UAE Replace PNG At The Top
The United Arab Emirates beat Papua New Guinea to replace them at the top of the Super Six table as the next stage of ICC World Cup Qualifier 2014 got underway in New Zealand.
In the other Super Six matches, Kenya beat Hong Kong to keep their chances of qualification for the 2015 World Cup alive while the Scotland-Namibia match will resume tomorrow (27th January) after rain stopped play.
Elsewhere, the Netherlands beat Nepal and Canada beat Uganda and will now play each other in a play-off for seventh place in the tournament.
Khurram Khan's century set up a convincing 150-run win for the United Arab Emirates over Papua New Guinea and it was an innings that helped side recover from a poor start.
Pipi Raho struck twice to reduce UAE to 18 for two but Khurram went on to make 138 in 145 balls to help UAE reach 280 before they were bowled out.
Vikrant Shetty (35) and Swapnil Patel (29) gave Khurram decent support while Willie Gavera finished with three for 39.
In a mirror image of UAE's innings, PNG were also 18 for two but unlike UAE, they were unable to recover.
Instead, they slipped to 45 for five as Mohammad Naveed and Manjula Guruge took two wickets apiece and as Amjad Javed then went on to score four for 26, PNG were all out for 130 in just 28.3 overs.
Kenya beat Hong Kong by 10 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method to keep their chances alive.
Needing to win all three of their Super Six games to progress, they started well by reducing Hong Kong to three for two only for Jamie Atkinson (85), Babar Hyat (45 not out) and Mark Chapman (30) to help them close on 254 for eight.
Lameck Onyango led Kenya's charge with four for 29 and Steve Tikolo returned three for 54.
Irfan Karim then made 82 in 98 balls as Kenya chased strongly despite losing the wickets of Alex Obanda (6), Ragheb Aga (28) and Collins Obuya (8).
Karim fell to Nadeem Ahmed in the 37th over which left Maurice Ouma and Rakep Patel with the task of taking the Africans home.
And they were on course to do so, with Ouma on 69, and Patel on 24, when rain ended the game in the 46th over with Kenya 10 runs ahead of the par score, on 223 for four.
Scotland and Namibia will come back tomorrow to complete their match.
Thanks to Matt Machan's 78, Richie Berrington's 51 and Preston Mommsen's 46 Scotland posted 279 for nine with Bernard Scholtz taking three for 55.
Namibia had reached 59 for two in 12.1 overs when play was called off the day after Rob Taylor had dismissed Louis van der Westhuizen for nine and Sarel Burger for 13.
UAE 4 points, NRR 0.9297
PNG 4 points, NRR 0.0034
Scotland 2 points, NRR 0.4615
Hong Kong 2 points, NRR -0.132
Kenya 2 points, NRR -0.2170
Namibia 2 points, NRR -1.1254
All teams have played three matches, except Scotland and Namibia, whose third game will be completed tomorrow.
Positional Play-Off Games
The Netherlands wrapped up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Nepal to qualify for the seventh place play-off.
Early wickets from Mudassar Bukhari, Peter Borren and Vivian Kingma reduced Nepal to 39 for four and although Sharad Vesawkar led a rally with 42 and captain Paras Khadka made 29, Nepal could only finish on 171 for nine.
Ahsan Malik finished as the leading bowler with three for 21.
The Dutch lost Stephan Myburgh for five but with Eric Szwarczynski hitting 56, Peter Borren an unbeaten 45 and Wesley Barresi 31, they were hardly headed, easing home in 31.5 overs.
They will play Canada who beat Uganda by 59 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Parth Desai took four for 29 as Uganda were bowled out for 149 in the final over with Hamza Almuzahim top scoring with 33.
Canada had then raced to 119 for one in 29 overs with Ruvindu Gunasekera unbeaten on 52 and Jimmy Hansra not out on 43 when rain stopped play with them well ahead of a par score of just 60.
27th January: Scotland v Namibia (to a finish)
28th January: Hong Kong v Namibia, Kenya v UAE, PNG v Scotland
28th January: Canada v Netherlands (7th place), Nepal v Uganda (9th place)
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