GEORGE MUNSEY hit a half-century and took three catches as Scotland eased to a convincing victory over the United Arab Emirates in their opening World Twenty20 qualifier.

Munsey's catches helped Scotland bowl the UAE out for 109 in the 19th over at the Grange in Edinburgh and the 22-year-old then hit an unbeaten 62 off 36 balls as Scotland secured a nine-wicket victory at the halfway point of their scheduled 20 overs.

Mark Watt and Michael Leask took three wickets each as Scotland, having won the toss and opted to bowl, produced a steady stream of casualties in the visitors' batting ranks, ripping through the middle order in particular.

Number 10 Mohammad Naveed's top-scoring 19 not out helped the UAE get over the 100 mark, but Richie Berrington ensured their innings would end early when he ran out Manjula Guruge.

If there was any doubt at all about the outcome, Munsey and Kyle Coetzer removed it in the early stages of the Scots' innings, hitting boundaries galore - 21 between them by the end of play - as Scotland reached 95 without loss following seven overs.

Munsey reached 50 off 29 balls before Coetzer was clean-bowled for 39 to allow Calum MacLeod to finish off the job. He took his tally to seven with a two that edged Scotland over the line.