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UAE thump Namibia again to move into 2nd position

Shaiman Anwar's 57 helps hosts topple Netherlands on Championship table
United Arab Emirates handed Namibia a crushing 135-run defeat in the World Cricket League match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday (September 29), to knock Netherlands off second position in the table.

Requiring a clean sweep of the double-header against the Namibians to keep hopes alive for automatic qualification for the Cricket World Cup 2015, the hosts put up a total of 215 in its 50 overs after being sent in to bat. Shaiman Anwar, who starred in the previous match with a cautious 54, continued his good form, adding 57 off 75 balls. Christi Viljoen troubled the Emirati middle order, picking up four wickets for 40 runs, well complemented by Stephan Baard, the medium pacer, who took two for 29 in his nine overs. Rohan Mustafa batted with the tail enders, scoring 39 runs to take UAE to a respectable total.

After the horrors of the last match between the two sides, where Namibia was dismissed for a mere 39, the tourists did not show much improvement, as its innings folded for 80 runs in 31.3 overs. Xander Pitchers, the opener, top scored with 29, as the remaining batsmen failed to make any impact. Mustafa returned impressive figures of three for eight in seven overs, while Khurram Khan, off-spinner Nasir Aziz and Shadeep Silva all picked up two wickets each.

UAE, which has won one match more than Netherlands, move to the second position ahead of the Dutch and will now have to wait for the result of the two matches between Afghanistan and Kenya on Wednesday (October 2) and Friday (October 4) to know their fate. Afghanistan, currently placed fourth on the table, will pip UAE to second place, and automatic qualification for Cricket World Cup 2015, only if it is able to win both its matches against Kenya at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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