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Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia register wins

All three teams tied on six points, but Denmark stays ahead because of a superior net run-rate

Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia register wins - Cricket News
Freddie Kolkker scored 80 off 100 balls as Denmark registered a 134-run win over Jersey and hold on to is position on top of the table.
Denmark held on to its position on top of the table, with six points, after a dominant 134-run win over Jersey, while Singapore and Malaysia secured narrow wins, by two wickets and six runs over Oman and Italy respectively, on Wednesday (June 25), the fourth day of the ICC World Cricket League Division Four being played in Singapore.
Their narrow wins placed Singapore and Malaysia at par with Denmark on points, but Denmark remained ahead on the basis of a superior net run-rate.
Freddie Klokker, the wicketkeeper, starred with the bat for Denmark after it elected to bat at Singapore Cricket Club in Padang. Klokker anchored the Denmark innings with 80 off 100 balls. He first put on 93 for the opening wicket with Zameer Khan (30) before adding another 56 with Michael Pedersen (32), the captain. However, with Nat Watkins, the left-arm spinner, striking thrice in one over to remove Pedersen, Zishan Shah, and Shehzad Ahmed, Klokker’s job was far from done as he needed to stay on. He hung around for a while, before falling in the 38th over after being trapped in front by Ben Stevens’s left-arm spin. It was then Amjad Khan's 28-ball 32 that got Denmark to a healthy 270 before it was bowled out in 49.5 overs.
Watkins, who finished with 4 for 49 off nine overs, was the pick of the Jersey bowlers.
Peter Gough, the captain, who top-scored with 33, and wicketkeeper Edward Farley got Jersey’s reply off to a decent start, putting on 46 off 8.2 overs. But once Gough departed, caught and bowled by Yasir Iqbal, Jersey could not put together another meaningful partnership and was eventually bowled out for 136 in 39 overs.
Basit Raja, who took 3 for 26 in eight overs, was the best bowler for Denmark, while Aftab Ahmed and Pedersen took two wickets each.
At Indian Association Ground, Shahrulnizam Yusof’s five-wicket haul helped Malaysia pull off a six-run win over Italy. Malaysia put up 240 for 9 after being asked to bat, before Yusof’s 5 for 49 helped it restrict Italy to 234 in 48.3 overs.
Dinidu Marage (27) and Carl Sandri (41) added 42 for the second wicket after Italy lost wicketkeeper Andy Northcote early during the chase. Sandri’s counter-attack – his 41 came off 19 balls and contained two boundaries and four sixes – put Italy back on track. Yusof had Sandri caught to claim his first wicket, after which Alessandro Bonora was left waging a lone battle. He added 82 important runs with Tharindu Fernando (43) for the sixth wicket, but hardly found support otherwise. He was the last man dismissed, when Suharril Fetri had him caught by Yusof for 68 as Malaysia held its nerve in a well-fought encounter.
Earlier, Italy’s bowlers backed their captain’s decision to field and had Malaysia on the mat, reducing it to 64 for 4 in 19.3 overs. Ahmed Faiz, the captain, then came to the fore for his team with a half-century. Faiz added 78 for the fifth wicket with Fetri before he was caught off Vince Pennazza for 51. Fetri departed soon after for 44, after which Aminuddin Ramly (48 off 31 balls) and Shafiq Sharif (34 off 19 balls) got the team to a reasonable total.
Pennazza went on to complete a haul of 4 for 42 off his ten overs, while Damian Crowley was impressive as well, taking 2 for 25 in his ten overs.         
Over at Kallang Ground, Mulewa Dharmichand, the off-spinner, and Chaminda Ruwan, the opener, starred in Singapore’s win over Oman. Dharmichand’s 4 for 21 in ten overs helped the host, which elected to field first, restrict Oman to 186 for 8. Ruwan then held his nerve with an unbeaten 81 to take his team across the line in 45.4 overs.
Oman lost Zeeshan Maqsood in the second over, following which Zeeshan Siddiqui (28) and Jatinder Singh (37) added 54 for the second wicket. Once the duo departed, Amir Ali’s unbeaten half-century, off 51 balls, was the only noteworthy contribution as Oman was restricted to a very modest total.
Dharmichand found good support from Selladore Vijayakumar, whose quota of ten overs fetched him an impressive 2 for 23, and Christopher Janik, who took 2 for 32 in six overs.
Singapore’s chase got off to a steady start, with Andre de Lange (37) putting on 66 in 15.3 overs for the opening wicket with Ruwan. Oman’s bowlers, though, refused to accept defeat and fought back hard, making regular inroads. Janik (21) and Kshitij Shinde (15) chipped in with brief contributions, but Singapore’s chase was otherwise a one-man show.
Ajay Lalcheta bowled a superb spell of left-arm spin that might have won his team the match on any other day, picking up 5 for 20 in ten overs, while Aamir Kaleem’s nine overs fetched him 2 for 42.     

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