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UAE Edge Closer To 2015 World Cup

UAE celebrate a wicket
The UAE spinners have been far too good for the Namibian batsmen in Sharjah.

United Arab Emirates 215 (Anwar 57) beat
Namibia 80 (Mustafa 3-8) by 135 runs
World Cricket League Championship, Sharjah

Another half-century from Shaiman Anwar and some more excellent spin bowling from the likes of Shadeep Silva and Khurram Khan gave the UAE another comprehensive win over Namibia in the World Cricket League Championship. They are now second in the table and will qualify for the 2015 World Cup unless Afghanistan win both of their matches against Kenya next week. The Netherlands, who were in second going into the match, can now finish no higher than third and will have to travel to New Zealand for the final qualifying tournament in January.

Namibia were bundled out for just 39 on Friday by the UAE spinners and were hardly any better today in making only 80. Xander Pitchers again top-scored, this time with 29, and was joined in double-figures by wicket-keeper Jaen Kotze (12) and captain Raymond van Schoor (10).

Shadeep Silva again did the early damage with his left-arm spin. He bowled both Louis van der Westhuizen and Stephan Baard with just nine on the board. His spin colleagues then took over. Rohan Mustafa (7-1-8-3) and skipper Khurram Khan (3-1-6-2) took five wickets between them and barely conceded a run.

Pitchers and Kotze had briefly taken Namibia to a position of respectability at 46 for two, but Pitchers was bowled by Ahmed Raza (4-1-14-1) and the rest soon followed.

In all, the match followed an almost identical path to that of the first one, with Anwar getting the UAE off to a good start with a half-century. He made 57 off 75 balls and was given useful support from Saqib Ali (29) during a second-wicket stand of 81.

They both fell in quick succession, but there were further contributions from Swapnil Patil (25) and Mustafa (39) as the UAE went 18 better than they managed two days ago in being bowled out for 215.

Medium-pacer Christi Viljoen emerged as the pick of the Namibia attack with four for 40. There were a brace of wickets for left-arm spinner van der Westhuizen, but the Namibians should find conditions much more to their liking in New Zealand than they have on the dustbowls of Sharjah. Seamers Stephaan Baard (9-0-29-2) and Tiaan Snyman (8-3-30-1) were also among the wickets.

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