Namibia posts its second win of the tournament; Canada’s batting line up secures victory
Nepal shocked Netherlands with a two-wicket victory, hosts Namibia secured its second victory against a battling Uganda by 4 wickets, and Canada posted a big target to defeat Kenya by 46 runs on an exciting second day at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2.
At United, Nepal chased down the winning target with three balls remaining scoring 159 for eight after Netherlands had posted 158 all out earlier in the day. Namibia secured victory achieving a 189-run target in 46.2 overs beating Uganda by 4 wickets at Wanderers. Canada’s batters put on a show reaching 257 for six in its 50 overs, defeating Kenya by 46 runs at Wanderers Affies.
Nepal produced a shock on day two taking the match into the last over for the second time in two days, as its game with Netherlands went down to the wire at United. After an impressive start to proceedings on day one, Netherlands got into some early trouble.
Winning the toss and batting first it lost early wickets, with the majority of the batting order not getting past single figures, leaving it on 54 runs for 5 wickets. A 50-run partnership from Stephen Myburg (36) - who had retired hurt, before returning to the middle - and Michael Rippon (53) stabilised the Dutch innings. Mudassar Bukhari added 19 runs late on before the Dutch finished on 158 all out in its 49.5 overs.
Nepal’s reply got off to a shaky start losing two early wickets, the 4th-wicket 34-run partnership between captain Paras Khadka (19) and Binod Bhandari (35) put the Nepalese back on track. With every wicket momentum shifted, Sharad Vesawkar (24 not out) and Shakti Prasad Gauchan (2 not out) were in the middle for the last over requiring three runs from six balls, Nepal was determined not to fall short again and Vesawkar hit the winning runs.
Namibia won its second match of the tournament defeating Uganda by 4 wickets at Wanderers. Uganda put in a good batting performance with the top six contributing 133 runs and wicket-keeper Phillemon Mukobe fell four runs shy of a half century, including five fours and one six. Jonathon Sebanja (26), Brian Masaba (22) and Roger Mukasa (22) all kept the scoreboard ticking over in the middle part of the innings. Patrick Ochan came in down the order putting on another 21 runs on for the Ugandans, finishing on 188 for nine in 50 overs. The pick of the Namibian bowlers was Bjorn Kotze taking three wickets for 34 runs.
The Namibians lost two early wickets in its reply with the openers Stephen Baard (10) and Gerrie Synman (3) leaving the hosts on 22 for two. Merwe Erasmus put Namibia in control with a player of the match performance scoring 62 runs including five fours, Craig Williams (23) and Nicolaas Scholtz (22) supported the 19-year-old in Namibia’s run chase; before Sarel Burger (37 not out) brought the victory home with 22 balls remaining.
Canada achieved a big total on day two of competition, totaling 257 for six in its 50 overs against Kenya at Wanderers Affies.
The Canadians started very positively with a 71-run partnership between Rizwan Cheema (57) and Nitish Kumar (15) and this was backed-up by the 4th wicket, 107-run partnership between captain Amarbir Hansra (43) and Navneet Dhaliwal (93). Dhaliwal was the lynchpin for the Canadian innings which included six fours and four sixes.
Kenya’s reply was valiant with strong batting performances from Irfan Karim (50, five fours) and Collins Obuya (78, seven fours in 111 balls), but fell behind the run rate and its innings tailed off. Narenda Patel contribution of 20 took Kenya to a total of 211 all out in 48 overs, with Canada’s bowlers closing out victory. Parth Desai took an impressive four wickets for 45 runs, leading Canada to a 46 run victory.
Points table as at Sunday, 18 January:
Uganda 188 for nine, 50 overs (P Mukobe 46, J Sebange 26; BL Kotze 3-34)
Namibia 189 for six, 48.5 overs (MG Erasmus, SF Burger 37; H Ssenyondo 2-30)
Namibia won by 4 wickets
Player of the Match: Merwe Erasmus (Namibia)
Netherlands 158 all out, 49.5 overs (M Rippon 53, S Myburgh 36; P Khadka 2-25)
Nepal 159 for eight, 49.3 overs (B Bhandari 35, Sompal Kami 24, S Vesawkar 24*; Mudassar Bukhari 2-26)
Nepal won by 2 wickets
Player of the Match: Michael Rippon (Netherlands)
At Wanderers Affies
Canada 257 for six, 50 overs (NS Dhaliwal 93, Riswan Cheema 57; NM Odhiambo 4-46)
Kenya 211 all out, 48 overs (CO Obuya 78, IA Karim 50; PA Desai 4-45)
Canada won by 46 runs
Player of the Match: Navneet Dhaliwal (Canada)
Monday is a rest/reserve day.
At Wanderers: Nepal v Canada
At United: Kenya v Uganda
At Wanderers Affies: Namibia v Netherlands
All matches are scheduled to start at 0930 local time