World Cricket League May 31, 2007

Argentina and Uganda into the final

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Uganda and Argentina have been promoted to Division Two of the World Cricket League following their march into the final of Division Three in Darwin. Division Two, in Namibia, gets underway in November.

1st semi-final

Esteban MacDermott, the Argentina captain, produced a match-winning performance when he captured 4 for 20 to bowl out the Cayman Islands for 102 in the 40th over. Steve Gordon, who scored a century in the opening game against Tanzania, top-scored with 38 but only Saheed Mohamed (29) and Keniel Irving (19) reached double figures. Argentina's chase began poorly, stumbling to 58 for 4, but Alejandro Ferguson saw them through to the final with a composed 25.

"The boys could have easily lost focus or confidence after the one-wicket defeat against Italy," MacDermott said, "but they remained committed and stayed on track because they trusted their instincts. This is the reward for their dedication and continuous hard work.

"The credit for our promotion to Division 2 not only goes to the team but to the entire support staff and all those who backed us all the way. Our performance in the tournament shows how rapidly cricket is growing in our country where soccer remains the first-choice sport."

2nd semi-final

Uganda held its nerve to beat Papua New Guinea by one wicket with only four balls to spare at Tracy Village thanks to a brilliant 43 from Keneth Kamyuka, who added 15 for the last wicket with Charles Waiswa. Chasing 204, Roger Mukasa got Uganda off to a good start with a slick 43 from just 34 balls at the top of the order. But PNG hit back to cause a middle-order slump, Jamie Brazier bowling beautifully to pick up 4 for 17 from his 10 overs, but Kanyuka and Lawrence Sematimba combined to take them closer. And although wickets continued to tumble Kamyuka and Waiswa held their nerve to take Uganda into the final against Argentina.

"Obviously now we want to win the final and have immediately set our eyes at Argentina, but for the time being we want to enjoy this achievement because when we left our shores, the target was to qualify for the final and earn a place in Division 2," Joel Olweny, the Uganda captain, said. "It has been a very tense and pressurised match and the boys have more than one reason to celebrate. The boys really deserve it."

Plate semi-finals

In the plate semi-finals, Hong Kong registered their first win of the series when they beat Italy by 39 runs. Hong Kong, batting first, scored 195 in 50 overs and then dismissed Italy for 146 in 45 overs with Ilyas Gull, the captain, picking up impressive figures of 3 for 37 and Zaheer Abbas and Najeeb Amar scooping two wickets each. In the plate final on Saturday, Hong Kong will face Tanzania who beat Fiji by three wickets.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sam on June 4, 2007, 9:02 GMT

    I'm waiting to see India play Argentina in front of a packed Beunos Aires crowd... :) Go Argentina...

  • R. Chandrashekhar on June 4, 2007, 0:19 GMT

    It is indeed a very positive sign in world cricket that many new entrants are emerging in international cricket. This will help in the global access of the game.

  • marcus on June 3, 2007, 23:41 GMT

    Well done to both of those teams. It's nice to see that the two best actually have home-grown players representing them, but the real surprise for me was that the Italian team had actual Italians playing for them! Nice to know that cricket's growing all over the world.

  • farhan on June 3, 2007, 19:26 GMT

    well done Uganda next task is Namibia, hoping that you go all the way into ICC trophy and then into world cup ,why you don't get benefits from Kenya and Tanzania by playing more and more matches with these neighbours countries ,comon Uganda

  • Terry Wise on June 3, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    Congrats to the Ugandan cricket team. They made it a day for all Ugandans to be proud. First winning the Div 3 final and the Cranes (Uganda's soccer team) beat the Mighty Eagles (Nigeria)in Kampala. Well done all.

  • Iftikhar Ahmad on June 3, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    I like the country Argentina and when I read their progress in cricket feels very satisfied. Cricket doing great in Latin America and ICC continue to help all associate members to enlarge the arena of global cricket.

  • Iftikhar Ahmad on June 3, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    I like the country Argentina and when I read their progress in cricket feels very satisfied. Cricket doing great in Latin America and ICC continue to help all associate members to enlarge the arena of global cricket.

  • ayan on June 2, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    congrats to all the teams which participated.. its good to see that countries like Italy are playing at this level.. hope to see cricket flourish all over..

  • Lomas AC WEB on June 2, 2007, 12:54 GMT

    Felicitaciones (Congratulations) Adrián

  • Zahir Doekhie on June 2, 2007, 11:48 GMT

    Congrats to Uganda and Argentina. Sorry Argentina didn't made it, but they still going to WL D2. What's the next America's region tournament(s)? Can someone put the structure for me, especially for Suriname?

