March 23, 2009


Associates continue preparations in South Africa

Martin Williamson

The preparations for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers continued in South Africa at the weekend.

Ryan Watson led from the front in Scotland’s win over Westerns in Pretoria, his 73 guiding them home after being set a modest target of 170. “It was a good result and important to get our first go out in the middle,” coach Pete Steindl said. “There are one or two areas that need to be worked on but we also had some good individual performances."

Ireland’s batsmen were in good form as they piled up 309 for 8 against Eastern Province, William Porterfield’s 97 the main innings, but a weakened bowling attack was in less inspired mood as the hosts squeezed to a one-wicket win with two balls in hand.

On Friday, Netherlands beat Boland Academy by 29 runs, but it took a superb sixth-wicket stand of 174 between Mudassar Bukhari and Peter Borren to dig them out of a hole. Bukhari finished on 128 not out from 100 balls, Borren with 74 from 79.


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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (April 6, 2009, 8:53 GMT)

Namibia has been a disappointment in the tournament so far. Although UAE and Uganda have come out as surprise packets. With the league round only half way through, it seems that Bermuda will lose its ODI even before the beginning of the Super-8 round.

Posted by Hafizullah on (March 25, 2009, 11:29 GMT)

Good Luck Afghanistan! the fans of Afghan Cricket team is waiting impatiently for the World Cup qualifing tournament which due to be held in South Africa within a week.Afghan people are now more interested in cricket as their champions made it possible to reach the last and important stage of qualification for 2011 Cricket World Cup. We are proud of our team and wish and pray them all the success for the upcomming wonderful event. And i also appreciate any efforts and assistance (by any one)made in this regard to provide opportunities for the war ravaged country to start and play from nothing and reveal as one of the challenging side for other teams. I want from my national team to come forward to the ground with all talents and experience and importantly more confidence. And their supporters will not forgive them in their prayers to see our team in the world Cup or at least in one day international match against strong teams like Australia and India. Wish my team all the success.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (March 25, 2009, 6:11 GMT)

All the good luck to upcoming teams like Afghanistan and Namibia.

Dear Martin/Will,

Can anybody answer that which matched of the ICC-WCQ tournament will get the ODI status? What I understand that the top six teams of the tournament will get the ODI status replacing the existing set of associate nations that played in 2007 world cup. When will this come into effect, will it be immediately after the WCQ or after a certain pre-decided date.

Best Regards, Vikram Maingi

Posted by Haji Mohammad on (March 24, 2009, 3:59 GMT)

Lets cheer to AFGHANISTAN CRICKET TEAM. They are the emerging team for the last three years. Hope they will make upsets and qualify for the World Cup. Wish you all the best AFGHANISTAN CRICKET TEAM.

Posted by Nasir Ahmad Khogiani on (March 23, 2009, 13:03 GMT)

Hey lets count down the days hearts are shaking, sleep has gone away and every team is worry about the opposition WHAT an amazing tournament wish to all teams best luck SUPERB AFGHANISTAN please show your strength just on this spot we are all waiting and praying.

Good Luck

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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.

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