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Assad Valla was named the player of the match for his all-round performance taking PNG to a eight-wicket win over Nepal
Assad Valla was named the player of the match for his all-round performance taking PNG to a eight-wicket win over Nepal

A fine all-round performance from Assad Vala ensured an emphatic eight-wicket win for Papua New Guinea over Nepal in their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier encounter in Dublin.

Group A

Papua New Guinea 99-2 (Vala 34 no) beat
Nepal 93 (Airee 29) by eight wickets
29th Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

After winning the toss, Papua New Guinea opted to field first.

Pradeep Airee (29) was the only Nepal batsman to show some resistance as he stroked four boundaries in his 28-ball knock. 

With only Sagar Pun (15) and Sharad Vesawkar (11) managing to cross double digits, Nepal innings were in disarray as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

John Reva (2-11), Mahuru Dai (2-13) and Vala (2-7) shared the majority of the wickets to fall as they put a lid on the scoring rate throughout.

Eventually Nepal were bowled inside their allotted 20 overs for a meagre total of 93, losing their last nine wickets for just 45 runs.

In pursuit of the low target, Papua New Guinea lost Lega Siaka (1) early but Tony Ura (32) and Vala (34 not out) put on a 43-run partnership to seal the deal. 

Although Siaka couldn’t see his team through till the end, Vala, in the company of Kila Pala (22 not out), completed the formalities in the 15th over to give their team an easy win. 

Namibia 164-1 (Snyman 82) beat
Jersey 161-4 (Jenner 90) by nine wickets
30th Match, ICC World Twenty Qualifier, Dublin 

An explosive half-century from Gerrie Snyman and his huge century opening stand with Stephan Baard led Namibia to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Jersey in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier match in Dublin.

After winning the toss, Namibia decided to field first.

Jersey lost both opening batsmen pretty quickly to be reduced to 25 for two in the fourth over as the Namibia pacers managed to bowl tight lines with the new ball.

Jonty Jenner (90) took the attack to the Namibia bowlers with a blistering innings that saw the ball being blasted to all parts of the ground.

Jersey rode on Jenner’s fantastic knock that came off just 52 deliveries comprising eight boundaries and four towering sixes.

Nat Watkins (27 not out) gave good company to Jenner as the pair added an unbeaten 76 runs for the fifth wicket to propel Jersey to a competitive total of 161 for four from their 20 overs.

Despite facing a challenging target, Namibia’s opening batsmen batted with freedom to put on 121 runs from just 12.4 overs to snuff out the chase. 

Snyman (82) and Baard (61) showed scant respect for any of the Jersey bowlers as the boundaries kept coming at will.

Although Snyman departed in the 13th over, Raymond van Schoor (27 not out) joined Baard to take Namibia to the finish line comfortably with 21 deliveries left in the match. 

Hong Kong 129-8 (Chapman 30) beat
Ireland 124-8 (Stirling 34) by five runs
33rd Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

A brilliant spell of bowling from Irfan Ahmed helped Hong Kong upset tournament co-hosts Ireland by five runs in a low-scoring ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier match in Dublin.

Ireland had won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Although Irfan (6) departed in the second over of the innings, Anshuman Rath (22) and Nizakat Khan (25) put the innings on track with a 44-run partnership.

Mark Chapman (30) then played a breezy knock as he stroked five boundaries in his 24-ball stay in the middle to up the tempo of the innings.

Ireland hit back through John Mooney (2-18), George Dockrell (2-21) and Kevin O’Brien (3-32) as Hong Kong lost a cluster of wickets at the back end of the innings. 

Tanwir Afzal (18) played a few enterprising strokes as Hong Kong finished with a moderate total of 129 for eight from their 20 overs.

Like Hong Kong, Ireland also lost an early wicket as Andrew Balbirnie (9) fell in the second over of the chase but Paul Stirling (34) and skipper William Porterfield (28) put on 43 runs for the second wicket to stabilize the innings.

Irfan (3-11) removed Stirling and continued to hold one end up for Hong Kong as Ireland found runs hard to come by.

Irfan was also backed by some top-class fielding from his Hong Kong teammates as Ireland were left with 23 runs to get off the final over that was to be bowled by him.

Although Mooney (18 not out) clubbed two boundaries and a six in the over, the total was beyond the reach of Ireland who suffered their second defeat of the tournament. 

Group B 

174-4 (Myburgh 67) beat
172-8 (Gunasekara 51) by six wickets
31st Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Edinburgh. 

Led by a Stephan Myburgh blitzkrieg, Netherlands trounced Canada by six wickets in their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier encounter in Edinburgh. 

After winning the toss, Netherlands opted to field first.

Ruvindu Gunasekara (51) helped Canada to get off to a flying start through his fluent knock that came off just 44 deliveries with seven fours and a six. 

Netherlands hit back in the middle overs through Michael Swart (2-24) as Canada lost four wickets for 42 runs to be 98 for four in the 14th over.

However, Rizwan Cheema (28) and Hamza Tariq (42) played blinders to help Canada reach an imposing total of 172 for eight from their 20 overs.

Chasing 173 to win, Netherlands were helped by a blistering knock from Myburgh (67) at the top of the order as the opening partnership yielded 65 runs in just 4.4 overs.

Barresi (32) and Swart (34 not out) made significant contributions as Netherlands cantered home in the 17th over to a comfortable six-wicket win.

Cecil Pervez (2-26) and Nitish Kumar (2-30) shared the wickets for Canada but in the end, Myburgh’s innings and the opening partnership put Netherlands on the course for a win.

The 32nd match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier between Oman and United Arab Emirates in Stirling was abandoned without a single ball being bowled due to persistent rain.

The point gained from the match took Oman to the top of the table in Group B due to a superior net-run rate over Afghanistan who also have the same points tally.

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group A

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

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group B

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

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