Afghanistan Set UAE 252 To Win Crucial WCQ Game

Day five of the ICC World Cup Qualifier in South Africa has reached the halfway stage, with most of the matches evenly poised, with Afghanistan and Uganda, in particular putting in impressive performances.

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At Potchefstroom, Uganda scored a very healthy 298 for five against Oman with Joel Olweny (85) and Nehal Bibodi (54) both making half-centuries. Frank Nsubuga made 48 in 47 balls and Benjamin Musoke smashed an unbeaten 44 in 21 balls at the death as Oman's bowlers all travelled. Hemal Mehta recovered somewwhat by taking three for 55.

Kenya were in ruthless form to restrict Denmark to 173 for eight in their Group B encounter in Potchefstroom. Elijah Otieno (3-51) did the bulk of the damage with the big wickets of Carsten Pedersen (0) and Frederik Klokker (14) and but for 45 from opener Mickey Lund, Denmark would have been lucky to have reached 100. Peter Ongondo, Hiren Varaiya and Steve Tikolo picked up a wicket apiece.

Afghanistan are trying to throw Group B wide open by beating the United Arab Emirates and to do so they must defend their score of 251 for eight. Their innings was set up by a 102-run fourth-wicket partnership between Asghar Stanizai (69) and Nowroz Mangal (46) as they had to make do without the banned Karim Sadiq. Zahd Shah picked up four for 59 for the UAE to ensure that the match, at Vanderbiljpark, is evenly poised.

Namibia were held to 213 for nine by unbeaten Ireland in Johannesburg. A superb bowling effort from Boyd Rankin (2-17) helped reduce the Africans to 66 for six before 62 from Nicholaas Schultz, 33 from Deon Kotze and 31 from Ian van Zyl ensured that the tail wagged and despite two for 43 from Regan West, Namibia kept their hopes alive.

Canada staged an impressive recovery to post 252 for seven against Scotland in Benoni. Craig Wright (3-23) bowled superbly to help reduce Canada to 73 for three before a stand of 81 for the fourth wicket between Ashish Bagai, last man out for 87, and Sunil Dhaniram, who made 41, put them back on track. Both sides have lost once so far and there were two wickets for Callum MacLeod and Jan Stander.

Another half-century for Ryan ten Doeschate propelled the Netherlands to a score of 291 for eight against Bermuda. Ten Doeschate scored 67 and was well supported by Alexei Kervezee (44) and Darron Reekers (35) before Edgar Schiferli thumped an unbeaten 33 in 13 balls at the death. Rodney Trott and Irving Romaine shared four wickets.

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