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Scotland trounce Oman, Namibia hammer Papua New Guinea

Kyle Coetzer scored 63 runs off just 38 deliveries to take Scotland to a 23-run victory over Oman in Edinburgh.
Kyle Coetzer scored 63 runs off just 38 deliveries to take Scotland to a 23-run victory over Oman in Edinburgh.

A fine half-century from Kyle Coetzer followed by disciplined new-ball bowling from their pacers gave Scotland a convincing 23-run win over Oman in their ICC Twenty20 Qualifier in Edinburgh.

Group B

Scotland 173-5 (Coetzer 63) beat
Oman 150-7 (Kaleem 59) by 23 runs
35th Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Edinburgh 

Coetzer was at his aggressive best as he tore into the Oman bowling clobbering nine boundaries and a six as his knock came from just 38 deliveries.

Mathew Cross (20 played a breezy cameo before Oman managed to pull things back in the middle overs through Zeesham Maqsood (3-29) as Scotland lost three wickets in the space of 24 runs.

However, Richie Berrington (26) and Preston Mommsen (32 not out) provided the final flourish to take Scotland to a good total of 173 for five from 20 overs.

Chasing a big target, Oman lost the plot in the initial overs losing too many early wickets to be reduced to 68 for four in the 11th over.

Alasdair Evans (2-19) and Safyaan Sharif (3-27) bowled with tremendous accuracy and pace to trouble the Oman batsmen as they ripped through the top order.

Aamir Kaleem (59) played a lone hand, stroking five fours and three sixes in his 47-ball innings but it was never going to be enough as Oman ended up well short at 150 for seven from their 20 overs.

Coetzer was awarded man-of-the-match for his sparkling knock at the top of the order for Scotland.

The 36th match in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier between Afghanistan and Canada was washed out because of rain with both the teams sharing a point each.

Netherlands 98-6 (Cooper 59) beat
Kenya 97 (Obuya 33) by four wickets
39th Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, Edinburgh

Opting to field first after winning the toss, Netherlands picked up three wickets in three overs, following which, Kenya staged a minor recovery to end up at 52 for three at the half-way mark

Collins Obuya (33) and Morris Ouma (14) put on a 45 run stand, but once it ended, Kenya lost their last six wickets for just 41 runs, only managing to post a total of 97.

Timm van der Gugten (3-13) was the most successful bowler for Netherlands, picking up three wickets while Michael Swart (2-22) and Michael Rippon (2-22) got two each.

Chasing down a small total, Netherlands went hammer and tongs at Kenya’s attack, scoring 73 for one by the end of the powerplay, shortly after which they lost five wickets in 14 balls, in search of a quick finish.

Despite the flurry of wickets towards the end, Kenya simply did not have enough runs to defend, succumbing to a four wicket defeat, as Netherlands jumped to the second spot in Group B.

Shem Ngoche (3-19) was the stand out bowler for Kenya, who now find themselves in the fifth position on the points table. 

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

Group A

107-3 (Jenner 30) beat
Nepal 105-8 (Lohani 27) by seven wickets
34th Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, Dublin

After winning the toss and opting to field first, Jersey bowled with control while picking regular wickets, never allowing Nepal to get a hold over the innings, restricting the sub-continent team to 80 for six after 18 overs.

Nepal managed to build small partnerships throughout the innings, but towards the end, they managed hit 25 runs off the final two overs, thanks to Siddhant Lohani’s (27) innings, pushing them to 105 for eight in 20 overs.

Nat Watkins (3-20) picked three wickets, earning the man-of-the-match award, whereas Anthony Kay (2-18) got two against his name.

Jersey made short work of the small target, chasing it down in just over 16 overs, building on two important partnerships that sealed the game effectively in their favor, even as Nepal tried out seven bowlers in total.

Namibia 181-5 (Baard 87) beat
Papua New Guinea 132 (Ura 34) by 49 runs
37th Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

A crackling half-century from opening batsman Stephan Baard backed up by a clinical bowling performance from Bernard Scholtz took Namibia to an overwhelming 49-run win over Papua New Guinea in their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dublin on Saturday.

Papua New Guinea won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Namibia’s innings was controlled by Baard (87) who batted all the way through the innings till the 19th over, hammering seven fours and five huge sixes in his 54-ball knock.

Baard found able support from the rest of the batsmen but it was his 74-run stand with Sarel Burger (38) that really provided the thrust to the Namibia innings which finished at a healthy 181 for five from 20 overs.

With a huge target to chase, Papua New Guinea were never really in the game as they failed to make sizable partnerships.

Tony Ura (34) was the only batsman to show some resistance while the other batsmen played without proper planning to make a mess of the chase.

Scholtz (4-11) was the wrecker in the chief for Namibia as he struck thrice early in the innings after which Papua New Guinea never really recovered.

Scholtz found good support from Gerrie Snyman (3-18) as Papua New Guinea were bowled out in the 20th over for 132.

For his terrific four-wicket haul, Scholtz was given the man of the match. award.

United States of America 128-3 (Amsterdam 43 not out) beat
Hong Kong 125-9 (Atkinson 34) by seven wickets
38th Match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

wonderfully paced unbeaten half-century partnership between Nicholas Standford and Alex Amsterdam enabled the United States of America (USA)to register a comfortable seven-wicket win over Hong Kong in their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dublin on Saturday.

After winning the toss, USA opted to field first.

Most of Hong Kong’s batsmen got starts but none of them were able to convert them into bigger knocks for the team.

Jamie Atkinson (34) and Irfan Ahmed (26) were the notable contributors for Hong Kong as wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

Japen Patel (3-28) was the pick of the USA bowlers as he struck regularly especially in the end overs as Hong Kong only managed to get to 125 for nine from their 20 overs.

Chasing a moderate target of 126, USA lost a few early wickets and didn’t quite have the momentum as the Hong Kong bowlers managed to strangle the batsmen.

At 62 for three in the 11th over, it was anybody’s game but Amsterdam (43 not out) and Standford (40 not out) settled the issue with a sensible 66-run stand with the latter in particular pacing his innings brilliantly.

USA eventually reached the target with ease in the 19th over with 11 deliveries left to spare and Standford was awarded the man of the match.

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group A

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

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