Scotland Get Back To Winning Ways
Scotland beat Papua New Guinea to take their second win in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier on a day which saw Afghanistan beat Denmark while four teams were frustrated by the weather.
The Group A game between Ireland and Italy was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a wet outfield while the later match between Uganda and United States of America was also delayed and then called off due to the rain in Abu Dhabi.
There were no such worries in Group B where Afghanistan laboured to a two-wicket win over a much-improved Denmark and Scotland completed a crushing 94-run win over Papua New Guinea. In the later game, Kenya beat Bermuda by seven wickets in a game reduced to 18 overs per side.
Ireland and Italy gained a point apiece after their match was abandoned, Ireland moving back to the top of the table on their own.
The match between Uganda and USA was also delayed due to the weather and finally called off before a ball was bowled.
Standings: Ireland 9 points, Hong Kong 8 points, United Arab Emirates 6 points, Namibia 4 points, Italy, Uganda, USA 3 points, Canada 2 points
Denmark's batting finally produced a good performance and they posted a score of 145 for three that seriously challenged Afghanistan.
Carsten Pedersen made 36, Yasir Iqbal 35 and Aftab Ahmed 32 not out in 19 balls and although Afghanistan reached their target with almost five overs to spare, they lost eight wickets in the process.
Basir Shah (3-34) and Afta (1-23) reduced them to 19 for three before youngster Najibullah Zadran almost single-handedly took Afghanistan close to their target with 61 in 34 balls. he was supported by Mohammad Nabi's 25 and Samiullah Shenwari's 21 but as wickets continued to tumble, it was left to Shafiqullah Shafiq to hit the winning runs at number eight.
Scotland produced an improved showing with bat and ball to run out big winners over Papua New Guinea.
Calum MacLeod led the way with 58 in 40 balls, Matt Machan struck 44 in 25 and Richie Berrington made 43 in 33 to send Scotland to a score of 181 for five.
PNG's batting then wilted as Scotland, through Rob Taylor's three for 16, put them under pressure and Jack Vare's 22 was their top score as they closed on a disappointing 97 for nine.
After the final game of the day was reduced to 18 overs per side, Bermuda could only post 124 for seven against Kenya.
David Hemp made 30 not out but their total never looked like being enough and after Shem Ngoche (2-6) and Steve Tikolo (2-33) had excelled with the ball, so it proved.
Alex Obanda fell without scoring but Tikolo anchored the run chase with 54 not out in 36 balls. Nehemiah Odhiambo made 28 in 10 balls and Collins Obuya 31 in 18 as Kenya smashed their way to a seven-wicket win in just 11.2 overs.
Standings: Afghanistan, Netherlands 8 points, Kenya, Nepal 6 points, Bermuda, Papua New Guinea, Scotland 4 points, Denmark 0 points
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