Ireland seal World Cup qualification
Ireland confirmed their place at the 2011 World Cup thanks to a six-wicket victory over Netherlands.
The Dutch, without star all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate who has returned to Essex for the start of the English domestic season, were asked to bat first and made 222 all out from their 50 overs.
Alex Cusack and Boyd Rankin picked up three wickets apiece, with Peter Connell snaring two and Trent Johnston and Regan West one each.
Opener Alexei Kervezee, who is on the books of Worcestershire, was the only player to really get going for Holland with 77 from 112 deliveries.
Ireland opener William Porterfield top-scored for Phil Simmons’ side with 78 before being run out, while Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan also made a notable contribution with a quickfire 76 from 62 balls.
The O’Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, then saw Ireland home with six wickets in hand and 5.3 overs to spare.
Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for the next World Cup hang by a thread after they slumped to a 42 run defeat to Afghanistan in Benoni.
Chasing 280 for victory, the Scots looked well on course for their target with Kyle Coetzer (91) and Gavin Hamilton (71) helping them to 187 for two with more than 10 overs remaining.
But they lost their last eight wickets for 50 runs to be bowled out for 237 and will now need to win their final Super Eight game against the United Arab Emirates and hope that results elsewhere go in their favour if they are to have any hope of sealing a trip to the next World Cup.
Earlier, Karim Sadiq and Norooz Mangal hit half-centuries as Afghanistan were dismissed for 279.
Sadiq was eventually run out for 92, while Mangal made an attractive 72 before being caught at long on by Neil McCallum off the bowling of John Blain.
Elsewhere, United Arab Emirates eased to a five-wicket victory over Canada to keep their hopes of a semi-final place alive.
Canada looked set for a big total when they reached 95 for one in the 20th over, with opener Amjad Javed thumping 40 off 23 balls.
However, they subsequently collapsed to 194 all out, despite 43 from Sandeep Jyoti, with Saqib Ali (3-20) the pick of the bowlers.
Skipper Khurram Khan then struck an unbeaten 53 to guide United Arab Emirates home.
In the day’s other game, Kenya slumped to a shock 201-run defeat at the hands of Namibia.
Jan-Berrie Burger smashed 125 from just 96 balls as Namibia posted an imposing 305.
Kenya raced to 27 without loss after 3.1 overs, before collapsing to 104 all out, with Sarel Burger (4-29) and Louis Klazinga (3-27) the chief destroyers.