The UAE will now join the Windies, Ireland, the Netherlands and PNG in group A at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, whilst Nepal will take the remaining spot in group B alongside Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland and Zimbabwe.
The UAE won the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 by defeating Nepal by seven runs in an exciting end to a thrilling tournament in Windhoek. After the celebrations of yesterday’s matches it was back to business today. The UAE batting order all played their part, but Ashfaq Ahmed’s century (114, 123b, 10x4, 3x6) was the stand out batting performance. Captain Rohan Mustafa (51), Rameez Shahzad (41 not out) and Shaiman Anwar (40) all chipped in with important runs. Sandeep Lamichhane (1-39) was once again the stand out bowler for the Nepalese. The UAE finished their innings on 270 for eight after their 50 overs.
In reply Nepal had their own century maker, captain Paras Khadka (112*, 103b, 3x4, 8x6) who almost led Nepal over the line again in another close match. His heroics -who earned him the title of most runs in the tournament at 241 runs- supported by Dipendra Airee (35) and Sharad Vesawkar (30) were not quite enough as they fell eight runs short from victory. The UAE’s Amir Hayat was the stand out bowler taking four wickets for 53 runs. Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane for his 17 wickets for 176 runs in the tournament was awarded the Player of the Tournament.
Canada v Namibia
Canada secured third place by defeating Namibia by 49 runs at WAP. Canada batting first can thank the 140 run partnership – the highest of the tournament- of Nicholas Kirton (73, 111b, 4x4, 1x6) and Navneet Dhaliwal (78, 84b, 4x4, 2x6) for getting to 247 for four in 50 overs. Nitish Kumar (33), Srimantha Wijeratne (28) and Hamza Tariq (23) all chipped in with important runs. Namibia’s Petrus Burger who took two wickets for 28 runs was the pick of the bowlers.
Namibia’s batters all got starts with only LP van der Westhuizen (53, 54b, 5x4, 2x6) going on to get a half century. Gerhard Erasmus innings of 42 runs and Stephan Baard (29) was not enough to chase down Canada’s target. Canada’s Saad Bin Zafar 3 wickets for 40 runs did the damage as the North American side won by 49 runs and secured third place.
Oman v Kenya
Kenya who had lost every match in the tournament before today, batted first and posted 253 runs in 49.5 overs. Dhiren Gondaria (68, 49b, 3x4, 5x6) and Shem Ngoche (66, 68b, 5x4, 3x6) who both put in good performances, would have put the African team into a confident mood. Nelson Odhiambo then also contributed with 42 runs, but it was Oman’s Bilal Khan who took five for 40 as the stand out bowling performance which helped Oman secure fifth place.
Oman’s reply centered on one batter Khawar Ali his 112 runs (142b, 11x4) not out led Oman to victory by five wickets. VS Wategaonkar 67 and Zeeshan Maqsood (33) chipped in runs, as Dhiren Gondaria was the pick of the Kenyan bowlers with two wickets for 17 runs. It wasn’t enough for Kenya as it completed a miserable week for the African team who went home without a win under their belt.
Scores in brief
UAE beat Nepal by 7 runs at Wanderers
UAE 277-4, 50 overs (Ashfaq Ahmed 114, Rohan Mustafa 51; Sandeep Lamichhane 1-39)
Nepal 270-8, 50 overs (Paras Khadka 112 not out, Dipendra Airee 35; Amir Hayat 4-53)
Canada beat Namibia by 49 runs at WAP
Canada 247-4. 50 overs (Navneet Dhaliwal 78 not out, Nicholas Kirton 73 not out; Petrus Burger 2-28)
Namibia 198 all out, 47.5 overs (LP Van der Westhuizen, Gerhard Erasmus 42; Saad Bin Zafar 3-40)
Oman beat Kenya by 5 wickets at Trustco UNITED
Kenya 253 all out, 49.5 overs (D Gondaria 68, S Ngoche 66; Bilal Khan 5-40)
Oman 257-5, 47 overs (Khawar Ali 112 not out, V Wategaonkar 67; Dhiren Gondaria 2-17)
Final standings at ICC World Cricket League Division 2
Winner – UAE
Runner-up – Nepal
3rd - Canada
4th - Namibia
5th - Oman
Player of the Tournament
Sandeep Lamicchane - Nepal