On Garden Oval 4 Vanuatu made a commanding start against a shell shocked Norway to race to 1-96 off 19 overs. Lenica Natapei did most of the damage with a brilliant 60 off just 61 balls.
However when Vanuatu captain Andrew Mansale was run out for 23 the momentum of the match swung strongly in Norway’s favor.
With his experience coming into play, Norwegian captain Muhammad Shahbaz Butt claimed five wickets during a magnificent spell of leg spin bowling and Vanuatu collapsed to be all out for 173.
Despite the small total Norway struggled to get going in reply due to some good spin bowling form Mansale and Jelany Chilia.
As the pressure mounted on Norway to score runs, Vanuatu strike bowler Patrick Matautaava took full advantage with a blistering display to bowling taking 6 for ten and skittle Norway for just 94.
“We got ourselves in a bit of trouble late in our batting innings so knew we really had to bowl well,” said man of the match Patrick Matautaava. “But we focused on bowling dot balls and building pressure on them and it paid off for a great win.”
Tomorrow is a rest day with play resuming on Monday.
Scores in Brief
At Garden Ovals 1
Bhutan 79 all out, 35.4 overs (S Tobgay 17; A Iqbal 3-4, S Muhammad 3-16)
Belgium 81 for one, 25.1 overs (N Shah 34no, S Muhammad 30no; J Singye 1-23)
Belgium won by nine wickets
Man of the Match: Shahid Muhammad (Belgium)
At Garden Ovals 2
Japan 229 for eight, 50.0 overs (J Shearer 59, NA Miyaji 46; VA Singh 4-50)
Suriname 87 all out, 36.2 overs (VA Singh 35; S Nakano 5-27, D Mee 4-17)
Japan won by 142 runs
Man of the Match: Satoshi Nakano (Japan)
At Garden Ovals 3
Ghana 206 all out, 48.3 overs (KF Bakiweyem 52, PK Ananya 43no; S Tua 3-22, W Mariner 2-37)
Samoa 156 all out, 38.2 overs (B Mailata 61, F Mulivai 34; KS Bagabena 4-38, A Kind-David 3-24)
Ghana won by 50 runs
Man of the Match: Kofi Bagabina (Ghana)
At Garden Ovals 4
Vanuatu 173 all out, 41.2 overs (L Natapei 60, N Nipiko 30; M Butt 5-27)
Norway 95 all out, 38.1 overs (A Saleem 28; P Matautaava 6-10)
Vanuatu won by 78 runs
Man of the Match: Patrick Matautaava (Vanuatu)