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Yasir Iqbal helps Denmark open with victory

Italy, Malaysia also register wins on the first day of the 2014 season of ICC World Cricket League Division Four

Yasir Iqbal helps Denmark open with victory - Cricket News
Yasir Iqbal scored a 47-ball 54 before taking four wickets as Denmark beat Singapore by 70 runs.
An all-round effort by Yasir Iqbal led Denmark to a dominating 70-run win over Singapore, while Italy and Malaysia registered wins against Oman and Jersey respectively on the opening day of the 2014 season of ICC World Cricket League Division Four in Singapore.
Yasir hit 54 off 47 balls and then took 4 for 29 in eight overs on Saturday (June 21), first taking Denmark to a healthy 268 for 8 after Singapore opted to field at the Kallang Ground, and then restricting the home side to 198 all out in 41.1 overs.
At the Indian Association Ground, Malaysia beat Jersey by three wickets with 14 balls remaining, driven by Nasir Shafiq’s 95, while at the Padang, Italy beat Oman by a similar three-wicket margin, but with only six balls remaining.
Freddie Klokker, the wicketkeeper, did the bulk of the scoring in the first half of Denmark’s innings. He made 61 off 60 before departing in the 22nd over with the team’s score 107. Kamran Mahmood then ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over with a brisk 43-ball 49, and shared a 73-run stand for the seventh wicket off just 59 balls with Yasir, who helped Denmark finish strongly.
Amjad Mahboob and Chetan Suryawanshi, who opened the bowling for Singapore, along with Abhiraj Singh, the India-born left-arm spinner, shared the wickets equally with two apiece, but it was Mahboob who was the most economical of the three, giving up only 44 runs in nine overs. Chrisopher Janik’s leg-breaks fetched him one wicket.  
Singapore lost Andre de Lange in just the second over of the chase. Following the early setback, Chaminda Ruwan (72 off 97) and Suryawanshi (57 off 53) stitched together a 113-run second-wicket partnership to get the team back on track. Once Suryawanshi departed though, the pendulum swung completely in favour of Denmark. But for Amjad Mahboob, Singapore’s No.11, who hit three fours and as many sixes en route to a 20-ball 34, the other batsmen fell for single digit scores.  
Amongst Denmark’s bowlers, Amjad Khan supported Yasir well with 3 for 23 off seven overs, while Bashir Shah, the off-spinner who opened the bowling, returned 2 for 36 in 7.1 overs.
At the Indian Association Ground, left-arm spinner Shahrulnizam Yusof’s 4 for 32 in ten overs helped Malaysia restrict Jersey to 180 for 9 after it had elected to bat. Shafiq’s 104-ball 95 then led the chase, as Malaysia reached the target in 47.4 overs.
Jersey got off to a steady start, with Nat Watkins (33), and Peter Gough (60), the captain, putting on 78 in 22.2 overs for the opening wicket, before a run-out sent Watkins back. Gough departed soon after, caught off Suharril Fetri’s off-spin. Jersey’s innings went downhill from there. It had eight wickets standing with 22.3 overs in hand after Gough’s departure, but could manage only 84 more runs.
Khizar Hayat’s off-breaks fetched him figures of 2 for 39 in ten overs, while Suresh Navaratnam accounted for the wicket of Cornelis Bodenstein.
Malaysia’s chase was a one-man show, with Shafiq the only one standing, even as wickets fell at the other end. Khizar Hayat hit 27 off 49 to be Malaysia’s next highest scorer. Shafiq missed out on a century when he retired hurt in the 41st over, but by the time he left, he had got his team close to a win.
Watkins was the pick of the bowlers for Jersey, returning figures of 3 for 40 in ten overs. Bodenstein’s left-arm medium pace bowling fetched him 2 for 34, while Anthony Hawkins-Kay and Tom Minty had a wicket apiece.  
Over at the Padang, Oman chose to bat, but Italy’s bowlers restricted the score to 212 for 9 in 50 overs. Oman’s bowlers fought hard, but Italy eventually chased the target down in 49 overs, with three wickets in hand.
Zeeshan Siddiqui (36) and Arif Hussain (22) got off to starts for Oman, but could not stay on. Adnan Ilyas tried to steady the innings during the middle overs with  a 57-ball 39, but it was Ajay Lalcheta, the left-arm spinner, who hit an unbeaten 43 off 35 balls with three boundaries and two sixes, who helped the team get to a reasonable total.
Italy’s bowlers came up with a collective effort, but Gayashan Munasinghe, the right-arm medium pacer, stood out with 2 for 21 in eight overs.
Damian Crowley, the captain, led from the front during Italy’s chase, steering the innings with 62 off 93 balls. Crowley added 50 for the second wicket with wicketkeeper Andy Northcote, and held one together after the partnership was broken, even as wickets fell around him. But Vince Pennazza, batting at No.8, smashed 41 not out off just 24 balls to make the difference in the end.
Zeeshan Maqsood had the best figures for Oman, finishing with 2 for 24 in ten economical overs.

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