10 January 201414:55

Nitish Kumar century sees Canada shock the Netherlands

Irfan Karim ton in vain as Hong Kong narrowly defeats Kenya; Victories for top seed UAE, Scotland and Namibia

Nitish Kumar century sees Canada shock the Netherlands - Cricket News

Canada's Nitish Kumar's knock of 107 came off 126 balls with five fours and two sixes.

A century from Canada opener Nitish Kumar saw Canada shock the Netherlands with a 39-run victory at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, on day one of warm up matches for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ).

Kumar’s knock of 107 came off 126 balls (5x4, 2x6), with fellow opener Ruvindu Gunasekera contributing 49 runs. A batting collapse saw Canada lose three wickets for six runs in less than three overs, but the side recovered to post 212 in 49.3 overs.

Netherlands’ fast bowler Mudassar Bukhari claimed four wickets for 44 runs.

In response, Netherlands was dismissed for 173 inside 43 overs, with Stephan Myburgh (40) and Mudassar Bukhari (39 not out) top scoring in the run chase. Canada’s Jimmy Hansra claimed three for 17.

In one of three matches played in Christchurch, Hong Kong recorded a two-run victory over Kenya at Christ’s College despite an unbeaten knock of 130 from Kenya opener Irfan Karim. The side posted 242 for nine following 69 from Mark Chapman, while Babar Hayat added a quick-fire 46. For Kenya, Elijah Otieno and Ragheb Aga took two wickets apiece.

Kenya’s response started slowly, with Karim setting the pace, striking nine fours and one six on the way to 130 not out. Rakep Patel added 49 runs, but the side was not able to maintain the required run rate, and reached 240 from its 50 overs with four wickets in hand. Irfan Ahmed was the key wicket-taker for Hong Kong, claiming three for 32.

In other matches of the day, the UAE defeated Uganda by 73 runs at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, after posting a commanding total of 280 from its 50 overs. Half centuries by Shaiman Anwar (59) and skipper Khurram Khan (56 retired) were the corner stone of the innings. In response, Uganda posted 207 for five to fall 73 runs short of victory. Abram Ndhlovu Mutyagaba top scored with 76 (retired).

Half centuries from Matt Machan and Calum MacLeod saw Scotland record a seven wicket victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG) at St Andrew’s College.

Safyaan Sharif and (four for 24) and Rob Taylor (four for 26) took four wickets apiece to dismiss the East Asia-Pacific side for 171 inside 48 overs, before MacLeod (57 from 52 balls) and Machan (67 from 45 balls) chased down the target with 22 overs to spare.

Namibia recorded a four run victory over Nepal at Burwood Park, Christchurch, with Louis Klazinga claiming the wickets of top-scorers Binod Bhandari (65) and Basant Regmi (39) within two overs to dismiss Nepal for 227, after Nicolass Scholtz (79) and Stephan Baard (73) led Namibia to a total of 231 for nine.

Scores in brief:

At Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, North Island

UAE 280 for eight, 50 overs (Shaiman Anwar 59, Khurram Khan 56 retired, Rohan Mustafa 48 retired, Salman Faris 47 retired; Faruk Ochimi 2-37)

Uganda 207 for five, 50 overs (Abram Ndhlovu Mutyagaba 76 retired, Benjamin Musoke 48)

Result: UAE won by 73 runs

At Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, North Island

Canada 212 all out, 49.3 overs (Nitish Kumar 107, Ruvindu Gunasekera 49; Mudassar Bukhari 4-44, Michael Rippon 2-27)

The Netherlands 173 all out, 42.4 overs (Stephan Myburgh 40, Mudassar Bukhari 39 not out; Jimmy Hansra 3-17, Harvir Baidwan 2-27, Jeremy Gordon 2-28)

Result: Canada won by 39 runs

At Christ’s College, Christchurch, South Island

Hong Kong 242 for nine, 50 overs (Mark Chapman 69, Babar Hayat 46; Elijah Otieno 2-33, Ragheb Aga 2-39)

Kenya 240 for six, 50 overs (Irfan Karim 130 not out, Rakep Patel 49; Irfan Ahmed 3-32, Nadeem Ahmed 2-50)

Result: Hong Kong won by two runs

At St Andrew’s College, Christchurch, South Island

PNG 171 all out, 47.2 overs (Mahuru Dai 43, Chris Amini 35 not out; Safyaan Sharif 4-24, Rob Taylor 4-26)

Scotland 174 for 3, 27.1 overs (Matt Machan 67, Calum MacLeod 57)

Result: Scotland won by seven wickets

At Burwood Park, Christchurch, South Island

Namibia 231 for nine, 50 overs (Nicolass Scholtz 79, Stephan Baard 73; Sompal Kami 4-36, Basant Regmi 2-44)

Nepal 227 for nine, 50 overs (Binodi Bhandari 65, Basant Regmi 39; JJ Smit 3-37, Chrsti Viljoen 2-38, Louis Klazinga 2-53)

Result: Namibia won by four runs

Fixtures for Saturday 11 January

UAE v The Netherlands, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, North Island

Canada v Uganda, Bay Oval 1, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, North Island

Scotland v Namibia, Christ’s College, Christchurch, South Island

Kenya v Nepal, St Andrew’s College, Christchurch, South Island

PNG v Hong Kong, Burwood Park, Christchurch, South Island