Cricket World Cup: Ireland Get Back On Track

Ireland bounced back from their Cricket World Cup Qualifier Super Eight defeat at the hands of Afghanistan with a crushing eight-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates.

They were far too strong for their Middle Eastern opponents in Johannesburg, bowling UAE out for 133, a total that owed plenty to a late 63 from number eight Fayyaz Ahmed. He came to the crease with his side in desperate trouble at 38 for six and but for his innings, the match could have been over by lunch. Regan West picked up three for 39 and there were two apiece for Peter Connell, Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnston before innings of 49 from Gary Wilson, 37 from William Porterfield and 30 not out from Eoin Morgan saw Ireland coast to victory in the 28th over of their innings.

In Benoni, the Netherlands were set 259 to win by Namibia as Raymond van Schoor (50) and Saren Burger (51) were both dismissed shortly after reaching their half-centuries, Peter Borren impressing with three for 59. They made it thanks to another century from Ryan ten Doeschate. The Essex man finished with 134 not out in 121 balls as Borren made a crucial late 33 after Alexei Kervezee had earlier scored 52. Gerrie Snyman and Louis Klazinga took three wickets apiece.

Afghanistan looked to follow up their win over Ireland and progressed well to score 265 for eight against Canada in Pretoria, but they were eventually beaten by six wickets. A fine century from Noor Ali, who made 104 in 122 balls with eight fours and a six was backed up by 49 from captain Nowroz Mangal as Rizwan Cheema picked up three for 41. Cheema then smacked 46 in 23 balls to get their innings off to a flyer before innings of 96 not out from Ian Billcliff and 68 from Ashish Bagai saw Canada home. Hamid Hassan struck to remove Bagai late on and give Afghanistan hope, but it wasn't to be. | Video Footage

In Krugersdorp, Kenya were bowled out for 178 with two balls unused by Scotland. Collins Obuya top scored with just 32 as John Blain picked up four for 59, the remaining six wickets begin shared by Craig Wright, Dewald Nel and Jan Stander. Seven wickets shared between Lameck Onyango and Nehemiah Odhiambo then routed Scotland for 154 in 47.2 overs as the Africans sealed a 24-run win. Stander top scored with 27 as the Scottish batting fell away.

Uganda smashed Bermuda for 352 for seven in their ninth/tenth place play-off in Potchefstroom as Nihal Bibodi (109) and Frank Nsubuga (98) led the way. Nsubuga needed just 63 balls, hitting six fours and seven sixes before Kyle Hodsall managed to take two for 71. They were both outdone by David Hemp, however, who closed the match on the winning side with an unbeaten 170 in 141 balls as Bermuda claimed ninth place. Stephen Outerbridge made 107 as the Bermudans reached their score with eight wickets to spare.

Oman completed their campaign with a typically aggressive batting performance as they chased down 221 in 41.4 overs to beat Denmark by five wickets to finish in 11th place. Denmark were bowled out for 220, Michael Pedersen hitting 72 and Hemal Mehti grabbing five wickets and although Oman were reduced to 31 for three, they hit back thanks to an unbeaten 89 from Adnan Ilyas and 69 from Awal Khan. David Borcherson snaffled four for 43.

ICC World Cup Qualifier 2008/09 Super Eight Table

P W T L NR A Pts NetRR
Canada 5 4 0 1 0 0 8 1.393
Ireland 5 4 0 1 0 0 8 0.903
Kenya 5 3 0 2 0 0 6 0.916
Netherlands 5 3 0 2 0 0 6 0.103
Scotland 5 2 0 3 0 0 4 -0.513
United Arab Emirates 5 2 0 3 0 0 4 -1.389
Afghanistan 5 1 0 4 0 0 2 -0.549
Namibia 5 1 0 4 0 0 2 -0.847

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