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Amjad Ali leads with the bat as UAE defeats Netherlands

PNG overcomes Hong Kong despite Irfan Ahmed’s six-wicket haul; Kenya secures victory over Nepal, Scotland defeats Namibia, Uganda overcomes Canada

Amjad Ali leads with the bat as UAE defeats Netherlands - Cricket News
United Arab Emirates' cricketer Amjad Ali hit 70 off 86 balls, helping UAE post a six-wicket win over Netherlands.

A fine 70 off 86 balls from wicketkeeper-batsman Amjad Ali saw the United Arab Emirates (UAE) record a six-wicket victory over the Netherlands as the two top ranked teams of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ) locked horns on the second and final day of warm up matches.

After dismissing the Netherlands for 189 in 47.2 overs, Amjad Ali added 88 runs with Salman Faris (34) and Swapnil Patil (26 not out) helping the side reach its target with nine overs to spare.

Earlier, Tim Gruijters (58 not out) was the main contributor with the bat, though the Netherlands was unable to build on meaningful partnerships. Ahsan Malik (30) and captain Peter Borren (28) added valuable runs, while, for the UAE, Amjad Javed took three wickets for 23 runs, and Ahmed Raza and Manjula Guruge took two wickets apiece.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) overcame a six-wicket haul from medium-fast bowler Irfan Ahmed to defeat Hong Kong by 42 runs at Burwood Park, Christchurch.  The twenty-four year old claimed six for 27 runs, but Mahuru Dai (39), Norman Vanua (37), Tony Ura (29) and Assad Vala (29) lifted the PNG innings to a total of 205 all out in 45 overs.

In reply, Raymond Haoda (five for 29) and Norman Vanua (three for 35) helped dismiss Hong Kong for 163 in 40 overs ,with Haseeb Amjad (64) and  Babar Hayat (30) making the main contributions.

In other matches of the day, Kenya defeated Nepal by one wicket at St Andrew’s College, Christchurch.  The side overhauled Nepal’s total of 265 for eight with one ball and one wicket to spare, reaching 269 for nine following half centuries from Maurice Ouma (73) and Thomas Odoyo (66). 

Scotland recorded a 63-run victory over Namibia at Christ’s College, Christchurch, with Calum MacLeod (71) and Matt Machan (48) leading with the bat to lead the side to 275 for eight.  Gerrie Snyman (73) and Jaen Kotze (43) were the leading run-scorers in the Namibia reply, but the side was dismissed for 212 in the final over. 

Uganda defeated Canada by 71 runs at Bay Oval 2, Mount Maunganui, with an 84-ball 79 by Hamza Saleh helping the side to 245 for nine before dismissing Canada for 174 runs in 45.2 overs.  Jimmy Hansra (48) Raza-ur-Rehman (47) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (45) were the main contributors with the bat.

Scores in brief:

At Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, North Island

Netherlands 189 all out, 47.2 overs (Tim Gruijters 58 not out, Ahsan Malik 30, Peter Borren 28; Amjad Javed 3-23, Ahmed Raza 2-22, Manjula Guruge 2-38)

UAE 190 for four, 40.2 overs (Amjad Ali 70 retired, Salman Faris 34 retired, Swapnil Patil 26 not out)

Result: UAE won by six wickets

At Bay Oval 2, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, North Island

Uganda 245 for nine, 50 overs (Hamza Saleh 79, Abram Mutyagaba 51 retired hurt, Lawrence Sematimba 27, Roger Mukasa 23;  Khurram Chohan 3-32, Nikhil Dutta 2-37)

Canada 174 all out, 45.2 overs (Ruvindu Gunasekera 45, Jimmy Hansra 48, Raza-ur-Rehman 47; Roger Mukasa 2-13, Davis Karashani Arinaitwe 2-25)

Result: Uganda won by 71 runs

At Christ’s College, Christchurch, South Island

Scotland 275 for eight, 50 overs (Calum MacLeod 71, Matt Machan 48, Matthew Cross 39 not out, Rob Taylor 34, Michael Leask 32; Bernard Scholtz 3-35, Louis Klazinga 2-29)

Namibia 212 all out, 49.2 overs (Gerrie Snyman 73, JP Kotze 43, JJ Smit 27, Sarel Burger 23; Rob Taylor 4-41, Gordon Goudie 3-42)

Result: Scotland won by 63 runs

At St Andrew’s College, Christchurch, South Island

Nepal 265 for eight, 50 overs (Anil Mandal 62; Binod Bhandari 48, Pradeep Airee 42; Elijah Otieno 2-40, Nehemiah Odhiambo 2-52)

Kenya 269 for nine, 49.5 overs (Maurice Ouma 73, Thomas Odoyo 66, Irfan Karim 44, Steve Tikolo 29; Shakti Gauchan 4-28, Sagar Pun 3-39)

Result: Kenya won by one wicket

At Burwood Park, Christchurch, South Island

PNG 205 all out, 45 overs (Mahuru Dai 39, Norman Vanua 37, Tony Ura 29, Assad Vala 29; Irfan Ahmed  6-27, Haseeb Amjad 3-16)

Hong Kong 163 all out, 40 overs (Haseeb Amjad 64, Babar Hayat 30; Raymond Haoda 5-29, Norman Vanua 3-35)

Result: PNG won by 42 runs

Tournament schedule (matches start at 1030 local time)

Sunday 12 January

Travel day

Monday 13 January

The Netherlands v Uganda, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, North Island

Kenya v PNG, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, North Island

UAE v Nepal, Rangiora Oval, Christchurch, South Island

Scotland v Hong Kong, Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown, South Island

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