Scotland Win Again As Rain Lingers
Scotland claimed an important 15-run win over the Netherlands but rain continues to interrupt matches at the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.
Only two of the morning matches were played to a finish with Scotland beating the Netherlands in Group B and the United Arab Emirates beating Canada by 36 runs in Group A.
The Group B match between Denmark and Papua New Guinea was abandoned without a ball being bowled, handing Denmark their first point of the tournament.
The afternoon games saw Ireland beat Uganda and Hong Kong beat the United States of America in Group A while Afghanistan beat Nepal in Group B in a game reduced to seven overs per side.
United Arab Emirates posted 159 for eight to beat Canada, who were bowled out for 123 in reply. Contributions of 36 in 27 balls from Mohammad Azam and 31 in 27 from Rohan Mustafa helped UAE set up a winning score despite Harvir Baidwan taking four wickets.
Ashish Bagai then struck 43 in 41 balls and Damodar Daesrath 30 in 21 before Canada fell short with Nasir Aziz returning three for 25.
Ireland moved to the brink of the semi-finals by dominating their clash with Uganda, which they won by 48 runs.
Gary Wilson hammered 40 in 27 balls, Niall O'Brien 35 not out in 41 and William Porterfield 33 in 17 to setup a score of 147 for four, which was more than enough.
Uganda had no answer to the experienced Irish bowling line-up and failed to break three figures, closing on 99 for seven.
George Dockrell and Paul Stirling took a brace of wickets apiece with Trent Johnston and Max Sorensen also taking a wicket each.
Hong Kong kept the pressure on Ireland with a comfortable 67-run win over the United States of America.
Jamie Atkinson hit 74 in 52 balls and Nizakat Khan 57 in 38 and their 118-run stand propelled Hong Kong from 43 for two to 161 for three and they closed on 169 for four.
In reply, several American batsmen made starts, but they were eventually bowled out for 102, none able to go further than Karan Ganesh, who made 29. Munir Dar returned four for 17 while Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed and Aizaz Khan all took two wickets.
Standings: Ireland 11 points, Hong Kong 10 points, United Arab Emirates 8 points, Namibia 4 points, Italy, Uganda, USA 3 points, Canada 2 points
Scotland followed up their comprehensive win over Papua New Guinea by beating the Netherlands.
Matt Machan hit six fours and a six in an unbeaten 67 in 46 balls and Rob Taylor, who starred with the ball against PNG, hammered 41 not out in 19 deliveries to lift Scotland to 165 for four. Richie Berrington had earlier given them a good start with 38 in 31.
Stephan Myburgh (18) and Michael Swart (22) gave the Dutch a good start and Wesley Barresi hit 70 not out in 49 balls but he was unable to find much support and as wickets fell, the Netherlands fell behind the required rate.
Majid Haq took three for 20 as they closed on 150 for six.
Afghanistan moved to the top of the group in their shortened game against Nepal, who set them 74 to win.
Gyanendra Malla (23 not in nine balls) and Sagar Pun (22) helped Nepal reach 73 for three but Afghanistan reached their target with four balls to spare.
Mohammad Shahzad led the way with an unbeaten 43 in 22 balls and after Nawroz Mangal hit 22 in 11, Mohammad Nabi helped Shahzad finish the game off with eight not out in five balls as Shahzad won the game with a six.
Denmark and Papua New Guinea were unable to begin their game in Sharjah due to the rain and take a point apiece.
Standings: Afghanistan 10 points, Netherlands 8 points, Kenya, Nepal, Scotland 6 points, Papua New Guinea 5 points, Bermuda 4 points, Denmark 1 point
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