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The World Cricket League Division Three got off to an action-packed start in Darwin on Sunday.
Group AItaly scrambled to a one-run victory over Argentina after Argentina had seemed to be strolling to victory when 159 for 5 chasing 176 to win. But the Italians grabbed five wickets for 15 runs, including the last four wickets for three runs, as Argentina were bowled out for 174. Din Alaud was the most successful bowler with 3 for 29 while Troy Crosland bagged 2 for 15. Donald Forrester was Argentina's top-scorer, scoring 66 in 83 balls with six fours and a six.
Christopher Amini's unbeaten 71 held Papua New Guinea's innings together as they defeated Fiji by one-wicket. PNG, chasing a victory target of 139, were seemingly down and out as they slipped to 105 for 8 and then 125 for 9. But Amini batted sensibly before hitting the winning boundary off the penultimate delivery.
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