West Indies qualify for cricket World Cup after controversial call, rain ends Scotland's hopes

The West Indies have qualified for next year's Cricket World Cup after a controversial rain-affected, five-run win over Scotland via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method on Thursday morning (NZ time).

The Saltires appeared well-placed to upset the two-time winners in Zimbabwe and qualify for next year's tournament in England and Wales, before bad weather intervened and sent them packing.

A controversial call, four overs before the rain set in, changed the narrative of the match. 

Richie Berrington was given out lbw four overs before rain stopped play. Replays showed the ball missing the stumps, but the decision review system is not being used at the qualifying tournament.

If Berrington was still in and Scotland had lost just four wickets, they would have won on the DLS method.

The result meant Jason Holder's side qualified for the final of the World Cup qualifiers and with it the tournament proper, while Scotland miss out having suffered their second successive defeat of the Super Six stage.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer was disappointed with the overall outcome.

"There are a couple of decisions that have hurt us in the last two games, and obviously another one [Berrington's lbw decision] didn't go our way today.

"Our seam bowling has been exceptional. It's been up there with the top quality in this tournament. Credit to West Indies for getting through, but I've got to give a lot of well dones and thanks to our boys."

The ICC is yet to comment on the decision.