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Ireland, Scotland book berth for the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup

Irfan Ahmed played a blistering knock of 98 to keep Hong Kong chance of making to the main draw alive as they defeated Namibia by 83 runs
Irfan Ahmed played a blistering knock of 98 to keep Hong Kong chance of making to the main draw alive as they defeated Namibia by 83 runs
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Ireland and Scotland have ensured a berth in the ICC T20 World Cup, to be held in India next year, after topping their respective groups in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

Group A

Ireland 123-3 (Stirling 55) beat
Jersey 122 (Gough 42) by seven wickets
40th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Ireland's usually successful seam bowlers failed to make early inroads as Peter Gough (42) put on a 42-run opening stand with Edward Farley (21) and another 46 runs with Jonty Janner (26) to take Ireland to 88 in the 14th over.

However, Alex Cussack (3-26), John Mooney (3-20) and Paul Stirling (3-16) struck in partnerships to restrict Jersey to 122, as they lost nine wickets for the 34 runs.

William Porterfield (17) and Stirling (55) gave Ireland a brisk start of 44 in the fifth over.

Andy Balbirnie (32) coming at number three added another 47 with Stirling to take Ireland to 91 for one in the 12th over which put Ireland on the course of a win ensuring they finished on the top of Group A to book a berth in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup.

United States of America 147-6 (Stanford 40) beat
Papua New Guinea 129-9 (Bau 26) by 18 runs
41st match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

USA started steadily putting on a 65-run opening stand in eight overs after asked to bat first.

However, the innings lost momentum when they lost five wickets under 50 runs, until it took a special 17-ball cameo from Nicholas Standford (40 not out), to take USA to 147 for six in the 20 overs. 

Chasing 148 for a win, PNG was never in the hunt as they lost the first six wickets for 88.

Mahuru Dai (25) and Kila Pal (21), tried to resurrect the innings during their 17-ball knocks, but it wasn't enough for PNG to cross the line, eventually losing the game by 18 runs. 

PNG ended fourth in Group A, while USA ended on fifth.

Hong Kong 197-8 (Irfan 98) beat
Namibia 114 (Burger 28) by 83 runs
42nd match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

Irfan Ahmed played a blinder of a knock to keep Hong Kong's chances of qualification to the main tournament alive after defeating Namibia by 83 runs in Dublin. 

The Hong Kong openers, Irfan (98) and Jamie Atkinson (28) added a quick 50 in five openers, after Namibia put them to bat.

Irfan looked at his attacking best during his 55-ball knock which included nine fours and four sixes.

With support from Atkinson and Nizakat Khan (20), Irfan powered Hong Kong to 197 for eight in the 20 overs.

Needing more than 10 per-over to win, Namibia were never in the hunt, losing wickets regularly, with only Sarel Burger (28) and Craig Williams (27), managing to cross 20s.

Namibian innings were put into disarray by Nadeem Ahmed (5-12), who went on to pick up a five-wicket haul, eventually dismissing them for 114.

Both Hong Kong and Namibia will have another chance to make it to the main tournament as they face Afghanistan and Netherlands respectively in the play-offs. 

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group A

P W L Pts
1 Ireland 6 4 2 8
2 Hong Kong 6 3 2 7
3 Namibia 6 3 2 7
4 Papua New Guinea 6 3 2 7
5 United States of America 6 3 3 6
6 Jersey 6 2 4 4
7 Nepal 6 1 4 3


ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group B

P W L Pts
1 Scotland 6 4 2 8
2 Netherlands 6 4 2 8
3 Afghanistan 6 3 1 8
4 Oman 6 3 1 7
5 Kenya 6 3 2 7
6 United Arab Emirates 6 1 4 3
7 Canada 6 0 5 1


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