Super Eight pace-setters Canada were handed a five-wicket defeat at the hands of the United Arab Emirates which allowed Ireland the chance to go back to the top of the table in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier in South Africa. Ireland's victory over the Netherlands meant they also booked their place in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
The UAE's win, which keeps them in contention for qualification for the 2011 event, was set up after they bowled Canada out for 194 in 49.5 overs. Saqib Ali took three for 20, the pick of the bowlers as Sandeep Jyoti (43) and Geoff Barnett (39) got starts among the top order but failed to go on. From number ten in the order, Balaji Dorokanti also struck 39. UAE's batsmen were quickly into their stride, racing to 200 for five in just 31.2 overs, captain Khurram Khan leading the way with an unbeatan 53 as Jyoti picked up two for 47.
In Johannesburg, Namibia thumped Kenya by 201 runs to throw themselves back into the fray with a match to play. An opening stand of 191 between Jan-Berry Burger (125 in 96 balls) and Raymond van Schoor (61) set Namibia on their way and although no other batsman could reach a half-century, they had more than enough runs in hand. For Kenya, only Maurice Ouma, with 27, got any sort of start and they were blown away for 104 in 30 overs, Sarel Burger taking four for 29, Louis Klazinga three for 27 and Gerrie Snyman two for 31.
Afghanistan's own slim hopes of qualification rested on them beating Scotland and after they were bowled out for 279 in their 50 overs, they completed a 42-run win by bowling Scotland out for 237. Karim Sadiq made 92 and captain Nowroz Mangal 72 to set up their score as four Scottish bowlers picked up two wickets apiece. Scotland lost two quick wickets and were looking set fair when Kyle Coetzer (91) and Gavin Hamilton (71) were putting on 133 for the third wicket but after both were dismissed by Sadiq, who finished with two for 44, the required run rate was too much for the rest of the batsmen to keep up with, Afghanistan finishing them off in 47.1 overs. “I am very happy at the moment that my team won against a team like Scotland, who are one of the big teams in the tournament and who have played in two World Cups,” Sadiq said afterwards.
Ireland went back to the top of the standings with a six-wicket win over the Netherlands in Pretoria. Three wickets apiece for Alex Cusack and Boyd Rankin saw to it that the Netherlands, missing Ryan ten Doeschate following his return to Essex, were bowled out for 222 and with both William Porterfield (78) and Eoin Morgan (76) hitting half-centuries, Ireland eased to their target in the 45th over of their reply.
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