Australia end Scotland's World Cup, send England into Super Eight

Scotland was eliminated from the Twenty20 World Cup by Australia in St Lucia on Saturday after five wickets. England reached Super Eight.  

Scotland needed a stalemate, a washout, or their first win against Australia to top their southern Group B rivals after England's rain-soaked triumph over Namibia in Antigua.  

Under beautiful skies, Brandon McMullen's quickfire 60 and skipper Richie Berrington's 42 not out helped Scotland score 180-5 from 20 overs at Gros Islet.  

Australia, who advanced for the second round, should have been dissatisfied with their fielding and start, but Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis accelerated in the last 10 overs to win.  

Great squad, Scotland fought hard!" said Australia captain Mitchell Marsh. "The World Cup kind of starts again now, we're excited about what's to come."  

Berrington, whose team left because they had a lower net run rate than England, said Scottish players were frustrated after not scoring.  

"I thought we were in a pretty good position," said. Our execution sucked. Cricket tournaments should make boys proud."  

After Australia won the toss, George Munsey and McMullen helped Scotland reach 89 for the second wicket after Ashton Agar dismissed Michael Jones in the first over.  

Australia tightened up to restrict the Scots to 42 runs in their final five overs after Maxwell bowled Munsey to midwicket for 35 and Zampa bowled McMullen, who smashed two sixes and six fours before Mitchell Starc caught Berrington.   

The Scots gained momentum in the Australian innings, but Warner, Marsh, and Maxwell were bowled cheaply, including Maxwell by Mark Watt with a peach.  

Head and Stoinis scored 80 for the third wicket while warming up, turning the game around. The Australians were encouraged after Scottish seamer Safyaan Sharif terminated his innings after Head hit three sixes off legal deliveries.  

Watt dismissed Stoinis in the next over, but Tim David and Matthew Wade helped Australia win to quell predictions of a loss to England. This automated news feed was unaltered.