  • Sam on June 4, 2007, 9:02 GMT

    I'm waiting to see India play Argentina in front of a packed Beunos Aires crowd... :) Go Argentina...

  • R. Chandrashekhar on June 4, 2007, 0:19 GMT

    It is indeed a very positive sign in world cricket that many new entrants are emerging in international cricket. This will help in the global access of the game.

  • marcus on June 3, 2007, 23:41 GMT

    Well done to both of those teams. It's nice to see that the two best actually have home-grown players representing them, but the real surprise for me was that the Italian team had actual Italians playing for them! Nice to know that cricket's growing all over the world.

  • farhan on June 3, 2007, 19:26 GMT

    well done Uganda next task is Namibia, hoping that you go all the way into ICC trophy and then into world cup ,why you don't get benefits from Kenya and Tanzania by playing more and more matches with these neighbours countries ,comon Uganda

  • Terry Wise on June 3, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    Congrats to the Ugandan cricket team. They made it a day for all Ugandans to be proud. First winning the Div 3 final and the Cranes (Uganda's soccer team) beat the Mighty Eagles (Nigeria)in Kampala. Well done all.

  • Iftikhar Ahmad on June 3, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    I like the country Argentina and when I read their progress in cricket feels very satisfied. Cricket doing great in Latin America and ICC continue to help all associate members to enlarge the arena of global cricket.

  • Iftikhar Ahmad on June 3, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    I like the country Argentina and when I read their progress in cricket feels very satisfied. Cricket doing great in Latin America and ICC continue to help all associate members to enlarge the arena of global cricket.

  • ayan on June 2, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    congrats to all the teams which participated.. its good to see that countries like Italy are playing at this level.. hope to see cricket flourish all over..

  • Lomas AC WEB on June 2, 2007, 12:54 GMT

    Felicitaciones (Congratulations) Adrián

  • Zahir Doekhie on June 2, 2007, 11:48 GMT

    Congrats to Uganda and Argentina. Sorry Argentina didn't made it, but they still going to WL D2. What's the next America's region tournament(s)? Can someone put the structure for me, especially for Suriname?

  • gerhard on June 1, 2007, 22:40 GMT

    The comments here show that there is real cricket enthusiasm "beyond the test world" (home-grown and expat) and that Uganda and Argentina are emblematic of this. I hope more countries get cricket websites (like the great Chile website for example -well done, awaiting a recent update though) Thanks for this great blog and the option to comment. Keep it up.

  • Alan Barron on June 1, 2007, 21:31 GMT

    Stoneywood-Dyce CC (Aberdeen, Scotland) are watching the performances of Messrs Dugmore, Savage & MacDermott with interest. Nice to see the SDCC alumni doing well. A huge well done to all our friends in Argentine cricket!

  • Diego Maradona on June 1, 2007, 19:19 GMT

    I think the ICC should increase the 20-20 world championship to more countries or at least have a 2nd tier tournament running parallel with the main competition. We need countries like Uganda, Argentina to be in the spotlight and in major competitions. This gives them something to play for and will expose the game to more people because of the media and press coverage. However, seeing how there was quite a few mismatches at the recent world cup, I feel the 20-20 will be the best way to expose the lesser nations to the world.

  • Malcolm Gibson on June 1, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    Best of luck Argentina in the final match of the tournament. Try your best and give 150% effort. At home we will stay up all night and follow the game via cel phone from our supporters at the field of play. Congratulations to our team made up almost entirely by Argentine born and bred players. Malcolm Gibson

  • David Gibson on June 1, 2007, 17:00 GMT

    C'mon Argentina, in the land of the Aussies, the world champions, all of us back home wish you all the best and we are all with you and the team officials. Best of luck and congratulations on your achievements.

  • gerhard on June 1, 2007, 16:09 GMT

    It is great to hear that Argentina is a real example for other Latin American countries regarding home-grown talent (thanks for those pointing this out). That is probably one of the reasons why they have a much bigger player base and and can compete at this level internationally. I hope this spreading of the game happens in more emerging Latin American cricket countries - there are positive signs.

  • Krishna on June 1, 2007, 13:48 GMT

    Felicitaciones a la Argentina y a Uganda Its great to see Cricket is expanding all over the world. Hearty congratulations for Argentina & Uganda. Hope they will emerge into International cricket very soon. ICC should encourage more countries by funding to build good infrastructure and quality coaching. Buena suerte a la Argentina y a Uganda en futuro.

