May 24, 2008

World Cricket League

Germany beat the rain

Martin Williamson

Rain all but washed out the second day of the ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Jersey. In the only match to finish, Germany beat Vanautu by six wickets.

It is proving to be a tough tournament for Vanautu, who need two wins against Associate members if their own application for Associate membership of the ICC is to be successful next month. Yesterday they went down by 183 runs to Norway, and today's loss will set alarm bells ringing as it was again by a significant margin against one of the sides they would have been aiming to beat.

Yesterday it was their bowling, but today Vanautu's batsmen let them down as they were skittled out for 75 with Ehsan Latif the pick of Germany's bowlers with 4 for 27. An aggressive 32 from 34-year-old opener Anees Butt, who struck five fours and two sixes, helped Germany to their target in nine overs as they raced to beat the rain.

"It was the first Man-of-the-Match award I've got in my life and I'm pretty happy about my performance," said Latif. "I was just bowling normally and I didn't try any kind of variety. I just put it on the stumps and thankfully I got wickets."

All other matches were abandoned due to torrential and persistent rain. They have now been rescheduled to be replayed on Sunday, originally scheduled as a rest day.

In the games that did get some play before they were scrapped, Sushil Nadkarni added an unbeaten 47 to his 70 yesterday as USA reached 108 for 1 in 21 overs against Norway.

Mozambique had a let-off after being bowled out for 70 by Nepal, Basanta Regmi (5 for 8) and Binod Das (5 for 16) sharing the spoils. Nepal faced one ball before the rains came.

Peter Gough (76*) and Steve Carlyon (56*) put on an unbeaten 140 for Jersey's first wicket before the game against Japan went the same way. Singapore were 91 for 1 against Botswana while Afghanistan were wobbling on 105 for 5 against Bahamas.

RELATED LINKS

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

RSS Feeds: Martin Williamson

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by Turlough Kelly on (May 25, 2008, 17:56 GMT)

It wasn't much of a reprieve for Mozambique in the end...in today's rescheduled game they managed just 19 in response to Nepal's 238/7. Mahaboob Alam took 10-12. Must be an unique feat in an ICC competition.

Comments have now been closed for this article

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

All articles by this writer