Cricket World Cup: Australia thrash Scotland in last group game

Australia raced to a seven-wicket win and condemned Scotland to a sixth straight defeat in the final World Cup Pool A game.

World Cup Pool A, Hobart:
Scotland 130 (25.4 overs): Machan 40; Starc 4-14
Australia 133-3 (15.2 overs): Clarke 47
Australia won by seven wickets

Mitchell Starc took 4-13 and Pat Cummins 3-42 to bowl Scotland out for 130 in 25.4 overs in Hobart.

Michael Clarke, promoted up the order, hit 47 as Australia won with 34.4 overs to spare after a 90-minute rain delay.

They face a quarter-final against Pakistan or Ireland, who meet on Sunday, in Adelaide on 20 March.

Australia captain Clarke said: “We had one little hiccup against New Zealand, but now it’s the knockout stages.

“We need to play at our best and I think if we do, we can win.”

Scotland finished bottom of the group, having extended their unwanted record of World Cup games without a win to 14 since their debut in 1999.

But captain Preston Mommsen said: “We take a huge amount of positives from the past six games, and we leave the World Cup a better team.”

The batting problems which have undermined this campaign – Scotland have been bowled out in all but one game – were evident again as five players made ducks.

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