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Namibia and Netherlands take top two positions in enthralling day

Both teams qualify for ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship

Namibia and Netherlands take top two positions in enthralling day - Cricket News
Ahsan Malik collects his Player of the Match award after taking five wickets
Netherlands stun Uganda; Kenya defeat Nepal by five wickets; Namibia win to take top spot
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It was a tense and exciting penultimate day at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 as Namibia and Netherlands secured the top two positions. Namibia secured an eight-wicket win over Canada, Netherlands downed Uganda by seven wickets and Kenya recorded a five-wicket victory over Nepal.
This means that, irrespective of the outcome of the final, which will be contested at Wanderers on Saturday, Namibia and Netherlands will play in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship. In contrast, Canada and Uganda have been relegated to Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3.
With four teams battling it out for the top two positions, Netherlands produced a stunning performance against Uganda to secure second position. It bowled out the African side for a paltry 79 in 23.4 overs and chased down the target in only 6.3 overs at Wanderers. Needing victory and by a big margin, the outstanding individual performance was produced by Ahsan Malik who took five wickets for seven runs in 6.4 overs including three maidens.
Uganda’s innings never really got started with the only contributions from Brian Masaba (17) and Arthur Kyobe (15), as Mudassar Bukhari (two for 25) and Vivian Kingma (two for 21) shared the remaining Uganda wickets.
The Netherlands knew it had to improve its net run-rate if it was to be in with a chance of fighting for one of the top two positions, and it most certainly did that. Stephan Myburg (14, one four, one six) and Mudassar Bukhari (12 not out, one four, one six) helped the Dutch reach the total. Captain Peter Borren scored a quick-fire 29 runs from 16 balls including four sixes and was accompanied by wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi 20 runs from seven balls, including three fours and one six to get the winning runs in just 6.3 overs.
Elsewhere, at United, Canada got off to a quick start with  Rizwan Cheema (28, seven fours), Nitish Kumar (43, three fours) and Srimantha Wijeratne (52, four fours) contributing runs.
Namibia’s Craig Williams was the stand out bowler of the day, taking six wickets for 37 runs in 10 overs as Canada was bowled out for 224 in 50 overs. Satsimranjit Dhindsa scored 43 runs down the order, including two fours and one six; which allowed the North Americans to reach the final total which at one stage looked impossible following a middle-order collapse.
Namibia knew it had to win the game to confirm one of the top two places and it did so with some impressive batting.
Openers Stephen Baard (79, eight fours, one six) and Gerrie Synman (83, eight fours, two sixes) took Namibia to 133 before the first wicket fell. Merwe Erasmus (37 not out) and Raymond Van Schoor (15 not out) batted the Namibians to victory in 40.3 overs, winning by eight wickets and securing top spot going into the final.
In the day’s other match at Wanderers Affies, Nepal fighting for one of the top positions started the day in second position were in trouble early on being 18 for three after 7.3 overs, before the middle order fought back. Captain Paras Khadka (20) and Sharad Vesawkar (18) helped the scoreboard tick over, but the main run scorer was Gyanedra Malla who scored 91 runs not out from 116 balls including seven fours. The pick of the bowlers was Elijah Asoyo (3-47), before Nepal finished on 194 all out in 49.5 overs.
Kenya spoiled the Nepalese party with three innings contributing to a five-wicket victory. Opener Alex Auma (45, four fours, one six), player of the match Irfan Karim (75 not out, eight fours) and captain Rakep Patel (56, five fours, two sixes) chased down the victory with relative ease in 35 overs; with a rematch on Saturdayin third versus fourth place play-off.
Namibia and Netherlands will now face each other in the final, Kenya will face Nepal in the play-off for third and fourth, and Canada and Uganda will compete in the fifth and sixth place play-off.
Points table as at Friday, 23 January:
Namibia 5 4 0 0 1 8 +1.025  
Netherlands 5 3 0 0 2 6 +0.642  
Nepal 5 3 0 0 2 6 +0.388  
Kenya 5 2 0 0 3 4 -0.197  
Canada 5 2 0 0 3 4 -0.317  
Uganda 5 1 0 0 4 2 -1.599  
Scores in brief:
At Wanderers
Uganda 79 all out, 23.4 overs (B Masaba 17; AS Kyobe 15; A Malik 5-7)
Netherlands 80 for three, 6.3 overs (P Borren 29; W Barresi 20; J Sebanga 2-42)
Netherlands won by 7 wickets
Player of the Match: A Malik (Netherlands)
At United
Canada 224 all out, 50 overs (SA Wijeratne 52, NR Kumar 43, SS Dhindsa 43 not out; CG Williams 6-37)
Namibia 225 for two, 40.3 overs (G Synman 83, SJ Baard 79; N Dutta 1-37)
Namibia won by 8 wickets
Player of the Match: Craig Williams (Namibia)
At Wanderers Affies
Nepal 194 all out, 49.5 overs (G Malla 91 not out, P Khadka 20; E Asoyo 3-47)
Kenya 195 for five, 35 overs (I Karim 75 not out, R Patel 56; KC Karan 1-34)
Kenya won by 5 wickets
Player of the Match: Irfan Karim (Kenya)
Saturday’s Fixtures:
At Wanderers: Final- Namibia v Netherlands
At United: 3rd v 4th Playoff- Kenya v Nepal
At Wanderers Affies: 5th v 6th Playoff- Canada v Uganda
All matches are scheduled to start at 0930 local time

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