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‘Nothing to fear’ as Scots face Windies for World Cup place

Scotland’s cricketers today face their most important match in years when they line-up against star-studded West Indies in Harare with a place 
at next year’s World Cup at stake.

Safyaan Sharif hits out during Scotland's defeat by Ireland. The Scots must now beat West Indies to reach the World Cup. Picture: ICC

Scotland believe win against West Indies is mission possible

Grant Bradburn, the Scotland coach, remains quietly optimistic that his team can rise to their biggest challenge yet to realise their dream of 
playing at next year’s World Cup.

Michael Leask of Scotland looks despondent as runs are scored of his bowling in Harare. Picture: ICC

Cricket Scotland’s World Cup hopes rest on defeating West Indies

Scotland’s World Cup qualifying hopes were hanging by a thread last night after they slumped to a 25-run defeat against Ireland at the Harare Sports Club.

Scotland hockey players Rob Hardwood and Lucy Lanigan are heading to Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. Picture: John Devlin

Rob Harwood and Lucy Lanigan ready for Commonwealth Games

The chance to represent Scotland at the highest level comes around only once every four years for field hockey players. For Rob Harwood and Lucy Lanigan, the chance even to get that chance, and make the flight for the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast next month, could be distilled down to one week.

Jockey Richard Johnson punches the air after Native River won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Picture: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Colin Tizzard is popular winner of Gold Cup

No one is due in this game. Having spent an age getting to National Hunt’s high table, farming’s favourite trainer Colin Tizzard did not need telling that. He dreamt the Gold Cup dream with Cue Card only to see him fall three out in 2016, and last year thought his name might be on the trophy with Thistlecrack, who failed to make it to the line.

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Kyle Coetzer raises his bat after reaching 50 against Nepal in the group stage of the tournament. Picture: ICC/Getty

Best is yet to come says Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer

Kyle Coetzer believes Scotland have reached the brink of World Cup qualification – without playing their best.

Trainer Nicky Henderson saddles favourite Might Bite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson eyes historic Cheltenham treble with Might Bite

Nicky Henderson already has enough golden memories of Cheltenham to keep his children, and grandchildren, entertained for hours when he finally calls it a day, puffs on his pipe in his armchair by the fire.

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Matthew Cross smashes 114 as Scotland star Super Six with win

Matthew Cross smashes 114 as Scotland star Super Six with win

Matthew Cross compiled his his highest international score yesterday as Scotland moved tantalisingly close to World Cup qualification with a convincing 73-run win over UAE in Bulawayo.

Supasundae wins the Irish Champion Hurdle on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Supasundae is best bet to land Stayers Hurdle prize

Supasundae can claim his second Cheltenham Festival success in a fascinating renewal of the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.

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Scotland all-rounder Richie Berrington will make his 210th appearance for his country. Picture: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Richie Berrington to equal Scotland cap record in crucial UAE qualifier

Richie Berrington has revealed his pride as he prepared to become Scotland’s most capped player in the World Cup Qualifier against UAE.

Jockey Nico De Boinville celebrates after Altior's victory in the Champion Chase

Cheltenham: Altior ‘the freak’ wins battle of the big beasts

The agony, the ecstasy, those familiar extremes bookending the Cheltenham experience, found dramatic expression once again in the Champion Chase, the remarkable Altior augmenting his growing legend at the expense of Douvan, for whom so much was once promised.

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Despair for Michael Leask as his unbeaten 28 wasn't quite enough for Scotland to beat hosts Zimabwe in Bulawayo. Picture: ICC/Getty

Michael Leask takes some blame for Scotland’s tough tie

Michael Leask was left with mixed emotions as he reflected on Scotland’s thrilling tie with Zimbabwe in the World Cup Qualifier.

Gordon Elliott can strike with Cause of Causes at Cheltenham today.

Cheltenham: Monalee can turn on magic to land RSA honours

Monalee should have what it takes to claim a fascinating renewal of the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

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Barry Geraghty punches the air in delight after Buveur D'Air's victory in the Champion Hurdle.

Buveur D’Air forced to dig deep to retain Champion crown

Buveur D’Air had to show courage to go with his undoubted class to successfully defend his crown in the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

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Nicky Henderson likely to decide on Altior's participation in the Queen Mother Champion Chase today.

Altior doubt for Queen Mother chase after being found lame

Altior has suffered a fitness scare in preparation for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival tomorrow.

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Barry Geraghty rides Buveur D'Air to victory in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Picture: Alamn Crowhurst/Getty

Buveur D’Air up for the double in Champion Hurdle

Nicky Henderson has every faith in Buveur D’Air as the Seven Barrows trainer bids to win the Unibet Champion Hurdle for a seventh time at Cheltenham today.

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Scotland bowler Safyaan Sharif claimed his maiden One-Day International five-wicket haul. Picture; Tom Dulat/Getty

Thrilling tie as Scotland fall short but Super Six task tougher

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer hailed yesterday’s tie with Zimbabwe as a “great game of cricket” even though the result harmed Scotland’s chances of reaching the 2019 World Cup.

Edwulf  and Derek O'Connor winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Cheltenham miracle Edwulf comes back from the dead

When the amphitheatre of dreams that is Cheltenham racecourse opens its doors for festival week on Tuesday, it will herald the start of one of the most successful events on the British sporting calendar.

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Kyle Coetzer's fine 88 helped Scotland to defeat Nepal and to the top of the World Cup Qualifier group.  Photograph: Getty

Kyle Coetzer’s Scotland fired up for Zimbabwe showdown

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer has signalled cautious optimism that his side can complete the group stages of cricket’s ICC World Cup Qualifier unbeaten and put themselves, perhaps, within two victories of an unexpected place at the showpiece in England next summer.

Lynne Beattie, left, and Melissa Coutts believe a bronze medal in Australia is possible. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/

Lynne Beattie and Mel Coutts - barnstorming Scots on Gold Coast beach

With snow piling up against the door and the smog of icy breath filtering through the air, Lynne Beattie prises open this most unlikely high performance hub and takes shelter from the freeze outside. In recent weeks, she and her volleyballing cohort Mel Coutts have understandably dreamed of the sun-kissed beaches of Queensland which will soon become their frost-free playground. Here, tucked away behind a row of cottages on the outskirts of Edinburgh, lie the simulators where the Scottish duo have been preparing for what awaits on the other side of the world.

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