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SCOTLAND coach Pete Steindl refused to pull any punches in criticising his team's sub-par showing in their final group game at the Cricket World Cup qualifiers yesterday at Johannesburg's Willowmoore Park.
The 148-run loss to Canada left the Saltires in third place in their pool, teeing up an opening clash with the Netherlands in the Super Eight stages on Saturday.

With four teams – including the Dutch – carrying forward more points into the decisive phase of the competition, the defeat leaves the Scots with a mountain to climb to secure the top-four berth they require to reach the 2011 global showpiece.

And Steindl, whose side were all out for 104 with almost 20 overs to spare due to a batting collapse, admitted today that it was an unacceptable showing.

"We felt we had to get some partnerships going and we needed a good start," said the former Corstorphine professional. "The batters have to work very hard but at the same time, with the bowlers and the fielding effort, there's a lot left to put in the park for us."

In the next phase, Scotland have to take on Kenya, the UAE, Afghanistan and the Netherlands with three wins likely required to qualify.
 
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