Saturday 23 November 2013 

Italy Shock UAE With 67-Run Win

Gareth Berg
Gareth Berg took a couple of wickets as Italy beat UAE by 67 runs
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Italy
Italy's win puts them back in contention for qualification
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Italy have delivered the latest upset at the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier by beating hosts United Arab Emirates while there were also wins for Nepal, Namibia and the Netherlands.

Group A

The upset of the day came as Italy beat United Arab Emirates by 67 runs to revive their chances of making the play-offs.

Damian Crowley hammered 59 in 48 balls while Peter Petricola hit 38 and Carl Sandri 30 not out to help India post 158 for five.

In reply, UAE slipped to 14 for four and never recovered, bowled out for 91 in 16.2 overs. Shan Munasinghe took three for 19, Crowley two for 10 and Gareth Berg two for 21.

Namibia's seven-wicket win over Canada ends the Canadians chances of reaching the ICC World Twenty20 next year.

Canada started well enough, Ruvindu Gunasekera hitting 25 and Jimmy Hansra 23 but they were bowled out for 117, unable to build their innings. Nicholaas Scholtz took five for 13 and Bernard Scholtz two for 19.

Raymond van Schoor then hit 58 in 55 balls and Craig Williams 37 not out in 33 deliveries as Namibia reached their target with three balls to spare.

Standings: Ireland 11 points, Hong Kong 10 points, United Arab Emirates 8 points, Namibia 6 points, Italy 5 points, Uganda, USA 3 points, Canada 2 points

Group B

The Netherlands bounced back from their defeat to Scotland by beating Kenya by 29 runs.

Michael Swart (44) and Wesley Barresi (28) top scored as the Dutch posted 130 for seven and they then restricted Kenya to 101 for seven.

In the seventh over, Kenya were 10 for six, from which point there was no way back.

Mudassar Bukhari took three for 14 and Swart two for eight and some respectability was restored to Kenya by Shem Ngoche's 38 in 28 balls.

Gyanendra Malla hit 39 in 22 balls and Subash Khakurel 35 in as many balls as Nepal beat Bermuda by 21 runs.

A late collapse saw Nepal close on 148 for eight as Malachi Jones, Allan Douglas II and Dion Stovell took two wickets.

However, Bermuda could not capitalise on their strong finish in the field when they were bowled out for 127.

They lost wickets early and were 15 for four although Janeiro Tucker's 48 in 31 balls gave them some hope before Nepal came back, Jitendra Mukhiya finishing with three for 25, Avinash Karn two for 14 and Paras Khadka two for 23.

Standings: Afghanistan, Netherlands 10 points, Nepal 8 points, Kenya, Scotland 6 points, Papua New Guinea 5 points, Bermuda 4 points, Denmark 1 point

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Qualified

Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, UAE

Semi-Finals

Afghanistan v Hong Kong

Ireland v UAE

Group A

Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Namibia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States of America


Group B

Afghanistan, Bermuda, Denmark, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Scotland