Uganda also among victors on first day of ICC World Cricket League Division 3 matches
Singapore, Uganda and United States of America got off to winning starts on the first day of the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament being held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (October 23).
A collective effort from the USA bowlers, who made the most of the conditions at the Bayumas Oval in Selangor, saw Bermuda bowled out for 106 in just 26.5 overs after choosing to field first. Bermuda's batsmen never got on top of the bowlers, with as many as eight registering single-digit scores. Allan Douglas, who made a 35-ball 36 was the innings' top-scorer, but apart from Christian Burgess (24 off 43), no other batsman went past 20.
Jermaine Lawson and Usman Shuja, the new-ball bowlers, picked up three wickets each while Karan Ganesh, the offspinner, chipped in with two wickets for just four runs from three overs. Lawson, the former West Indies pacer, was playing his first match for USA, and began by taking the wicket of Terryn Fray off the first ball of the match.
USA was in some trouble in its reply at 45 for 3, but a fourth-wicket stand of 45 runs between Steve Massiah (31), the captain, and Aditya Thyagarajan (18 not out) helped them canter to a six-wicket win with 28.1 overs to spare.
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Elsewhere at the Selangor Turf Club, Singapore chased down 199 to register a thrilling two-wicket win with just 1.1 overs to spare against Malaysia, Arjun Mutreja starring with the bat with 73 off 115 balls.
Chasing a modest total, Singapore was tottering at 68 for 3 but Mutreja and Christopher Janik (32) collaborated for a 83-run stand for the fourth wicket to help them cross the 150-run mark and inch closer to the victory target. Hassan Muhammad then led Malaysia's fightback, with four wickets - including that of Mutreja - but in the end, Singapore got home in 48.5 overs.
Muhammad ended up with 4 for 15 from 8.2 overs. Earlier, asked to bat, Malaysia looked on course for a big score with Anwar Arudin (51) and Ahmed Faiz (57) collaborating for a 62-run stand for the second wicket, but then lost its way after Arudin was dismissed by Mulewa Dharmichand, the offspinner, in the 22nd over.
Dharmichand then came back to clean up the tail, ending with figures of 3 for 27 from 9.3 overs. Abhiraj Singh also picked up three wickets while Anish Paraam chipped in with two wickets.
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In the Kinrara Academy Oval, Uganda got past Nepal by 20 runs. Batting first, Uganda made 203 for 8 before Davis Arinaitwe (4 for 33) and Roger Mukasa (3 for 28) collaborated to dismantle Nepal for 183, with the duo sharing seven wickets between them.
Nepal kept losing wickets and with batsmen not converting starts, it eventually fell short. Naresh Budayair (62 off 122) held one end strong, but no significant partnerships hurt Nepal’s chances.
Earlier, Uganda got off to a horrific start after being asked to bat, and was soon reduced to 23 for 5. Mpho Mukobe (84 off 102) and Brian Masaba (51 off 81) then resurrected the innings with a 137-run stand for the sixth wicket to take the score to 160.
The lower order batsmen added some valuable runs, and managed to get the team past the 200-run mark, which eventually proved enough to hand Uganda its first win of the tournament.
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Bermuda will take on Nepal while Malaysia will face USA tomorrow. In Friday's third match between Singapore and Uganda, the winner will look to get some momentum with a second consecutive victory.
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