rain as West Indies win on DLS

Groundsman cover the pitch after the cricket world cup qualifier match between West Indies and Scotland was rainstopped at Harare Sports Club, Wednesday, March, 21, 2018. Zimbabwe is playing host to the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier matches featuring 10 countries.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Groundsman cover the pitch after the cricket world cup qualifier match between West Indies and Scotland was rainstopped at Harare Sports Club, Wednesday, March, 21, 2018. Zimbabwe is playing host to the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier matches featuring 10 countries.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Scotland have missed out on World Cup qualification after narrowly losing to the West Indies in a rain-affected match.

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The Saltires appeared well-placed to upset the two-time winners of the competition and qualify for next year’s tournament in England before bad weather intervened and sent them packing with a five-run defeat using the the DLS method.

After bowling the Windies out for just 198, Scotland were 125 for five in pursuit before heavy rain forced the game to be called off with the Scots still five runs shy of the par score.

The result means Jason Holder’s side qualify for the final of the World Cup qualifiers and with it the tournament proper, while Scotland miss out having suffered their second successive defeat of the Super Six stage.

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