Scotland Off The Mark, PNG Win Again
Scotland took their first win of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2014 in New Zealand by beating Nepal while Papua New Guinea made it two in two by beating Uganda.
After losing their opening match to Hong Kong, Scotland hit back with a 90-run victory over Nepal while Charles Amini took six wickets as PNG beat Uganda by nine wickets.
Freddie Coleman top scored for Scotland with 64 not out in 68 balls as they posted 249 for seven from their 50 overs.
Calum MacLeod (46), Matt Machan (37) and Preston Mommsen (35) also contributed as the top order produced a solid display.
Wickets tumbled later on in the innings allowing Sompal Kami to pick up three for 35 and Sagar Pun two for 38.
Pun then fell to the first ball of the reply, bowled by Rob Taylor and with Iain Wardlaw (3-32) removing Anil Mandal for 10 and Shakti Gauchan without scoring, Nepal were in trouble early on at 27 for three.
Gyanendra Malla made 34 and Sharad Vesawkar 30 as they tried to recover but Scotland continued to take wickets and bowled them out for 159 in 46.1 overs - any hope Nepal still had departing when Vesawkar fell in the 36th over.
Majid Haq also picked up two for 24.
Standings: United Arab Emirates 4 points, Scotland, Hong Kong 2, Canada, Nepal 0
Tomorrow's match: Canada v Hong Kong
Papua New Guinea now top the group after a dominant performance, led by leg-spinner Amini, against Uganda.
He returned figures of six for 19 from his 10 overs and played the key role as Uganda were bowled out for just 105 in 35.5 overs.
He removed Hamza Saleh (8) and Benjimin Musoke (0) in consecutive deliveries in the 20th over and top scorer for Uganda was opener Roger Mukasa, who made 33.
Backing Amini up were Mahuru Dai (2-4) and Willie Gavera (1-21).
PNG lost opener Tony Ura for four before they reached their target thanks to Lega Siaka's unbeaten 65 in 55 balls and Assad Vala's 37 not out in 40.
Standings: Papua New Guinea 4 points, Namibia, Netherlands 2, Kenya, Uganda 0
Tomorrow's match: Kenya v Namibia
Charles Amini, PNG leg-spinner: "I found a really good rhythm and I was landing the ball well. We’ve only lost three wickets in the tournament so far, and we’ve had two comprehensive victories.
"We’re very confident, and can’t wait to take on Namibia and the Netherlands. But we’re just taking it one game at a time."
Davis Arinaitwe, Uganda captain: "It was a very, very, very disappointing result for us today. We need one of our batsmen to get in and stay in, so that the rest of the team can bat around them and build a decent total."
"We still have something to play for in this tournament. We’re not just here to get kicked around."
Freddie Coleman, Scotland batsman: "It was a pretty tough start for us (against Hong Kong) and we were obviously pretty disappointed with that result, but it was important for us today that we came out and got ourselves rolling and got a good win under our belt and we did that so now we are up and running.
"It was nice to get some runs and we got off to a good start, but it was quite tricky during the middle overs with the spinners. The pitch has been played on a bit so it is a bit slow which made it difficult to hit the ball into the gaps, but it was nice to kind of hold my patience a little bit and score a few at the end."
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