Namibia Continue Impressive Unbeaten Run
Namibia made it four wins out of four - but only just - and there were also wins for the Netherlands, Canada and Scotland on the fourth morning of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 in the United Arab Emirates.
Namibia beat their fellow African challengers by just four runs while the victories for Netherlands, Canada and Scotland, over Denmark, Bermuda and Oman respectively, were far more comfortable.
The all-European clash between Netherlands and Denmark went the way of the former, who won by seven wickets. Denmark struggled to reach 117 for nine batting first as Peter Borren took three for 14 although James Moniz's 47 in 31 balls gave them some hope of producing an upset. It was not to be as Stephanus Myburgh's unbeaten 55 in 53 balls and 45 not out in 30 balls from Wesley Barresi carried the Dutch to a comfortable win with almost four overs to spare.
Canada inflicted a fourth straight defeat on Bermuda with a 72-run win. Ruvindu Gunasekera blasted 83 in 48 balls and Tyson Gordon 39 in 16 to set up a score of 175 for six, which proved to be more than enough. Lionel Cann then top scored for Bermuda with 33 as they were bowled out for 103 in reply. Rizwan Cheema took three for 12 and Manny Aulakh two for 11.
Namibia maintained their unbeaten start to the tournament but only just, holding on to beat Uganda by just four runs. Raymond van Schoor continues his good run of form to hit 60 in 62 balls before Uganda hit back, Charles Waiswa taking three wickets and Namibia closed on 140 for five. Arhur Kyobe then hit 38 in 35 balls and Deusdedit Muhumza 18 in 15 as Uganda took the game to the wire, but they weren't able to pull off an upset.
Scotland handed out a 52-run thrashing to Oman, who are still searching for their first victory. Calum MacLeod hammered the second century of the tournament, finishing on 104 in 72 deliveries while opening partner Richie Berrington scored 30 in 28 balls. Scotland's score of 158 for five proved well beyond Oman, who were dismissed for 106 in reply. Majid Haq took three wickets, Safyaan Sharif and Preston Mommsen two apiece.
Elsewhere, Nepal's Paras Khadka has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's 35-run defeat to Papua New Guinea on day three. He pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence having shown dissent after he was dismissed.
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