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Scotland edge nearer to qualifying

Scotland are just one win away from securing a slot at the 2015 World Cup after a 52-run victory over Papua New Guinea in Lincoln, New Zealand.

Stand-in skipper Preston Mommsen scored 94 while Robert Taylor took three wickets for just 35 runs as the Saltires closed in on their first appearance at the finals since 2007.

They now need to beat Kenya in their last Super Six match on Thursday to claim a place in the qualifying tournament final, which also guarantees them entry to next year's tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

And confidence will be high following their emphatic win over PNG at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

After winning the toss, the Scots started well before losing Calum MacLeod for 29.

The Pacific Islanders then claimed in-form Matt Machin's scalp as wicket-keeper Jack Vare and medium pacer Norman Vanua combined to leave Scotland on 70 for two after 12 overs.

But Mommsen's significant knock saw Scotland out of danger before he fell just six runs short of his ton thanks to a brilliant leaping catch by Charles Amini at mid-wicket.

The Saltires closed out their 50 overs for 288 runs for nine before PNG got off to a decent start themselves.

But Taylor and Majid Haq both helped themselves to three wickets as their opponents were limited to just 236 all out, putting the Scots on the verge of a World Cup ticket.

Captain Mommsen said: "We have said all along that we want to keep imposing ourselves on each match and bring a consistency performance.

"We have done that well over the past five games and the challenge is to do that against Kenya."