ICC trophy: Scotland sets up title clash with Ireland

Published: Sunday, July 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dublin:Scotland will face Ireland in all-Celtic International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy final after Scottish batsman Cedric English came to his team's rescue.

With both sides having already booked their places in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, Saturday's semi-finals were all about making Wednesday's final here.

Chasing 220 to win against Bermuda at The Hills ground, the Scots were struggling at 52 for three, but English, who finished unbeaten on 75, and former England all-rounder Gavin Hamilton put on 145 for the fourth wicket to rescue their side.

Hamilton fell for 59 with 22 needed, but Dougie Brown settled Scottish nerves with a quick-fire 17.

Earlier in the day Bermuda captain Clay Smith's decision to win the toss and bat was not rewarded by his top order as they crashed to 25 for three and 88 for seven.

But an unbeaten 53 from wicketkeeper Dean Minors and 45 from Lionel Cann helped the Bermudans post a competitive total.

Paul Hoffmann was the man who did the damage with the new ball as he quickly removed openers Delyone Borden and OJ Pitchers.

Warwickshire all-rounder Brown then dismissed Irvine Romaine before Albert Steede and Saleem Mukuddem added 41 for the fourth wicket.

John Blain then had Smith caught behind by Dougie Lockhart and trapped Steede in front for 31 and Hoffmann returned to dismiss Janeiro Tucker.

But the Scots let Bermuda off the hook as Minors and Cann added 81 for the eighth wicket.

Watson removed Cann for 45, but Minors guided his side past 200 with a run-a-ball 53 that included three sixes.

Scotland did not help themselves with the ball as they gifted Bermuda 49 extras - including 30 wides.

And their chase did not get off to a good start as Dennis Archer removed the top order of Fraser Watts and Ryan Watson for seven and Hoffmann after he had blazed 27.

Ireland reached the final after an unbeaten 64 from Peter Gillespie guided the hosts to victory over Canada.

Chasing 239 to win, Ireland were in deep trouble on 106 for five but Gillespie put on a 66-run sixth wicket stand with Trent Johnston to guide their team to a dramatic four-wicket win.

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