Wednesday 15 January 2014 

Namibia Stun Netherlands, UAE Win Again

Sarel Burger hits a shot
Sarel Burger hits a shot during Namibia's 91-run win over the Netherlands
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Namibia stunned the Netherlands with a 91-run win and the United Arab Emirates became the first side to score two wins on the second day of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2014 in New Zealand.

Playing their first game of the tournament, Namibia beat a Netherlands team that had comfortably seen off Uganda on the opening day in Group B.

In Group A, Jimmy Hansra's century for Canada proved to be in vain as the UAE powered to an 80-run win to set themselves up as the team to beat in their group.

Group A

The experienced pair of Amjad Ali (91) and Khurram Khan (88) were to the fore for the United Arab Emirates as they racked up 286 for six batting first.

After Amjad and Khurram added 130 together for the second wicket, Swapnil Patil also made 36 and despite Khurram Chohan's three for 65, Canada were always up against it in pursuit of a stiff target.

Hansra then struck 100 not out but he lacked support and Canada closed on 206 for six; Hansra responsible for more than half of the runs scored from the bat.

He hit five fours and two sixes but apart from Raza-ur-Rehman's 43, Canada crumbled with the bat, slipping to nine for three early on.

Hansra and Raza put on 91 together but that was as good as it got, Mohammad Naveed and Khurram taking two wickets apiece.

Standings: UAE 4 points, Hong Kong 2 points, Scotland, Canada, Nepal 0 points

Group B

At 95 for three in the 23rd over, Namibia looked to be struggling against the Netherlands only for some late-order brilliance from Gerrie Snyman (74) and Christi Viljoen (46 not out) to haul them up to a score of 253 for six.

Craig Williams also made a valuable 36 and Nicolaas Scholtz chipped in with 27. For the Netherlands, Mudassar Bukhari was a constant threat, taking three for 40 while Michael Swart returned two for 44.

They then slumped to a disappointing 162 all out in just 36.5 overs as Viljoen backed up his batting effort with four for 33.

Louis Klazinga and Bernard Scholtz also took a brace of wickets as the Dutch batting line-up - without the experience of Ryan ten Doeschate, Alexei Kervezee or Tom Cooper - produced a poor performance.

Stephan Myburgh hit 40 at the top of the order and Michael Rippon made an unbeaten 44 at the end, but in between, it was a story of single-figure scores and a couple of starts.

Peter Borren hit a quickfire 29 in 17 balls while Tim Gruijters (13) and Ahsan Malik (12) were the only others to make much impression.

JJ Smit and Nicolaas Scholtz also took a wicket to help Namibia get off the mark at the first time of asking.

Standings: Namibia, PNG, Netherlands 2 points, Kenya, Uganda 0 points

The action continues tomorrow when Nepal meet Scotland in Group A and Papua New Guinea play Uganda in Group B.

© Cricket World 2014

Group A


Canada, Hong Kong, Nepal, Scotland, United Arab Emirates


Group B


Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Uganda