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7th round WCL Ireland-Scotland fixtures announced

Two wins against Ireland will keep Scotland in the running to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015; WCL Championship matches to be streamed live at www.icc-cricket.com, trophy to be presented to Ireland after second ODI

7th round WCL Ireland-Scotland fixtures announced - Cricket News
Scotland Cricket Team.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the squads for the Ireland-Scotland fixtures of the seventh and final round of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championship and the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013.
 
Fourth-placed Scotland will travel to Belfast for two critical WCL Championship ODIs at Stormont, to be played on 6 and 8 September.  Currently sitting behind Netherlands and Afghanistan on net run rate (15 points each), and UAE only one point behind, Scotland will require two wins to keep its hopes of direct qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 alive.
 
The top two sides from the WCL Championship qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, while the bottom six teams will receive a second chance to progress at next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, where they will compete alongside Hong Kong, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Uganda for the final two spots in the ICC’s flagship 50-over event.
 
Ireland has already won the WCL Championship to become the first Associate or Affiliate side to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.  The WCL Championship trophy will therefore be presented to Ireland captain William Porterfield and his team following the second ODI, on 8 September.
 
While Ireland has already won the competition, the race for the crucial second position may come down to net run rate, and, as a result, Scotland will be aiming for decisive victories over the top-ranked side.
 
Scotland and Ireland will further lock horns in the four-day, first-class Intercontinental Cup fixture from 11-14 September at Clontarf, Dublin.  Ireland, which won the event in 2005, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, has already qualified for the final, and currently lead its closest rival and defending champion Afghanistan by 12 points, with Scotland a further 18 points back.
 
Scotland will need an outright win to have any chance of taking second place and knocking Afghanistan out of the final. 
 
 
Pepsi ICC WCL Championship squads
 
Ireland (from) – William Porterfield (captain), George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Edmund Joyce, John Mooney, Timothy Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Edward Richardson, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White and Gary Wilson
 
Scotland (from) – Kyle Coetzer (captain), Richard Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Gordon Drummond, Hamish Gardiner, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Matthew Machan, Callum Macleod, Preston Mommsen, David Murphy, Safyaan           Sharif, Robert Taylor and Iain Wardlaw
 
 
Forthcoming Pepsi ICC WCL Championship matches
 
Canada v Netherlands
27 Aug – 1st ODI, King City, Toronto
29 Aug – 2nd ODI, King City, Toronto
 
Ireland v Scotland (to be streamed live at www.icc-cricket.com)
6 Sep – 1st ODI, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland
8 Sep – 2nd ODI, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland
 
UAE v Namibia (to be streamed live at www.icc-cricket.com)*
27 Sep – 1st 50-over match, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
29 Sep – 2nd 50-over match, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 
Afghanistan v Kenya (to be streamed live at www.icc-cricket.com)*
2 Oct – 1st ODI, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
4 Oct – 2nd ODI, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 
*Squads for these fixtures will be announced in due course.

Pepsi ICC WCL Championship points table (after six rounds)
Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Ireland* 12 9 1 1 1 20 +1.011
Netherlands 12 7 4 1 0 15 +0.345
Afghanistan 12 7 4 0 1 15 +0.323
Scotland 12 7 4 0 1 15 +0.025
U.A.E. 12 7 5 0 0 14 -0.112
Kenya 12 5 7 0 0 10 -0.029
Namibia 12 2 10 0 0 4 -0.849
Canada 12 1 10 0 1 3 -0.678

* Ireland has already sealed a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, regardless of how the seventh and final round matches of the competition pans out
 
ICC Intercontinental Cup squads

 
Ireland (from) – William Porterfield (captain), John  Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, Christopher Dougherty, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Edward Richardson, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White and Craig Young
 
Scotland (from) – Kyle Coetzer (captain), Richard Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Callum Macleod, Matthew Machan, Preston Mommsen, Safyaan           Sharif, Craig Wallace and Iain Wardlaw
 
 
Forthcoming ICC Intercontinental Cup matches

 
22-25 Aug - Canada v Netherlands, King City, Toronto
11-14 Sep – Ireland v Scotland, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
22-25 Sep – UAE v Namibia, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah*
6-9 Oct – Afghanistan v Kenya, GCA 1, ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City*
 
*Squads for these fixtures will be announced in due course.
 
Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts Quotient
Ireland* 6 4 0 0 2 0 96 1.83
Afghanistan 6 4 0 0 2 0 84 1.168
Scotland 6 2 1 0 2 1 66 1.074
Namibia 6 3 2 0 1 0 57 1.047
Kenya 6 1 4 0 0 1 42 0.749
U.A.E 6 1 1 0 4 0 40 0.836
Netherlands 6 0 3 0 2 1 36 0.8
Canada 6 0 4 0 1 1 23 0.741


* Ireland has already qualified for the final of the Intercontinental Cup, regardless of the remaining seventh round match results
** The first Canada-Netherlands ODI has been carried over to Wednesday, 28 August, and the WCL Championship table will be therefore be updated after this match
 
For more information on the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship, please click here.
 
For more information on the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013, please click here.
 
Umpire and match referee appointments can be found here.

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