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Afghanistan and UAE fall to defeat in Australia

Afghanistan and UAE had their moments against West Australia and South Australia respectively but ultimately came up short today in Perth and Darwin

Afghanistan and UAE fall to defeat in Australia - Cricket News
Afghanistan played itself out of the game by losing wickets regularly.
Western Australia XI and South Australia recorded comprehensive victories over Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates respectively in the ICC High Performance Programme Tour of Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday (September 23).

At the WACA ground in Perth, Tom Beaton’s 106-ball 87 piloted Western Australia to 235 in 49.1 overs. In reply, Afghanistan paid the price for losing wickets at regular intervals, the lack of substantial partnerships contributing to it being bowled out for 142 and losing by 93 runs.

Opting to bat, Western Australia got off to a steady start with John Rogers and Marcus Harris sharing an opening stand of 49. But both were dismissed in the span of two overs, which brought Beaton to the crease. The right-hander took control of the innings and notched up a crafty half-century, sharing partnerships across the order.  

The highest stand of the innings was 71 for the seventh wicket between Beaton and Nathan Rimmington. With Sharafuddin Ashraf picking up three wickets and Mohammad Nabi two, Afghanistan managed to restrict WA to a reasonable total. 

Afghanistan lost its way early in the chase after opener Nawroz Mangal edged Rimmington to wicket-keeper Christian Smith. It then played itself out of the game by losing wickets regularly. The stranglehold of the Western Australian bowlers is best illustrated by the fact that Asghar Stanikzai's 23 was the highest contribution of the innings.

The wickets were shared around by Western Australia’s bowlers, David Moody and Rimmington picking up two apiece.

At the Marrara Cricket Ground in Darwin, half-centuries from Travis Head and Tim Ludeman took South Australia to 271 for 8 in 50 overs after it was put in. UAE was bowled out for 168 in 45 overs owing to three-wicket hauls from both Kane Richardson and Daniel Worrall.

After Mohammad Naveed dismissed Mark Cosgrove off the first ball of the innings, Head took charge of the South Australian innings. But UAE fought back well to reduce South Australia to 110 for 5 in the 22nd over.  

After Head was dismissed for a skillful 71-ball 67, wicket-keeper Tim Ludeman (69 off 80) shared significant partnerships with the lower to power his team to a competitive target.

After a dynamic 62-run stand between Mohammad Shahzad and Andri Berenger for the second wicket, Worrall instigated a collapse of sorts. UAE was reduced from 78 for 3 to 99 for 8.

Saqlain Haider and Saqib Ali shared a late 46-run stand for the eighth wicket, but too much was left to be done. UAE was eventually bowled out with five overs to spare, giving South Australia a 103-run victory.

 
To see the scorecard and review the Western Australia XI v Afghanistan match in full please click here

To see the scorecard and review the South Australia v UAE match in full please click here.
 

Upcoming fixtures:

UAE: 

September 25: South Australia v UAE

Afghanistan:

September 26 - NSW 2nd XI v Afghanistan
September 28 - NSW 2nd XI v Afghanistan
October 2 - Auckland v Afghanistan
October 4 - Auckland v Afghanistan
October 7 - Northern Districts v Afghanistan
October 9 - Northern Districts v Afghanistan

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