May 30, 2007

World Cricket League

Argentina and Papua New Guinea into semi-finals

Will Luke

Argentina and Papua New Guinea (PNG) complete the semi-final line-up of the World Cricket League Division 3 after recording impressive victories on the last day of the group matches in Darwin. Argentina take on Cayman Islands in the semi-finals tomorrow, while PNG meet Uganda.

Group A

Argentina routed Fiji for 44 inside 22 overs before knocking off the target in 30 balls. Esteban Nino, bowling with impressive pace, took 4 for 16 while Gary Savage and Diego Lord shared the remaining six. At one stage, Fiji were 9 for 7; that they reached the lofty heights of 44 owed much to Vuiyasawa Mateiwaqa's 16 and 15 extras. Lucas Paterlini and Grant Dugmore knocked off the required runs in the fifth over.

PNG beat Italy by eight wickets, but it was their superior net run-rate which edged them into the semi-finals, after both teams were tied following two wins each. PNG, who suffered a shock five-wicket defeat against Argentina on Tuesday, had to beat the Italians by a convincing margin to earn a berth in the last four. They did just that, dismissing Italy for 134 before cruising to their target in the 34th over. Arua Uda top-scored with 58 from 92 balls.

Group B

Poor shot selection from the Cayman Islands condemned them to a 26-run defeat to Uganda. Both teams had already qualified for the semis on Tuesday but Uganda put in an excellent allround performance, dismissing Cayman Islands for 127 in the 47th over with Charles Waiswa picking up 2 for 21. Uganda's 153 was led by Arthur Kyobe, the 18-year-old, who struck 37 from 64 balls.

Tanzania tasted its first win of the tournament, overpowering Hong Kong by five wickets. Hong Kong made 161, with Rahul Sharma notching 43 while Bhavesh Govind took 3 for 31. Tanzania cruised home with Abhik Patwa and Rishen Patel putting on 77 for the opening stand, edging over the line in the 47th over.

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Posted by Rajesh.R on (May 31, 2007, 12:25 GMT)

Dear OB, i've played representative cricket in India and in the UK in the lancashire league, and believe me, the Fijian team of the 80s could give a scare to the lesser placed Ranji teams of my era. So for argentina to decimate them means there's some quality coming up. Instead of whining, p'haps we should feel glad and praise their efforts. Cheers and may the cricketing tribe increase. Btw, tamim iqbal, yo mahesh, shahriyar nafees,ishant sharma,are all schoolboays, as were a certain mr. tendulkar and afridi and miandad, when they made their debuts. So mebbe it aint such a bad thing, what u said:D

Posted by stunner on (May 31, 2007, 8:23 GMT)

lets hope for US vs. Iran match in WC 2019!!!

Posted by anoop on (May 31, 2007, 5:32 GMT)

It'll be nice if these teams appear in forthcoming World Cups.They have to gain ability and experience by playing against England's county teams and Ranji teams in India. Thanks to ICC for their efforts. 2019 WC -India v Argentina ?

Posted by Nafi Karim on (May 31, 2007, 3:26 GMT)

Get a clue next time, ob, before commenting stuff like that. Well done PNG and Argentina! But the sad thing is, the best two teams PNG and Uganda is going to meat in the semis thus one will not move to the WCL division 2.

Posted by feiaz samad on (May 31, 2007, 3:14 GMT)

Well I feel happy that cricket is playing all over the world hope cricket becomes the world biggest sport in the next couple of years

Posted by Ignorants on (May 31, 2007, 1:45 GMT)

Stop being rude. Cricket needs to develop in these nations.

Posted by Jeet on (May 31, 2007, 1:44 GMT)

ob, don't know where you are from but just to let you know that in late 80s Bangladesh, early 1970s Sri Lanka AND IN EARLY 1950s New Zealand were looked upon the same way. So, as John Baker said - 2011, don't be surprised. (Ireland and Scotland should be an example).

Posted by Jay on (May 31, 2007, 0:44 GMT)

Yeah.. they are trying to qualify for the 2011 WC and in the process they are also ticking time bombs for teams like India and Pakistan who could lose to any one of them.

Posted by CED on (May 31, 2007, 0:12 GMT)

Mark my words. ARGENTINA IS LOSING THE SEMI FINAL!! They just had luck.

Posted by Nada Flores Vega on (May 30, 2007, 23:55 GMT)

¡Vamos Argentina todavìa!

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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