Two-time WC champions West Indies are now ruled out of 2023 WC

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The West Indies lost to Scotland by seven wickets in the qualification match on Saturday, missing out on the Cricket World Cup for the first time.

The Caribbean team, which needed a victory to maintain its tenuous chance of qualifying, was dismissed for 181 in their 50 overs before Scotland completed the chase in Harare with 6.3 overs remaining.

After prior losses to the hosts and the Netherlands in Zimbabwe’s Super Six stage, Shai Hope’s team has zero points with only two games left.

With a maiden one-day international victory over their opponents, Scotland exacted vengeance for the West Indies’ excruciating and contentious loss in the last World Cup Qualifier in 2018, which caused them to miss out on the main event.

Prior to their last two games against Zimbabwe on Tuesday and the Dutch two days later, they now lie just two points behind Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, with the top two qualifying for the 10-team event.

The damage was done early on by the Scottish seam bowlers, who, after winning the toss and choosing to play first, reduced the Windies to 81-6.

Young all-rounder Brandon McMullen finished with 3-32 from nine overs after dismissing the top three West Indies players, Johnson Charles, Brandon King, and Shamarh Brooks.
Jason Holder and Romario Shepherd mounted a brief comeback, but Scotland’s spinners continued to apply pressure.

The Windies lost their final four wickets for 23 runs when Shepherd was beautifully caught by Safyaan Sharif off the bowling of Mark Watt for 36 and Holder was trapped LBW by Chris Greaves three balls later.

Holder gave his team optimism by returning Scotland’s Christopher McBride after the opening delivery of their inning.

However, McMullen and Matthew Cross’ 125-run partnership for the second wicket placed Scotland firmly on the winning track.

McMullen made a 69 when Shepherd took his wicket, but the match was already all but over.

When 20 runs were needed, left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein dismissed George Munsey, leaving just Chris Cross to lead Scotland to victory with an unbeaten 74 off 107 balls.

In the past, the West Indies participated in every World Cup and won the first two competitions in 1975 and 1979.