  • BillBo Georg on June 1, 2007, 13:28 GMT

    way to go! U all have doen us proud!! steady the mid order and we shall be singing the Uganda anthem on the subcontinent. best wishes tomorrow!

  • Norman in Brazil on June 1, 2007, 12:47 GMT

    During the recent World Cup it became quite fashionable to bash the ICC at every turn. Here in South America, however, the ICC has done a tremendous job in the past several years to help grow the great game, not only in Argentina, which is currently doing our region proud, but also in Brazil, Chile, Peru and Surinam, where cricket continues to make huge strides under the ICC's guidance. There is not enough space here to list everything the ICC has done for cricket in South America, but those of us who play here are deeply grateful for their ongoing support. Although Argentina is deservedly in the spotlight at the moment, in years to come you'll be hearing more from these other countries as well.

  • Joseph Williams on June 1, 2007, 12:34 GMT

    Felicitaciones Argentina! Everyone from here in Chile is supporting you and wishing you the best. Way to fly the flag for Latin American cricket!

  • Rolo on June 1, 2007, 10:24 GMT

    Good Work guys!!!! y VAMOS NENE!!!!!!!

  • Moses Ssebaggala on June 1, 2007, 10:18 GMT

    Well done guys! You've done Uganda proud. The unbeaten run should go until the end and should be a good start to Div 2 as well. That's not to undermine Argentina but East, West ....

  • Wire on June 1, 2007, 10:09 GMT

    Kudos to Uganda for having done us proud. Truthfully, Uganda was just relegated from the upper division a few years ago but we certainly deserve to go back there and represent. I do hope that the US$ 500,000 annual grant will go a long way in helping us take cricket to the next level. I am more than optimistic that we shall prove ourselves come Namibia later this year. Our only undoing is the heavy drop out of cricketers for professional jobs which are paying. Cricket in Uganda is still amateur and there is nothing it brings to the table of any player apart from "honours". Way to go guys and am also happy for Argentina too which seems to have beaten all odds to prove itself. For the rest of the teams, keep trying, there is always another time.

  • Ramson on June 1, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    Congratulations to Argentina and Uganda for moving up the ladder in world cricket with home grown players. I am from Hong Kong and am very disappointed to see that in spite of HK having a team full of expats (Pakistani,British & Australia )we played badly and were beaten pushed down the ladder. Hope the HKCA breed home grown players and learn a lesson that in the long run the team would benefit like Argentina and Uganda has shown in having faith in Home grown players.

  • farhan on June 1, 2007, 6:21 GMT

    Good for the game that local bred players from such nations are taking interest in this beautiful game. That's the only way these teams can improve and have some impact on cricket ... best of luck for these emerging nations.

  • Coco on June 1, 2007, 3:56 GMT

    Congrats Argentina!!!!... Go for it!!!!! Is amazing to see how you effort to succeed in a international tournament with unprofessional players and in a country where football seems to be the only sport!!!! Congratulations again!

  • maxi rothen on June 1, 2007, 1:50 GMT

    Congratulations to all the ARG staff,

  • Nafi Karim on June 1, 2007, 1:29 GMT

    Well, just commenting on some of the comments about home bred teams, well most of the teams in division three are home bred, meaning most players being born in the respective countries, except Hong Kong and Italy which are full of expats but six out of eight being home grown is a very encouraging sign.

  • Allan Magambo on June 1, 2007, 0:31 GMT

    Guys thanks for showing the rest we can still compete at the highest level. I know will go one better in Namibia. Kudos

  • Stephen Ward on May 31, 2007, 23:41 GMT

    I've had the real pleasure of being able to watch a few of the games, both the warm-ups last week and the real work this week. The players from all teams have been a credit to their countries and to the game.

    Argentina will go into the Grand Final as sentimental favourites, because Australians love the underdog. But Uganda's athleticism is going to make them hard to beat. Whichever way it goes, it should be a great day's cricket.

  • Diego Maradona on May 31, 2007, 22:25 GMT

    Its good to see Argentina doing well. Most of their players, if not all, seem to be born in Argentina and have whole or part Latin names. Some of the players with English sounding surnames like Ferguson have Latin sounding first names. There is a lot of talent in Uganda as well. Its a real shame they don't have the proper funding and facilities or else they may well be much better than they currently are. That Kenneth Kamyuka seems to be a bit of a star and has been for a number of years despite his youth.

