World Cup 2015 Qualifiers January 15, 2014

Viljoen stars in Namibia 91-run win

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Christi Viljoen's all-round heroics helped Namibia to a crushing 91-run win over Netherlands in Mount Maunganui. Batting first, Namibia's openers added 35 in 6.2 overs before both departed in quick succession. Sarel Burger, the captain, and Craig Williams built on their good work by adding 57 runs for the third wicket. Although Netherlands struck twice in three overs, Namibia were well in control as Gerrie Snyman (74) and Viljoen (46*) compiled an 85-run partnership to help take Namibia to 253 for 6. Mudassar Bukhari was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 40.

The Netherlands chase began with Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi falling for low scores as Netherlands stumbled to 25 for 2. Peter Borren, the captain, and Stephan Myburgh added 40 before things came undone as Viljoen and Bernard Scholtz plucked three wickets in quick succession to leave Netherlands at a precarious 66 for 5. Michael Rippon hit a plucky 44 off 73 balls, but couldn't keep the chase on course as Netherlands succumbed to a 91-run loss. Viljoen once again starred with figures of 4 for 33.

UAE captain Khurram Khan put in a solid performance with bat and ball to ensure his side maintained their undefeated record in New Zealand as they recorded a comfortable 80-run win over Canada in Rangiora. UAE posted an imposing 286 for 6 after winning the toss and batting first in an innings highlighted by a 130-run second wicket partnership between Khurram (88) and Amjad Ali (91). Khurram - who also picked up a fine for disciplinary breaches during the game - was eventually run out with six overs remaining while Ali was bowled by Khurram Chohan, who finished with Canada's best figures on the day taking 3 for 65, but the rest of the Canadian attack lacked penetration.

In reply, Canada's top order was wiped out inside of five overs to leave them struggling at 9 for 3 before captain Jimmy Hansra partnered with Raza-ur-Rehman to resuscitate the innings with an 89-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, UAE's bowling unit managed to keep the run rate down and Khurram eventually broke the stand by dismissing Rehman at the start of the 30th over for 43. With the required run rate getting out of hand and victory unlikely, Canada focused on batting out all 50 overs. Hansra finished on 100 not out off 119 balls as Canada ended on 206 for 6. Khurram was named Man of the Match after finishing with 2 for 35 in nine overs to go along with his first innings half-century.

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  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    @OttowaRocks, they used this system in the 1999 world cup and it worked very well. There is just as much chance of all the teams going through with one win each as there is with the scenario you describe. At the end of the day the best two teams are more than likely to progress I would reckon, I just don't think Canada is one of them. The rest of the world is catching up and in some cases going past, Kenya is in the same boat. It's not going to hurt cricket to see a couple of new faces in the World Cup!

    @Shambu, I think the ICC is doing more than enough for associate cricket, it's really up to those nations to take advantage of what's on offer. Ireland and Aghanistan get stronger with every tournament that passes and teams like Nepal have huge support, as you would know! I would love to see Nepal qualify for the WC but don't be heartbroken if they do not because Nepal as a cricketing nation is getting noticed and you are well located to take advantage of it! Good luck!

  • Morne on January 15, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    What a great start for the NAM boys. Well done to Sarel and the team, hope you can keep it up to qualify.

  • D on January 15, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    The super 6 system where teams get to carry points to the next round is the stupidest system for a tourney to have. Why? Because it does not fairly award teams based on the team's REAL strength. Let me give you an example. Team A has 2 wins against teams making the Super 6s and Team B has 2 wins against teams eliminated from the Super 6s. In terms of overall strength, i.e., number of wins, both teams A and B are equal yet only Team A gets to take points into the next round. Bogus! I completely disagree with this system. I'm happy this system is not used in any other sport that I follow, of which I follow many.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    This series alludes the burgeoning quality balance among many associate nations i.e. every countries can produce result in their side when they have their's crucial achievement in expansion of cricket scope throughout the world.......ICC should think on it and should work very hard to bring in these countries on the glorious exposure-zone in the days ahead....wish ICC does mean it.

  • Stephen on January 15, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Didn't see this result coming, really thought the Netherlands would waltz to victory in this match. It opens the group right up with Netherlands, Namibia, PNG & Kenya all realistic chances of getting through to the super 6's. Uganda I can't see getting through however. Well done to Namibia for getting their campaign off to such a great start.

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