Neil McCallum scored his third century in four innings to set Scotland up for a 45-run win over Uganda as the fourth round of group matches in the World Cup Qualifier in South Africa provided more excellent entertainment.
In Johannesburg, McCallum's unbeaten 101 in 109 balls set Scotland on their way to a 45-run win over Uganda. Kenneth Kamyuka (2-35) and Ronald Ssemanda (2-28) were the chief architects of putting Scotland under pressure, which was somewhat lifted by 56 from opener Gavin Hamilton but as no other batsman could beat a score of 20, they could only reach 209 for eight. However, their bowlers responded perfectly, John Blain, Dewald Nel, Craig Wright, Jan Stander and Majid Haq all picking up two wickets as Uganda's batting stuttered. Roger Mukusa hit 37 from the top and captain Junior Kwebiha almost kept them in in it with 69 before he was the last man out, handing Scotland their third win so far. McCallum, who had earlier been named as Cricket World's Player Of The Week, hit 11 fours and two sixes in his innings.
The Netherlands restricted Afghanistan to 204 for nine in Vanderbiljpark before they completed a five-wicket win although not before a scare or two. Ryan ten Doeschate and Mudassar Bukhari took three wickets apiece and Daan van Bunge scored a vital unbeaten 65. Opener Karim Sadiq continued his fine run of form with 72 and Mohammad Nabi contributed a late innings of 36 but captain Nowroz Mangal was dismissed for a golden duck, bowled by Edgar Schiferli as the Netherlands took control of the game.Their top four batsmen all got starts before being dismissed as Afghanistan kept themselves in with a shout before van Bunge's unbeaten 65 in 87 balls got the Dutch home with three overs and four balls to spare.
In Potchefstroom, Amjad Javed smashed 164 in 117 balls as the United Arab Emirates pummelled Denmark's bowlers, racking up 379 for six. Denmark's dismal campaign continued as they collapsed from 233 for three to lose seven for 54 to be bowled out for 267 and lose by 112 runs. Aside from Naeem Uddin, who was unbeaten on nought, all the UAE batsman passed double figures, captain Khurram Khan going on to reach 56 to give Javed useful support. Denmark also had three half-centurions: Frederik Klokker (77), Michael Pedersen (60), and Carsten Pedersen (58) giving them a chance before the horrendous collapse, which included four run outs and two wickets for Sameer Nayak.
Namibia were also in the runs at Krugersdorp, piling up 291 for nine on their way to a 119-run win against Oman as three men passed 50. Craig Williams (64), Nicholaas Scholtz (64) and Gerrie Snyman (76) scored the bulk of the runs as Oman struggled against Namibia's long batting line-up. All that is, except for Syed Tariq Hussein, who picked up three for 54. Oman's brittle top order then struggled again as Sarel Burger took five for 44, and after they were reduced to four for two, 66 for five and 88 for seven, Awal Khan scored 62 to at least add some respectability to Oman's score of 172 as Namibia took their first win of the competition.
Canada and Ireland met in the battle between two unbeaten sides in Benoni and it was Ireland who took the points despite being reduced to 42 for four in pursuit of 221 to win, got home with no further loss of wickets thanks to unbeaten half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Kevin O'Brien. Earlier, they bowled Canada out for 220 in 48 overs as Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnson returned identical figures of two for 37 and although Geoff Barnett (49), John Davison (42) and Ian Billcliff (38) all made starts, none could go on with Canada losing wickets too frequently to set up a big score. Umar Bhatti then took three for 28 to put Ireland in trouble, but an unbroken stand of 181 between Morgan (89) and O'Brien (84) sealed the six-wicket win. Canada were earlier hampered by three run outs during their innings.
A David Hemp century enabled Bermuda to reach 259 for five against Kenya in the other One Day International clash in Potchefstroom but it wasn't enough to force victory. Hemp, opening the innings, scored 102 in 152 balls, putting on 107 with Fiqre Crockwell, who made 45 on his ODI debut. Steven Outerbridge (31) and Glenn Blakeney (30) also made starts as Thomas Odoyo, Peter Ongondo, Lameck Onyango, Elijah Otieno and Hiren Varaiya grabbed one wicket apiece. Half-centuries for openers Kennedy Otieno (63) and Maurice Ouma (57) before an unbeatan 60 from captain Steve Tikolo saw Kenya home in 45 overs, ensuring that the same three teams remain at the top of Group B.
GROUP A: Ireland 8 points; Canada, Scotland 6 points; Uganda, Namibia 2 points; Oman 0 points
GROUP B: Netherlands, Kenya, UAE 6 points; Afghanistan 4 points; Bermuda 2 points; Denmark 0 points
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