May 31, 2007

World Cricket League

Argentina and Uganda into the final

Will Luke

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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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Posted by Sam on (June 4, 2007, 10:02 GMT)

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

Posted by R. Chandrashekhar on (June 4, 2007, 1:19 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.

Posted by marcus on (June 4, 2007, 0:41 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.

Posted by farhan on (June 3, 2007, 20:26 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

Posted by Terry Wise on (June 3, 2007, 14:25 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.

Posted by Iftikhar Ahmad on (June 3, 2007, 10:35 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.

Posted by Iftikhar Ahmad on (June 3, 2007, 10:35 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.

Posted by ayan on (June 3, 2007, 0:07 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..

Posted by Lomas AC WEB on (June 2, 2007, 13:54 GMT)

Felicitaciones (Congratulations) Adrián

Posted by Zahir Doekhie on (June 2, 2007, 12:48 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?

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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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