West Indies qualify for Cricket World Cup as rain sinks unlucky Scotland

West Indies players celebrate the wicket of Scotland Batsman Mathew Cross, foreground, during their Cricket World Cup qualifier match at Harare Sports Club, Wednesday, March, 21, 2018. (AP)
Updated 21 March 2018
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West Indies qualify for Cricket World Cup as rain sinks unlucky Scotland

HARARE, Zimbabwe: West Indies has qualified for next year’s Cricket World Cup, sneaking through by beating Scotland in a heartbreaking finish to a match where rain stopped play with the Scots only just short of the run rate they needed to go through.
Chasing 199 to win, Scotland were 125-5 in the 36th over when the rain came on Wednesday. That gave West Indies a five-run victory on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. West Indies are the second-last team to secure a place at the World Cup in England and Wales.
One last place will be won at the ICC’s qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe. The host nation can secure it with victory over the UAE on Thursday.
West Indies began their decisive game against Scotland by losing Chris Gayle with the first ball of the match. Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels made half-centuries to take the two-time World Cup winner to 198 all out, a respectable and ultimately winning total.


Saudia E-Prix returns to Ad Diriyah with double header

Updated 24 June 2019
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Saudia E-Prix returns to Ad Diriyah with double header

  • The event will take place on Nov. 22 and 23
  • Two major races will take place in this year’s E-Prix, which made its Middle East debut in the Kingdom last year

DUBAI: The Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to bring two races and more global acts in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22 and 23, adding twice the excitement to a historic event held at UNESCO world heritage site, according to the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA).

“This year we look forward to igniting an even bigger season of motor racing for Formula E, we’re ready to welcome even more international visitors, and create another unforgettable moment for our people,” Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the GSA, said in a statement.

Two major races will take place in this year’s E-Prix, which made its Middle East debut in the Kingdom last year with only one race. Music icons such as David Guetta, Enrique Iglesias, One Republic and the Black-Eyed Peas performed during the event. It was reportedly attended by some 60,000 people.

“This year sees even more teams enter the Formula E championship, with Porsche and Mercedes entering the fray. Last year Ad Diriyah was the launchpad for the new Gen 2 race cars and the exciting Attack Zone innovation. This year will be the first-time drivers will have an additional 10kW of power available when using that Attack Mode, rising from 225kW to 235kW,” Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF), said.

“Add to that, a double header – two races instead of one - with a total of 24 cars competing. This will fire up Saudi Arabia’s passion for motorsports and we are ready to welcome Formula E back,” he added.

The GSA is expecting crowds of up to 100,000 people to attend the E-Prix, given the improvements in the visa processing for tourists.

The 2019 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix will be the second year of a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the GSA and the SAMF.