McCallum Stars Again In Latest WCQ Action

McCallum Stars Again In Latest WCQ Action
McCallum Stars Again In Latest WCQ Action

Neil McCallum scored his third century in four innings to propel Scotland to a score of 209 for eight against Uganda as the fourth round of group matches in the World Cup Qualifier in South Africa reached the halfway stage.

In Johannesburg, McCallum's unbeaten 101 in 109 balls again held Scotland together against a useful Ugandan bowling effort. Kennth 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, Scotland's bowlers will have to be on form themselves if they are to take their third win in a row. 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 with Ryan ten Doeschate and Mudassar Bukhari taking three wickets apiece. 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.

In Potchefstroom, Amjad Javed smashed 164 in 117 balls as the United Arab Emirates pummelled Denmark's bowlers, racking up 379 for six. 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.

Namibia were also in the runs at Krugersdorp, piling up 291 for nine 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.

Canada and Ireland meet in the battle between two unbeaten sides in Benoni and it is first blow to Ireland, who bowled Canada out for 220 in 48 overs. 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.

A David Hemp century enabled Bermuda to reach 259 for five against Kenya in the other One Day International clash in Potchefstroom. 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.

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