Sunday 19 April 2009 

Cricket World Cup:Ireland Complete Win In South Africa

Ireland took victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifying tournament in South Africa, beating Canada in the final while the Netherlands finished in third place with Afghanistan finishing in fifth thanks to a win in their maiden ODI against Scotland.

Ireland were crowned as champions, a William Porterfield century guiding them to a nine-wicket win over Canada at Centurion. Captain Porterfield stroked an unbeaten 104 in 133 balls and the other batsmen to make the crease, Gary Wilson and Niall O'Brien, both made 38. Canada had earlier been bowled out for 185 in 48 overs, their top order once again failing to fire as Trent Johnston (5-14) and Boyd Rankin (2-34) ripped through them. Only Umar Bhatti (46) offered some resistance, but his effort came too late for his side.

The Netherlands completed the competition in third place thanks to a dominant six-wicket win over Kenya. Edgar Schiferli, as ever, was brilliant with the new ball, taking four for 23 while Ruud Nijman grabbed three for 31 to bowl Kenya for 179 in 44 overs. Steve Tikolo made 45 and Rajesh Bhudia hit 47 but Kenya were always kept in check by the Netherlands. Although Kenya took early wickets when the Dutch batted, a swift 80 in 65 from Daan van Bunge and 57 not out from Bas Zuiderent ensured they got home in just the 33rd over.

Afghanistan were celebrating after they ended their first One Day International with an 89-run win over Scotland. Samiullah Shenwari (52) and Mohammad Nabi (58) weighed in with half-centuries and Noor Ail made 45 to propel Afghanistan to a winning score of 295 for eight. John Blain picked up three wickets and then made 41 at the bottom of Scotland's order as they folded to be all out for 206 in 40 overs, Kyle Coetzer top scoring with 44 and Hamid Hassan taking three for 27.

The United Arab Emirates beat Namibia by four wickets to finish their tournament with a victory. Captain Khurram Khan led the way with 124 as they overcame Namibia's score of 266 for nine. He was supported by Sameer Nayak (60) and Saqib Ali (41). Earlier, Namibia's decent total was set up by 54 from Nicholaas Scholtz and 42 in 31 balls from Jan-Berry Burger as Fayyaz Ahmed picked up three for 49.

© Cricket World 2009

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