Hoffman steers Scots into cup contention

FORMER Rockhampton cricketer Paul Hoffman has steered Scotland into the 2007 cricket World Cup after beating Ireland by 47 runs in the final of the ICC Trophy in Dublin yesterday.

Hoffman blasted 23 runs off 14 balls to set the platform for Scotland's 8/324 (50 overs).

In reply, Ireland managed 9/277 (50 overs), with Hoffman snaring 2/47 (10 overs).

Ireeand has also qualified for the next World Cup, held in February and March 2007 in the West Indies, along with the Netherlands, Bermuda and Canada.

Scotland and the Netherlands will join top-seeded Australia and fellow world cricket powerhouse South Africa in Group One.

Previous ICC Trophy winners have been Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

World Cup 2007: Group A ? Australia, South Africa, Scotland, the Netherlands. Group B ? Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Bermuda. Group C ? England, New Zealand, Kenya, Canada. Group D ? Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland.



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