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Denmark tops table after thrilling win

Jersey registers first win while Singapore overcomes Malaysia on third day of ICC World Cricket League Division Four

Denmark tops table after thrilling win - Cricket News
Aftab Ahmed bowls during the match.

An impressive show from the bowlers helped Denmark clinch a thriller against Oman, while Jersey and Singapore registered wins over Italy and Malaysia respectively on the third day of the 2014 season of the ICC World Cricket League Division Four being played in Singapore.

At the Indian Association Ground on Tuesday (June 24), Oman opted to field after a wet outfield delayed the start and the game had to be reduced to 34-overs-a-side. Oman’s bowlers then used the conditions effectively to bowl Denmark out for 137, but still ended up on the losing side after the batting imploded to lose by 13 runs. 

Denmark got off to a poor start with Amjad Khan dismissed for a duck by Rajeshkumar Ranpura. Freddie Klokker and Michael Pedersen counter-attacked and added 56 for the second wicket before Klokker was dismissed by Amir Ali. Klokker, who top scored for Denmark in its last game against Malaysia, smashed a 37-ball 46, striking four fours and two sixes along the way. However, with the other batsmen failing to get going, Denmark was all out in 33.1 overs.

Oman’s batsmen also found the going tough, and the chase never really took off. With wickets falling at regular intervals, it lost half the side for 88 runs. Zishan Shah (3 for 15) and Amjad (2 for 20) were the bowling stars, and Oman lost its last five wicket for 36 runs in 10.1 overs to be all out for 124. Aftab Ahmed also chipped in with two wickets. 

With this win, Denmark moved to the top of the table with four points, ahead of Singapore and Malaysia on the basis of net run-rate. 

Elsewhere, in another rain-truncated match at the Kallang Ground, Jersey came back strongly after two consecutive losses with a three-wicket win over Italy, chasing down 148 in 37 overs.

Asked to bat, Italy’s batsmen got starts but no one carried on to get a big one in the 40-overs-a-side match. Damian Crowley, the South Africa-born right-hand batsman, anchored the innings with a 74-ball 44, while Nat Watking was impressive with the ball and returned figures of 2 for 24. Charles Perchard and Ben Stevens also chipped in with two wickets each as Italy were kept to 147 for 9.

Chasing a modest total, Peter Gough, the Jersey captain, carried the chase on his shoulders, scoring 61 off 92 balls before being dismissed by Carl Sandri, the Australia-born offspinner, in the 30th over with the score 123 for 3. 

With 25 runs to win, a mini collapse threatened Jersey’s chances but Andy Dewhurst (8) and Sam Dewhurst (7 not out) ensured they crossed the line. Gayashan Munasinghe, the right-arm medium pacer, picked up two wickets for 26 runs. Sandri also picked up two wickets, giving up 37 runs in his eight overs.

Over at The Padang, Malaysia lost its first match of the tournament, going down by 48 runs against Singapore after opting to field.

Singapore had put up 208 for 9, but Malaysia was all out for 160 in just 44 overs. Nasir Shafiq continued his good run, and waged a lone battle while scoring a 122-ball 69, as the other batsmen didn’t provide adequate support. He added 66 runs for the seventh wicket with Suharril Fetri (43 not out) but with no other significant partnerships, Malaysia fell well short.

Abhiraj Singh, the India-born left-arm spinner, picked up three wickets for 25 runs and was well supported by Chaminda Ruwan (2 for 10) and Mulewa Dharmichand (2 for 28).

Earlier, Rezza Gaznavi (44) and Christopher Janik (49) offered some resistance and a 76-run fourth wicket stand between the duo propelled Singapore after it was reduced to 71 for 3 in 25.1 overs. Six batsmen got starts, but no one could carry on and make a huge score, as Singapore wasn’t allowed to break free. However, the target of 209 proved enough to thwart Malaysia’s challenge.