AFTER a lacklustre group stage, defending co-champions Scotland showed they still had enough left in the tank after two off days to see off the tournament hosts as George Munsey’s second half-century of the event laid the platform for a lopsided 90-run win over UAE.The result clinched Scotland’s second straight trip to the T20 World Cup and fourth appearance overall.Netherlands had executed a brilliant plan to negate Munsey’s bread-and-butter scoring option, the reverse sweep, in Scotland’s last group match on Sunday.But UAE had no answers to the shot on Wednesday as Munsey cracked a pair of sixes with the shot off Sultan Ahmed to get his innings going in the third over and he never looked back.Along with captain Kyle Coetzer, Munsey added 87 for the opening stand in 11.2 overs, scoring just as efficiently against pace and spin. Munsey flicked Waheed Ahmed’s medium-pace over square leg and midwicket for two more sixes in the 10th over to go to 49 before a single in the next over raised a 33-ball half-century.The stand ended when Coetzer swatted Junaid Siddique’s medium pace to Muhammad Usman at long-off for 34. Munsey fell in the 14th over off a candidate for catch of the tournament as Rameez Shahzad plucked a lofted drive leaping one-handed at long-off.But the faintest glimmer of hope UAE had of clawing back into the match was quickly washed away with the arrival of Richie Berrington at No. 4. The Scotland vice-captain only failed to score off the first and last balls he faced.In between were 16 balls of fury as he commenced a merciless assault at the death. Waheed’s medium pace was slog-swept for six before a slower ball was hammered back over his head for another six in the 16th over.There was no respite when he fell in the 18th over to Rohan Mustafa either as Calum MacLeod finished the innings with three fours in the final over before being run out off the last ball as Scotland finished two shy of reaching 200 for the second time in the tournament.Considering how UAE’s line-up fared against the Netherlands pace attack a day earlier, their chances of chasing Scotland’s total were remote and so it proved in the Powerplay. Chirag Suri skied the third ball off Safyaan Sharif taken at short fine leg with the gloves by Matthew Cross. Mustafa’s wild charge to Josh Davey two overs later resulted in a toe edge behind to make it 12 for 2.Darius D’Silva retired hurt at the end of the Powerplay to leave UAE further in a hole, at 35 for 2, and the chasm only grew wider when their best batsman Rameez drove a catch to Munsey on the off-side boundary off Mark Watt’s left-arm spin in the ninth over to make it 55 for 3.The slide accelerated a few overs later when UAE’s middle order lost four wickets in eight balls to effectively end the match. Waheed was bounced out by Berrington with a slower ball flicked to short fine leg. Muhammad Usman skied a drive to long-on where Michael Leask charged in for a fantastic sliding catch.Two balls later Sultan Ahmed played inside the line of a stock delivery from Watt to be bowled for a golden duck before MacLeod’s part-time offspin resulted in a pull to deep square leg by Mohammad Boota to make it 84 for 7.D’Silva eventually returned to the crease but Sharif wound up cleaning up the tail. A miscued slog was skied back to Sharif for the final wicket and UAE were bowled out with nine balls unused.Scotland now move into the fifth place playoff for T20 World Cup seeding purposes against the winner of the remaining elimination playoff match between Oman and Hong Kong.(ESPN Cricinfo)
Padraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug when the famous old tournament last visited the Southport course, and goes out in the group immediately after Clarke’s.Shane Lowry’s another morning starter, taking to the course at 10.20.While out-of-form Rory McIlroy remains convinced he’s just one round from turning his year around – he’s out just before ten-to-3 in a group that also contains world number one Dustin Johnson. Photo © – Tipp FM The 146th Open Championship gets underway this morning.Mark O’Meara – who won at Royal Birkdale in 1998 – is first to tee off at 6.35 this morning.Darren Clarke is the first Irish player out, teeing off at 9.25.
He confirmed this week he will make his singles comeback at the Western & Southern Open, though he has not yet decided whether he will contest the singles at the US Open.The three-time grand slam champion and former world number one will, however, feature for at least some of the Asian swing after confirming his participation in Zhuhai and Beijing.Posting on Facebook, he wrote: “As I look to play more singles events later in the year, I’m happy to announce I’ll be playing at the inaugural Zhuhai Championships in the week of Sept 23.”I have always enjoyed playing in China and Zhuhai is meant to be a great city. It’s close to Macau and Hong Kong, with an impressive stadium and I can’t wait to experience it.”Some more good news for my Chinese fans… I’m also going to play Beijing the week after Zhuhai.”I’ve got some great memories from playing in Beijing, it’s a really interesting city, and I’m looking forward to heading back there again!” While the event in Zhuhai is making its debut on the ATP Tour, Murray has previous happy memories of the China Open, having won it in 2016.Murray will face Richard Gasquet in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday.As I look to play more singles events later in the year, I’m happy to announce I’ll be playing at the inaugural Zhuhai…Posted by Andy Murray on Sunday, 11 August 2019Some more good news for my Chinese fans… I’m also going to play Beijing the week after Zhuhai. I’ve got some great…Posted by Andy Murray on Sunday, 11 August 2019 Andy Murray will play singles at the Zhuhai Championships and China Open next month as he plots a successful return to the ATP Tour.Murray, who appeared set for retirement amid continued hip issues following his five-set loss in the first round of the Australian Open in January, returned to play doubles in June after undergoing resurfacing surgery.