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Malaysia wins second consecutive game

Oman and Singapore earn first points after Sunday’s action at the ICC World Cricket League Division Four

Malaysia wins second consecutive game - Cricket News
Denmark's batsman plays a shot.

The second day of the 2014 season of ICC World Cricket League Division Four in Singapore was meant for chasing as all three results came out in favour of teams batting second. Malaysia secured its second consecutive win and the top spot in the points table, while Oman and Singapore registered their first wins of the tournament on Sunday (June 22).

At the Kallang Ground, Malaysia opted to field after a wet outfield delayed the start and the game had to be reduced to 43 overs a side. Malaysia’s bowlers then used the conditions effectively and restricted Denmark to 171 for 8.

Denmark got off to steady start with 53 runs on the board in 13 overs, but then it failed to get going, with six batsmen going past 20 but no one of them carrying on to get a big one. Freddie Klokker, the opener, top scored with a 41-ball 29. 

Malaysia’s bowlers came up with a collective effort, but Nasir Shafiq, the left-arm medium pacer, stood out with his returns of 2 for 23 in nine overs.

In reply, Malaysia lost Shafiq for just six in the sixth over. Ahmed Faiz then held one end up and remained unbeaten on 68 off 90 balls and anchored the innings. He was well supported by Anwar Arudin (36) first and then Aminuddin Ramly, unbeaten on a 52-ball 51, to take the team home in the 38th over.

Elsewhereat the Padang, Oman came back strongly after a three-wicket loss against Italy with a seven-wicket win over Jersey as it chased down 185 in 33.5 overs.

Zeeshan Siddiqui and Zeeshan Maqsood, the openers, set the tone for the innings as they put together 35 in five overs. Maqsood was the first to fall, his 20-ball 29, which included six fours, ended by Anthony Hawkins-Kay. Vaibhav Wategaonkar soon followed, Cornelis Bodenstein effecting his dismissal. 

Oman, however, carried on, propelled by a third-wicket stand of 125 between Siddiqui and Arif Hussain (61). Siddiqui remained unbeaten on a 105-ball 87, striking nine fours along the way.

Earlier, after opting to bat, Jersey got off to a poor start with Nat Watkins dismissed by Munis Ansari for a duck. After the second-wicket association of 61 between Peter Gough (27) and Ben Stevens (37) ended, Jersey failed to get going and was all out for a paltry score in 49.5 overs.

After six batsmen were dismissed for single digit scores, Jonty Jenner held one end up and scored a brisk 54-ball 55 to give the score some respectability. However, it proved too little, as Jersey couldn’t avert its second consecutive defeat.

In another rain-truncated match, this one at the Indian Association Ground, Singapore sealed a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Italy. Singapore’s bowlers put up a superb effort to hold Italy down to a modest 173 for 8 in 40 overs, and the batsmen then chased down the target with 5.4 overs to spare.

Opting to bat, Italy had its back against the wall early on, with Amjab Mahboob dismissing both the openers for single-digit scores. At 22 for 2, Damian Crowley (23), the captain, and Alessandro Bonora (30) provided some resistance, adding 43 for the third wicket, but the stand was broken whenMulewa Dharmichand sent back Bonora.

As wickets continued to tumble, Tharindu Fernando (33) and Fida Hussain (44) made useful contributions lower down the order to take the score past 150. Selladore Vijayakumar ended with 2 for 26.

In reply, Singapore lost Chaminda Kumarage for just 11 in the sixth over. However, Andre de Lange, the South Africa-born opener, and Chetan Suryawanshi, the India-born wicketkeeper-batsman, added 153 runs for the second wicket in 29 overs. Suryawanshi missed out on a century, scoring 96 off 81 balls, while de Lange also remained unbeaten on 62.