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April 6, 2009
Players/Officials: Amjad Javed | Sarel Burger | David Hemp | Junior Kwebiha | Neil McCallum | Kennedy Otieno | Morris Ouma | Daan van Bunge
Series/Tournaments: ICC World Cup Qualifiers
Bermuda's loss to Kenya at Potchefstroom, coupled with UAE's win over Denmark, has left them on the brink of elimination from the competition and the loss of their ODI status. They need to beat the in-form Dutch in their final game and hope Afghanistan lose to UAE to remain in the tournament.
David Hemp's unbeaten century carried them to 259 for 5 but it was no match for Kenya, who won by seven wickets with five overs remaining. Maurice Ouma (57) and Kennedy Otieno (63) put on 98 for the first wicket, after which the captain Steve Tikolo hit an unbeaten 60 and added 88 with Collins Obuya, who made 43 not out. Kenya faced few difficulties in their chase and sit at the top of their group with three wins from four games.
At Potchefstroom, the UAE completed a 112-run win over Denmark, who suffered their fourth straight loss. The opener Amjad Javed hit a blistering 164 from 117 balls, laced with 17 fours and eight sixes, and there were handy contributions from Khurram Khan (56 from 37 balls) and Nithin Gopal (35) to go with a clutch of smaller scores. From 233 for 4 in the 37th over - thanks to Michael Pedersen (60), his older brother Carsten (58), and Freddie Klokker (77) - Denmark were all out for 267 in 44.4 overs. It was a dramatic collapse and Denmark had only themselves to blame for there were four run-outs along the way.
Netherlands won their third match by defeating Afghanistan by five wickets at Vanderbijlpark. Having chosen to field Netherlands kept Afghanistan to 204 for 9, with Ryan ten Doeschate and Mudassar Bukhari sharing six wickets. Only one Afghanistan batsman crossed fifty, the opener Karim Khan with 72. Netherlands stumbled a bit at the top of the order before Daan van Bunge took them home with an unbeaten 65 from 87 balls, aided by two key stands for the fifth and sixth wickets.
Scotland registered their third win of the tournament, beating Uganda by 45 runs in Johannesburg, and booked a spot in the Super Eights. They were boosted by a collective bowling display - five of their bowlers took two wickets each - as they managed to defend a competitive, yet chaseable, score of 209. Uganda faltered in their run-chase from the outset as John Blain and Dewald Nel provided their team the early breakthroughs, restricting the opposition to 56 for 4. The Uganda batsmen failed to measure up to the Namibian bowling - only their captain Junior Kwebiha offered any resistance. After Blain and Nel had their done their job the others stepped in to complete the formalities and skittle Uganda out for 164. Scotland had earlier squandered a dominant position at 164 for 3 to lose their last seven wickets for just 46. Neil McCallum, however, held one end together with a defiant 101 to help his team salvage a defendable score, which, as his bowlers proved, was adequate.
Namibia picked up their first win after beating last-placed Oman at Krugersdorp. Put in to bat, Namibia made 291 with Craig Williams, Gerrie Snyman and Nicholaas Scholtz posting fifties. Oman's chase faltered from the start when they slipped to 6 for 3, and there were hardly any notable stands thereafter. Awal Khan's 62 was the only half-century as Oman struggled to counter Sarel Burger's tidy medium-pace. Burger finished with figures of 10-1-44-5 and Oman were bowled out for 172 in 43.4 overs.
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