Associates March 23, 2009

Associates continue preparations in South Africa

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

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.

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

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  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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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