- UAE beat Kenya; Oman lose to Canada; Nepal overcome Namibia in last over thriller
- The top two teams from ICC World Cricket League Division 2 to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
The United Arab Emirates started ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in fine style defeating Kenya by a huge 218 runs, as the battle for the top two spots to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier got underway in Namibia.
In the other matches on Thursday, Canada heavily beat Oman by eight wickets, while Nepal overcame hosts Namibia by one wicket with four balls remaining.
UAE v Kenya
The UAE produced a fantastic performance scoring 309 for eight batting first at Wanderers against Kenya. Rohan Mustafa (73, 94b, 10x4) and Ashfaq Ahmed (73, 57b, 7x4, 4x6) put on 133 runs for the first wicket to put UAE in a strong position. Top scorer Rameez Shahzad added 63 runs from 85 balls, before a late flurry from Muhammad Usman (46, 38b, 4x4, 2x6) helped UAE to sizeable target. Nelson Odhiambo (2-33) and Collins Obuya (2-20) took two wickets each for Kenya.
In reply, Kenya lost wickets regularly throughout their innings and never made it into three figures, bowled out for 91 runs in 32.4 overs. The wickets were shared amongst the UAE bowlers with two wickets apiece for Mohammad Naveed (2-26), Ahmed Raza (2-18), Rohan Mustafa (2-23) and Zahoor Khan (2-10). The top scorer for Kenya was Rushab Patel with 17 runs.
Canada v Oman
Canada also performed impressively on the first day of competition, bowling out Oman in 27.4 overs for 106 runs. Satsimranjit Dhindsa took important wickets at the top of the Oman batting order, he finished with figures of two for 19 runs. Nikhil Dutta swept through the lower order with figures of 3 for 11 runs. Oman’s Aqib Illyas was the stand out batting performance with 46 runs.
The partnership between Ruvindu Gunasekera (46, 34b, 4x4, 4x6) and captain Nitish Kumar (53, 41b, 4x4, 3x6) led the North American side to victory in just 15.4 overs losing only two wickets with a very convincing opening day victory.
It was a thrilling start on Day 1 of the #WCL2 in Namibia!— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2018
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🇨🇦 beat 🇴🇲 by 8 wickets
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Nepal v Namibia
In an exciting close finish at WAP, Nepal beat Namibia by one wicket with four balls remaining in a low scoring match. Namibia batted first scoring 138 runs in 34.2 overs. Nepal’s 17-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane who has been making a name for himself in world cricket ripped through the African sides batting order. He took four wickets for 18 runs in 8.2 overs. Namibia’s Craig Williams put up a fight scoring 41 runs from 34 balls and got Namibia to a defendable total.
Nepal’s reply had lots of batting starts, Sharad Vesawkar (29) and Paras Khadka (19) without anyone making a big score. Namibia’s Bernard Scholtz took four wickets for 11 runs in nine overs, but it wasn’t enough as Nepal secured victory.
Scores in brief
UAE beat Kenya by 218 runs at Wanderers
UAE 309-8, 50 overs (Rohan Mustafa 73, Ashfaq Ahmed 73; Collins Obuya 2-20)
Kenya 91 all out, 32.4 overs (R Patel 17; Zahoor Khan 2-10, Ahmed Raza 2-18)
Nepal beat Namibia by at WAP
Namibia 138 all out, 34.2 overs (Craig Williams 41, Jan Frylinck 22; Sandeep Lamichhane 4-18)
Nepal 139-9, 49.2 overs (S Vesawkar 29, B Regmi 24; Bernard Scholtz 4-11)
Canada beat Oman by eight wickets at Trustco UNITED
Oman 106 all out, 27.4 overs (Aqib Iilyas 46, Zeeshan Maqsood 22; Nikhil Dutta 3-11)
Canada 108-2, 15.4 overs (Nitish Kumar 53, R Gunasekera 46; Zeeshan Maqsood 1-13)
9 February: UAE v Canada (Wanderers); Nepal v Oman (WAP); Kenya v Namibia (Trustco UNITED)
10 February: Rest/Reserve
11 February: Namibia v Oman (Wanderers); Kenya v Canada (WAP); UAE v Nepal (Trustco UNITED)
12 February: Kenya v Nepal (Wanderers); UAE v Oman (WAP); Namibia v Canada (Trustco UNITED)
13 February: Rest/Reserve
14 February: Nepal v Canada (Wanderers); UAE v Namibia (WAP); Kenya v Oman (Trustco UNITED)
15 February: Final (Wanderers); 3rd v 4th Playoff (WAP); 5th v 6th Playoff (Trustco UNITED)
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