With the Netherlands already winning the trophy and achieving the 13th position in the ODI League and all ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 positions secured on Wednesday, the final round seven matches focused on confirming final positions.
Namibia's bowlers threw everything to try and defend the small total, but were simply short of runs in the end. Sarel Burger (2-23) bowled economically and dismissed Max O'Dowd (5) and Wesley Barresi (32). Craig Williams (2-34) chipped in with wickets of Ben Cooper (26) and Peter Borren (9).
Netherlands seemed uncomfortable at 105 runs for five wickets, but Ryan ten Doeschate (65) ensured victory, alongside Roelof van der Merwe who provided him support at the other end with a 26-ball 17 not out.
The Netherlands Player of the Match Vivian Kingma said:
“Taking six wickets are my best bowling figures for the Netherlands, and taking the hat-trick was fantastic and a great achievement. We worked very hard for a long time to achieve this and I am very happy with boys.”
Scotland completed a convincing win over Kenya by 161 runs, as the European team finished in second place and Kenya fifth.
The captain Kyle Coetzer innings of 121 runs including ten fours and two sixes was the standout batting performance as Scotland made 266 runs for eight wickets in its 50 overs. Coetzer and Craig Wallace added 87 runs for the fifth-wicket after early wickets had fallen. Wallace fell on 49 runs, before Michael Leask added 23 runs from 11 balls.
Safyaan Sharif (2-20) gave Scotland the breakthrough in the first over of Kenya’s reply, before Alasdair Evans (2-18) chipped away and Sole who finished with figures of four wickets for 24 runs made the difference. Dhiren Gondaria (38) offered a spark of resistance, but Kenya were bowled out for 105 runs.
Anshy Rath starred with a century as Hong Kong overcame a fighting Papua New Guinea for a 93-run victory at the ICC Academy.
Rath’s unbeaten 143 runs off 137 balls with nine fours and two sixes was the performance of the Hong Kong innings. Babar Hayat’s 89 runs off 80 balls supported the opener as Hong Kong put themselves in a strong position of 323 runs for four wickets in 50 overs.
In reply, Kiplin Doriga 89 runs from 90 balls with three sixes and six fours and a cameo from the number ten Alie Nao (46) rescued PNG from a precarious 90 runs for six wickets, and gave it a glimmer of hope, but it was not to be, as the team was bowled out for 230 runs in 42.2 overs. Nawaz finished with figures of four wickets for 54 runs as Hong Kong finished the competition in third place and Papua New Guinea in fourth place.
The United Arab Emirates recorded a 63-run victory over Nepal match at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Put into bat, the United Arab Emirates did not have the greatest of starts after Sompal Kami five wickets for 27 runs, left the hosts on 24 runs for four wickets. Kami dismissed Rohan Mustafa (8), Dilip Nath (4), Ghulam Shabber (0) and Rameez Shahzad (3) within the first 14 overs.
Adnan Mufti changed the course of the game as he made his way to an 89-ball 104 runs. Not just did he score more than 50 percent of the runs for the UAE, but his crucial 80-run partnership with Mohammad Boota (37) ensured that his side would end with a modest total of 195 runs all out on the board.
In the chase, opener Gyanendra Malla (42 runs from 90 balls) top-scored for Nepal but no batsman could convert starts into substantial knocks. Amjad Javed (3-23), the medium pacer, set the tone by dismissing Dilip Nath (0) and Sharad Vesawkar (13) early.
Sagar Pun (21) and Binod Bhadari (25) got off to starts but were unable to convert them to big scores and take their team across the line. When Malla became the fifth wicket to fall, Nepal’s chances diminished and they were all out for 132 runs in 42.2 overs. United Arab Emirates finished in sixth place and Nepal finished in seventh.
The eight confirmed teams to compete in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 that will be played in Zimbabwe from 2 to 25 March, are Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, the Windies and Zimbabwe.
Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 2018 from 8 to 15 February to compete for the final two ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier spots.
Netherlands beat Namibia by 5 wickets at ICC Academy 2
Namibia 181 all out, 36.4 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 81; Vivian Kingma 6-39)
Netherlands 182-5, 41.1 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 65 not out, Wesley Barresi 32; Sarel Burger 2-23)
Scotland beat Kenya by 161 runs at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Scotland 266-8, 50 overs (Kyle Coetzer 121, C Wallace 49; E Ringera 3-60)
Kenya 105 all out, 33.2 overs (D Gondaria 38, S Ngoche 33 not out; C Sole 4,24)
Hong Kong beat Papua New Guinea by 93 runs at ICC Academy 1
Hong Kong 323-4, 50 overs (Anshy Rath 143 not out, Babar Hayat 89; John Reva 2-46)
Papua New Guinea 230 all out, 42.2 overs (Kiplin Doriga 89, Alei Nao 46; Ehsan Nawaz 4-54)
United Arab Emirates beat Nepal 7 wickets at Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates 195, 49.2 overs (Adnan Mufti 104; Sompal Kani 5-27)
Nepal 132 all out, 42.2 overs (G Malla 42, B Bhandari 25 not out; Amjad Javed 3-23)
ICC World Cricket League Championship standings