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Ireland, Afghanistan continue winning streak to go top of table

The Papua New Guinea players and support staff celebrating their 24-run victory over Jersey in Bready.
The Papua New Guinea players and support staff celebrating their 24-run victory over Jersey in Bready.

John Mooney delivered another fine performance as Ireland successfully managed to defend 146 against the United States of America in game 11 of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Belfast.

Group A

Ireland 146-6 (Balbirnie 44) beat
United States of America 100 (Standford 19) by 46 runs
11th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, Belfast

USA opted to field first on winning the toss, and looked threatening, restricting Ireland to 117 for six at the start of the 18th over, with only Andy Balbirnie (44) managed to cross 25.

However, their hero in the previous game, Mooney (20 not out), changed the complexion of the game in his seven-ball knock taking Ireland to 146 for six in the 20 overs.

Timil Patel (3-13) was the pick of the USA bowlers having picked up three wickets at an economy of 3.25.

Needing just under 7.5 per over, USA lost Akeem Dodson (0) from the second ball of the innings off Alex Cusack (2-19).

Thompson (2-20) and Mooney (2-17) struck twice each as the USA innings was completely derailed, eventually dismissed for 100.

Papua New Guinea 145-9 (Vala 29) beat
Jersey 121 (Jenner 44) by 24 runs
12th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Bready

An all-round performance from Papua New Guinea kicked off their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier campaign with a 24-run victory over Jersey.

A collective batting effort from the Papua New Guinea batsmen, ensured they reached 145 for nine in the 20 overs, despite Anthony Kay's (3-24) and Ben Stevens' (3-24) heroics with the ball.

Jersey did well to manage 61 for two in the 10 overs, but failed to get a hold of the required run-rate, which kept on climbing, as a result of some tight bowling by Norman Vanua (3-19) and Mahuru Dai (1-9).

Jersey were dismissed for 121 in 19.4 overs, handing a 24-run victory to Papua New Guinea. 

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group A

P W L Pts
1 Ireland 2 2 0 4
2 Nepal 2 1 0 3
3 Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 2
4 Jersey 2 1 1 2
5 Namibia 2 0 1 1
6 United States of America 2 0 2 0
7 Hong Kong 1 0 1 0

Group B

125-3 (Cooper 50 no) beat
United Arab Emirates 119-7 (Patil 34) by seven wickets
13th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Edinburgh

The first Group B encounter on Sunday saw Netherlands demolish the United Arab Emirates by seven wickets after a disciplined bowling performance in Edinburgh.

After being asked to bat first, UAE started their innings aggressively, hitting 29 runs in the first three overs.

Timm van der Guten (1-21) provided the initial breakthrough for Netherlands dismissing Mohammad Shahzad (13) but the innings was resurrected by a 44-run third-wicket stand between Shaiman Anwar (15) and Swapnil Patil (34). 

However, UAE eventually lost their way in the middle and end overs, as they managed just 34 runs in the last five, setting a target of 120 for Netherlands.

Even though they lost their first two wickets early, Ben Cooper (50 not out), kept Netherlands in the hunt with his 38-ball unbeaten knock, securing a seven-wicket victory.

Roelof van der Merwe was named as the man of the match for his splendid spell of two for 10. 

Oman 135-3 (Maqsood 86 no) beat
Canada 133-3 (Kumar 52) by seven wickets (D/L) 
14th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Stirling 

Zeeshan Maqsood produced a blinder of innings, helping Oman chase down 134 in less than 12 overs taking his team to a seven-wicket win over Canada in a rain-marred game in Stirling.

The game was reduced to 13-overs per side because of some heavy rain at the New Williamfield No1 Oval.

Oman decided to field first, but were put under pressure by Nitish Kumar (52) during his 25-ball knock, which included four boundaries and three sixes.

With some support from Navneet Dhaliwal (28 not out), Canada reached 133 for three in their stipulated 13 overs.

Needing more than 10 runs per over, Oman kept losing wickets, but that didn't stop Maqsood (86 not out) from unleashing his brutal attack on the Canada bowlers, during his 41-ball unbeaten knock, taking Oman to a seven-wicket win single-handedly. 

Afghanistan 210-5 (Mohammad Shahzad 75) beat
Scotland 173 (Mommsen 44) by 37 runs 
15th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Edinburgh

Mohammad Shahzad scored a breathtaking 75 off just 36 deliveries to bat Scotland out of the game, putting Afghanistan on course for a 37-run victory in Edinburgh. 

Afghanistan made full use of the opportunity to bat first despite losing Nawroz Mangal (0) in the first over.

Shahzad (75) continued his good form in the tournament, smashing four sixes in the third over as he added 110 for the second wicket with Asghar Stanikzai (34).

Shahzad brought up his half-century in just 26 deliveries, but just when things looked ominous for Scotland, Con de Lange (1-44) dismissed Shahzad in the 12th over.

A couple of deliveries later, Stankizai was run out leaving Afghanistan at 113 for three. Cameos from Najibullah Zadran (37) and Mohammad Nabi (33 not out) took Afghanistan to 210 for five.

Chasing 211, Scotland had trouble in catching up with the required run rate, which kept on climbing with the regular fall of wickets as they managed only 173. 

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group B

P W L Pts
1 Afghanistan 3 3 0 6
2 Kenya 2 2 0 4
3 Netherlands 3 2 1 4
4 Scotland 3 1 2 2
5 Oman 2 1 1 2
6 Canada 2 0 2 0
7 United Arab Emirates 3 0 3 0

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