Namibia Keep On Winning On Day Of Few Surprises
Day six of action in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 proved to be one devoid of upsets as there were wins in the afternoon session for Bermuda, Canada, Ireland and Namibia.
Namibia are still yet to be defeated and top Group B while Canada's win over Denmark kept them in the hunt in Group A.
Earlier in the day, there were victories for Afghanistan, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland.
Bermuda ended their long wait for a first victory with a five-wicket win over Papua New Guinea. Vani Morea hammered 49 in 31 balls for PNG and Chris Amini hit 30 but their score of 155 for five proved to be insufficient. Janeiro Tucker blasted 52 not out in 41 deliveries to cart Bermuda to victory with three balls remaining after PNG put up an impressive fight with the ball.
Canada overcame Denmark by 55 runs. Ruvindu Gunasekera narrowly missed out on a century when he was dismissed for 95 in 65 balls and Hiral Patel made 43 in 32 to propel Canada to a score of 178 for three. That score proved well beyond Denmark, who closed on 123 for four. Rizwan Mahmood made an unbeaten 65 in 58 balls from the top of the order and Frederik Klokker scored 40.
Standings after six matches: Afghanistan 12 points, Netherlands 10 points, Canada 8 points, Nepal 6 points, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong 4 points, Bermuda, Denmark 2 points
Namibia made it six wins from six by beating Oman by 36 runs. Their powerful top order failed for once but they were rescued by captain Sarel Burger's 53 in 44 balls and they advanced to a score of 120 for seven in their 20 overs. Against a stronger team, that sort of score might have left them in trouble but against Oman, they were doing the troubling with the ball. Christoffel Viljoen (4-8), Burger (3-14) and Raymond van Schoor (2-18) combined to dismiss their opponents for just 84 in 18.4 overs.
Ireland proved to be far too strong for Uganda, piling up 179 for five before Uganda were bundled out for 97. William Porterfield (53), Paul Stirling (41), Kevin O'Brien (39 not out) and Gary Wilson (30) all made contributions for Ireland with the bat before George Dockrell's three for 26 led their bowling assault. O'Brien finished with two for seven and Trent Johnston two for eight.
Standings after six matches: Namibia 12 points, Ireland 10 points, Scotland 8 points, Italy, Kenya 6 points, Uganda 4 points, USA 2 points, Oman 0 points
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