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UAE Thrash Namibia To Keep World Cup Dream Alive

Shaiman Anwar drives
Shaiman Anwar was the only player from either side to pass 50.

United Arab Emirates 197 (Anwar 54) beat
Namibia 39 (Khurram 3-2) by 158 runs
World Cricket League Championship, Sharjah

Namibia’s dreadful tour of the UAE continued as they lost the first of two World Cricket League Championship matches in Sharjah by the huge margin of 158 runs. This comes off the back of defeat inside two days in their ICC Intercontinental Cup match.

The UAE mustered just 197 after being invited to bat as Louis van der Westhuizen took three for 31. However, it proved more than enough as Namibia collapsed to be all out for just 39. Shadeep Silva, Ahmed Raza and Khurram Khan each took three wickets.

The win keeps alive the UAE’s hopes of securing an automatic spot in the 2015 World Cup by finishing in the top two in the table. If they win the second match on Sunday and Afghanistan lose twice to Kenya next month, then they will join Ireland in the 2015 World Cup without the need to enter the final qualifying tournament next year.

UAE coach and former Pakistan fast bowler Aqib Javed was delighted with his side’s performance and told the ICC website: “The bowlers held up really well in the conditions, and I was particularly pleased with Shadeep Silva’s performance. The batting in the middle order was also very good; Rohan Mustafa and Mohammad Shafiq did an excellent job. And of course so did Shaiman Anwar, and he is now only a few runs off being the leading run-scorer of the tournament.”

Anwar top-scored in the low-scoring match with 54 off 69 balls at the top of the order and helped hold together the hosts’ innings early on as van der Westhuizen and Tiann Snyman (2-12) threatened to derail it.

Unfortunately, his dismissal at the hands of Namibia captain Raymond van Schoor made it 95 for five and it was left to Mustafa and Shafiq to help the UAE post a respectable total. The pair added 79 for the sixth-wicket, with Mustafa making 29 and 39 year-old Shafiq hitting 43 off only 40 balls.

Namibia - fielding three debutants and well out of the reckoning for a top two spot - lost an early wicket as 17 year-old Michau du Preez was caught off Silva in the first over. Number three Stephan Baard soon followed as the innings became a procession of Namibian batsmen walking to and fro between the middle and the pavilion.

Only Xander Pitchers reached double figures with 13, as Raza followed up the good work from Silva by dispensing with the middle-order and skipper Khurram Khan brought himself on to clean up the tail.

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