  • Prashant on May 31, 2007, 20:23 GMT

    I am an Indian living in Argentina, and its nice to see the growth of cricket in a country where football dominates. congrats Argentinian team.....best of luck in the finals!!!!!!

  • MIKE RYAN on May 31, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations to all the team and staff for this great achievement and also to those players who worked so hard and didn´t make it into the final squad.

    Would also like to point out that 12 of the players were born and bread in Argentina and remaining two are South Africans who have settled in our country 10 years back.

    All Latin American countries must carry on with the hard work of spreading this great game!!!

  • gerhard on May 31, 2007, 18:59 GMT

    The spread of cricket in Africa and Latin America is a good sign. Uganda is a welcome future addition to the big names of Africa with home-grown talent - many are watching their progress with interest. In Latin America it is still more an ex pat game but very slowly locals are being introduced more and more (from a South African living in Mexico)

  • ismail on May 31, 2007, 18:40 GMT

    This achievement finds even more merit when you consider that none of their players are professionals. a big first step. with more hard work and support from the ICC, who knows, Argentina may do an Ireland.

  • ian kavuma on May 31, 2007, 18:09 GMT

    Am so thrilled with Uganda's performance in the on going division three ICC tournament they well deserve to be there unfortunately talent disappears as cricket cannot solely earn you a decent living we need to put this to an end as the world's greatest game picks interest.

  • farhan on May 31, 2007, 18:02 GMT

    Well done Uganda. Keep on ... you got lots of young players and more importantly they all are Uganda born guys so hope you go all the way to World Cup. This is the best result I think.

  • Kartik on May 31, 2007, 17:24 GMT

    It is heartening to see the spread of cricket in Latin America. Hope the ICC provides them with good funding and coaching infrastructure.

  • Jonathan Culley on May 31, 2007, 17:15 GMT

    Congratulations to all the team members and staff!!!

  • Nafi Karim on May 31, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    That's the best possible outcome I guess, good job and good luck to Argentina and Uganda. Though, I feel bad for PNG.

  • pablo siracusa on May 31, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    i'm from argentina, and back home we are very very proud of this achievment, people here are talking of us making history. Best of lucks to the team tomorrow

  • ASIF on May 31, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    Viva la ARgentina, Buenos Tristes la llamos sociedad

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  • ASIF on May 31, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    Viva la ARgentina, Buenos Tristes la llamos sociedad

  • pablo siracusa on May 31, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    i'm from argentina, and back home we are very very proud of this achievment, people here are talking of us making history. Best of lucks to the team tomorrow

  • Nafi Karim on May 31, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    That's the best possible outcome I guess, good job and good luck to Argentina and Uganda. Though, I feel bad for PNG.

  • Jonathan Culley on May 31, 2007, 17:15 GMT

    Congratulations to all the team members and staff!!!

  • Kartik on May 31, 2007, 17:24 GMT

    It is heartening to see the spread of cricket in Latin America. Hope the ICC provides them with good funding and coaching infrastructure.

  • farhan on May 31, 2007, 18:02 GMT

    Well done Uganda. Keep on ... you got lots of young players and more importantly they all are Uganda born guys so hope you go all the way to World Cup. This is the best result I think.

  • ian kavuma on May 31, 2007, 18:09 GMT

    Am so thrilled with Uganda's performance in the on going division three ICC tournament they well deserve to be there unfortunately talent disappears as cricket cannot solely earn you a decent living we need to put this to an end as the world's greatest game picks interest.

  • ismail on May 31, 2007, 18:40 GMT

    This achievement finds even more merit when you consider that none of their players are professionals. a big first step. with more hard work and support from the ICC, who knows, Argentina may do an Ireland.

  • gerhard on May 31, 2007, 18:59 GMT

    The spread of cricket in Africa and Latin America is a good sign. Uganda is a welcome future addition to the big names of Africa with home-grown talent - many are watching their progress with interest. In Latin America it is still more an ex pat game but very slowly locals are being introduced more and more (from a South African living in Mexico)

  • MIKE RYAN on May 31, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations to all the team and staff for this great achievement and also to those players who worked so hard and didn´t make it into the final squad.

    Would also like to point out that 12 of the players were born and bread in Argentina and remaining two are South Africans who have settled in our country 10 years back.

    All Latin American countries must carry on with the hard work of spreading this great game!!!