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Namibia, Ireland register big wins on a day spoiled by rain

Kevin O' Brien celebrating a wicket as Ireland thrashed Nepal by eight wickets in Belfast.
Kevin O' Brien celebrating a wicket as Ireland thrashed Nepal by eight wickets in Belfast.

Namibia demolished United States of America while Ireland continued their winning streak on a day where rain played spoilsport washing out a couple of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier games.

Group A

Namibia 116-3 (Snyman 62) beat
United States of America 113-8 (Dodson 49) by seven wickets
16th match,  ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Belfast

Namibia won the toss and elected to bowl first, a decision that was vindicated straightaway, as Jason Davidson (1-19) got rid of Fahad Babar (8).

Akeem Dodson (49) tried to resurrect the USA innings, putting on a 35-run stand for the second wicket with Timothy Surujbally (3) and another 25 runs for the fourth wicket with Alex Amsterdam (18).

However, when Dodson fell in the 14th over, USA collapsed scoring just 31 runs in the last seven overs, managing only 113 in the 20 overs.

The chase was set on course with the Namibian openers, Stephan Baard (34) and Gerrie Snyman (62), sharing a 97-run stand in just 10 overs. 

Even though Namibia lost three wickets for just 12 runs, Jean-Pierre Kotze (8 not out) and Sarel Burger (6 not out) ensured they reached the target with seven wickets and 43 balls to spare. 

Ireland 54-2 (Stirling 29) beat
Nepal 53 (Pun 20) by eight wickets
18th match,  ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Belfast

Ireland consolidated their position at the top of Group A with a massive eight-wicket victory over Nepal, courtesy of an intimidating bowling performance.

Nepal started their innings cautiously scoring 11 runs in the first two overs.

However, the wicket maiden from Alex Cusack (1-7) in the third over, started the slide with no batsmen except for Sagar Pun (20) showing any resistance to Ireland's seam attack.

Nepal were disimissed for just 53 in 14.3 overs, their lowest total in T20 cricket.

All the Ireland bowlers were among the wickets but Kevin O' Brien (3-8) deserved a special mention.

Ireland made full use of the opportunity to boost their net run-rate, chasing down the target in eight overs losing two wickets.

The 17th game between Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in Bready and the 19th game between Afghanistan and Kenya in Stirling were abandoned without a ball being bowled because of persistent rain.

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group A

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

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group B

P W L Pts
1 Afghanistan 4 3 0 7
2 Kenya 3 2 0 5
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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