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by Alastair Symondson & International Cricket Council Saturday 10 November 2018
Oman made it two wins from two in the opening stages of the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 on an exciting second day of action.
Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood was the star of the show as his side downed Singapore – making its tournament bow – on Saturday.
The captain took 2-18 from his ten overs with the ball and anchored the chase with 43 not out as Oman claimed a four-wicket win to move top of the nascent standings, as it looks to bounce back to Division 2 at the first time of asking.
Meanwhile, Monank Patel hit 107 at the top of the USA order and its total of 252 for six always looked like being beyond a Ugandan side that had beaten Denmark in the first round of games.
Oman v Singapore
Singapore 185-9, 50 overs (Aritra Dutta 38, Chetan Suryawanshi 37; Bilal Khan 3-31)
Oman 186-6, 37.4 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 43 not out, Jatinder Singh 41; Janak Prakash 3-16)
Result - Oman won by four wickets at Oman Club Turf 2
The hosts, fresh from victory on the opening day over Kenya, won the toss and put Singapore into bat. Opener Aritra Dutta (38) compiled steadily but the visitors lost regular wickets and scored slowly – skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (2-18) trapping both Dutta and Rohan Rangarajan in front to leave Singapore 58-3 in the 22nd over.
Anish Paraam (33) led a rebuilding job with captain Chetan Suryawanshi (37) but when the latter fell to Bilal Khan (3-31) the runs dried up and the innings ended at 185-9.
Jatinder Singh’s 41 from 62 balls at the top of the Oman order got them up and running but Janak Prakash (3-16) slowed momentum and when Singh fell in the 21st over at 93 for five, Singapore had a sniff.
But skipper Maqsood (43 not out) was ably supported by Mehran Khan (23 from 18 balls) and Fayyaz Butt (26 not out) as the hosts cruised home in the end with more than 12 overs to spare.
USA v Uganda
USA 252-6, 50 overs (Monank Patel 107, Hayden Walsh 47; Henry Ssenyondo 2-44)
Uganda 198-9, 50 overs (Arnold Otwani 52, Deusdedit Muhumuza 43; Timil Patel 3-28)
Result - USA won by 54 runs at Oman Club Turf 1
Monank Patel was the star of the show as USA, having been put in to bat by Uganda, compiled 252 for six from their 50 overs.
Patel hit 107 from 137 balls to provide the backbone of the USA total but he was given late-order support from Henry Walsh (47 from 55 balls).
USA became the first team of the week to top 250 from its 50 overs and in response, Uganda never looked like getting close.
Arnold Otwani made 52 at the top of the order but no-one could stay with him, Timil Patel ripping out the Uganda top order by taking care of three of its top five.
Deusdedit Muhumuza provided a late innings rally with 43 not out from 58 balls but it finished 54 runs short in the end, albeit with one wicket to spare.
ICC World Cricket League Division 3 – Day 1
Uganda and hosts Oman both secured impressive victories on a scintillating opening day of action in the ICC World Cricket League Division 3.
Uganda was promoted to this level from the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 2018 in Malaysia but instantly looks at home, as it recorded a comfortable five-wicket victory over Denmark.
Meanwhile, Oman made the most of home comforts to record a composed five-wicket win of its own over Kenya at Oman Club Turf 1 – with both teams having been relegated from Division 2 in Namibia back in February.
The other two countries competing in Division 3 are USA and Singapore, who get under way on day two with games against today’s victors, as the road to ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification continues.
Oman v Kenya
Kenya 164 all out, 49.2 overs (Rakep Patel 36, Sachin Bhudia 34; Kaleemullah 4-26)
Oman 166-5, 42.5 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 53 not out, Jatinder Singh 33; Dhiren Gondaria 2-31)
Result - Oman won by five wickets at Oman Club Turf 1
Oman got off to a perfect start on home soil as opening bowlers Bilal Khan (2-31) and Kaleemullah (4-26) had Kenya in immediate trouble at eight for three.
Kenya began to slowly rebuild as Gurdeep Singh (25 from 70 balls) and top-scorer Rakep Patel (36 from 64) steadied the ship before Kaleemullah struck again to remove the former caught behind and Jay Odedra (2-25) did likewise to Patel.
Sachin Bhudia’s 34 added some potentially valuable runs late on but Kenya was all out for 164 with four balls of their 50 overs still remaining.
A steady response saw the hosts always in control as the top order of Aqib Ilyas (22), Jatinder Singh (33) and Khawar Ali (24) kept Oman ahead of the run-rate and with wickets in hand.
Captain Zeeshan Maqsood then took over and his unbeaten 53 (including five boundaries) ensured a five-wicket triumph with more than seven overs remaining to get the hosts off to a flyer.
Uganda v Denmark
Denmark 165 all out, 44.4 overs (Mads Henriksen 43, Hamid Shah 31; Charles Waiswa 4-25)
Uganda 167-5, 36.2 overs (Arnold Otwani 88, Riazat Ali Shah 29 not out; Saif Ahmad 2-33)
Result - Uganda won by five wickets at Oman Club Turf 2
Batting first, Denmark made a promising start as Freddie Klokker (14) and skipper Hamid Shah (31) put on 46 for the opening wicket.
But when Klokker was caught behind by Arnold Otwani off the bowling of Riazat Ali Shah (2-24), and Shah followed in almost exactly the same manner, the tide turned.
Saif Ahmad’s 30 from 46 balls and Mads Henriksen’s patient 43 provided some resistance but Charles Waiswa (4-25) tore through the lower order to bowl Denmark out for 165 from just 44.4 overs.
Ugandan captain Roger Mukasa was caught second ball in response but Otwani’s brilliant 88 from just 86 balls, including 15 boundaries, paced the chase perfectly.
He was given some support by Dinesh Nakrani (20) but almost single-handedly put his side in complete control before holing out to leave the score at 130 for five.
That gave Denmark a glimmer of hope but Riazat Ali Shah’s unbeaten 29 saw the African side home by five wickets with almost 14 overs remaining.
12 November: USA v Kenya (Oman Club Turf 1); Denmark v Singapore (Oman Club Turf 2)
13 November: Oman v Denmark (Oman Club Turf 1); Uganda v Kenya (Oman Club Turf 2)
15 November: Singapore v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 1); Denmark v USA (Oman Club Turf 2)
16 November: Oman v USA (Oman Club Turf 1); Kenya v Singapore (Oman Club Turf 2)
18 November: Kenya v Denmark (Oman Club Turf 1); Oman v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 2)
19 November: Singapore v USA (Oman Club Turf 1)
All matches start at 9.30am local time.
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