World Cup 2015 Qualifiers January 13, 2014

Shaiman Anwar ton steamrolls Nepal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shaiman Anwar's 109 ensured UAE got their campaign off on a winning note as they beat Nepal by a resounding 102 runs in Rangiora.

UAE were put in to bat, and despite losing opener Amjad Ali with just 1 on the board, the rest of the batting line-up took up the slack. It was the match-defining partnership between Shaiman and Swapnil Patil that turned the match in UAE's favour, as the duo put on 145 runs for the fourth wicket. Shaiman's effort eventually came to an end on 109, but Patil stuck around to score 74 off 78 balls, as UAE racked up 297 for 8.

Nepal's reply began rather abjectly as they struggled their way to 53 for 5 in 18 overs. A 49-run stand between Sharad Vesawkar and Binod Bhandari helped arrest the slide somewhat, but it was all too fleeting. Despite Shakti Gauchan's unbeaten 37 at No.9, Nepal had too much to do, and were eventually rolled for 195. Vesawkar top-scored with 54, while Kamran Shazad was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 46.

Maiden tons from Lega Siaka and Assad Vala helped Papua New Guinea cruise to an eight-wicket victory over Kenya in their opening match in New Plymouth.

Kenya batted first and proceeded to lose both their openers with just 36 on the board. Collins Obuya entered at No.4, and played a sparkling knock, hitting 106 off 120 balls to guide Kenya to a competitive 249 for 9. PNG's Raymond Haoda was the most troublesome of the bowlers, taking 4 for 50. Thomas Odoyo entered the fray at No. 8, and hit 42 off 34 balls to add much-needed impetus to the score.

PNG didn't start well at all, losing opener Tony Ura, who was quite prolific during the World Twenty20 qualifiers late last year, for a two-ball duck. This brought the No.3, Vala, to the crease, and he added 154 runs with Siaka to set PNG on their way to a resounding win. Siaka fell in the 24th over, soon after completing a century on his List A debut, while Vala found company in the No.4, captain Chris Amini, with the duo pressing on to knock off the remaining 96 runs with more than seven overs to spare. Vala finished unbeaten on 105 off 109 balls, his first century in this format.

"That was the most important and best innings I've played for my country," Vala said. "This win sets us up well for the tournament and gives us some real momentum."

Fifties from Wesley Barresi and Peter Borren ensured Netherlands began their World Cup 2015 qualifiers campaign with a victory, as they downed Uganda by seven wickets at Mount Maunganui. Uganda won the toss and elected to bat first, with the openers putting on a healthy stand of 76.

However, things began to come undone once Roger Mukasa fell for 44, and Uganda went on to lose all ten wickets for the addition of just 76 runs. Left-arm chinaman bowler Michael Rippon was the wrecker-in-chief, taking 4 for 15 in his quota of ten overs. Uganda were dismissed for 152 inside 47 overs.

"The conditions were perfect for me," Rippon said. "The pitch was quite stoppy and took a bit of spin. I had a perfect breeze and the skipper brought me on at a perfect time to bowl."

Netherlands were not really challenged in their chase, and while the openers put on just 27, the batsmen continued to develop meaningful partnerships. Barresi anchored the innings, while captain Borren scored a handy 50 off 56 balls. The pair put on 85 to effectively take the game away from Uganda, as they chased the target down with almost 20 overs to spare.

Hong Kong managed to hold on to a 17-run victory over Scotland at Queenstown Events Centre, bringing a losing start for Scotland's temporary coach Paul Collingwood, who has taken charge for a month following the departure of Peter Steindl.

Hong Kong's victory owed a lot to the efforts of bowlers Haseeb Amjad and Nadeem Ahmed.

Scotland won the toss and put Hong Kong in, which seemed an inspired move when Mark Wright was run out during the third over. This brought the captain, Jamie Atkinson to the crease, and he proceeded to add 61 for the second wicket with opener Irfan Ahmed. Contributions from Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat and Tanwir Afzal ensured Hong Kong reached a competitive 263 for 7. Iain Wardlaw was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 57.

Scotland kept pace with the required rate for the most part, with Matt Machan beginning the charge with his run-a-ball 34. Preston Mommsen went on to guide the innings at No.4, reaching a maiden List A ton in the process. Mommsen continued to inhabit one end as wickets fell regularly for Scotland. Rob Taylor's 28 was the next best effort down the order as Scotland allowed the required rate to go astray, eventually succumbing to Hong Kong's duo of Nadeem and Haseeb, who took seven wickets between them.

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  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    and now thats what i call a competition. Nepal alot to do and so do other countries. One match can't decide anything but morning shows day. Lets hope day changes good for Nepal after the stormy morning

  • Stephen on January 14, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Good solid win by the Netherlands. It will be them and who else? That qualifies for the WC. Amazed to see PNG smash Kenya by the margin that they did, and also great to see Hong Kong hold on against Scotland. Think most people would have expected Kenya & Scotland to win comforably so good to see the competition turned on it's head. Impressive performance from UAE also I must say, they're certainly putting their hands up to be taken seriously this tournament. At this stage I'd tip UAE, Hong Kong & Scotland to get throuhg to the super 6;s from Group A and Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and Kenya in Group B, but time will tell. Crucial match coming up between Scotland & Nepal where I expect a lot of followers of Nepal to get a reality check.

  • Marco on January 13, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Very happy for the boys (PNG) .... congratz to Vala and Siaka. To beat Kenya is a big achievement for the boys considering Kenya had players with world cup experience. Now there is no time for errors boys.... Keep it up...

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    nepal........ cant qualify for the world cup 2015..........

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Rippon is an amazing talent. Chinaman bowling allrounder in the brad hogg mold.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    i was amazed to see hong kong thumping scotland. paul collingwood got to check his players. the conditions in new zealand shold suit scotland, png and canada very well. and i expect more from them. netherlands again proved ehy they're the one to watch for. honestly i don't think nepal can reach next round.they need to work hard. they also lost both the warm up games. png played world class cricket by beating kenya by that margin. i just wish netherlands and png to qualify for world cup.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    It was really a tough time in the middle overs for nepal.....Anwar is a sort of batsman in associate arena who when has his day pulls the things to his side and today was one among many he must count...He was the man that wrote the script of victory for UAE....Nepal without its regular opener Subash went to lose the next i.e. Anil for duck and the middle order that is not used to chasing 250 plus target couldn't collect new inspiration and got collapsed......But Nepal are strong and they have habit of bouncing back into the competetion.....wish parash and co. did it once again and in an style.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    I would have bet on PNG over Kenya before the match given PNG's growing experience and rise in professionalism and Kenya's recent struggles. PNG is definitely one of the teams to beat here, but they are continually underestimated, which could work in their favor. I was on the edge of my seat for end of the Scotland match, but Mommsen couldn't quite pull the game back. Hoping they can make a good showing for Colingwood and themselves. It was good to see the middle and lower order fight back for Nepal, but it was too little too late. UAE is one of the top sides, though, so not a shocking loss, but I'm hoping for better for them for the rest if the tournament. The Netherlands looked solid and are definitely deserving of their status as one do the favorites, but they'll face stiffer challenges than Uganda later in the tournament. Pulling for Nepal and their amazing fans!

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Unbelievable display by PNG to belt up Kenya like that, I don't know if anyone saw that coming. Hong Kong also a big upset over Scotland, this tournament looks wide open with results like that!

  • Android on January 13, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Hope that Nepal and UAE qualify for the World Cup. Considering their rise in Cricket World in the last few years it would be very bad for them to miss it now and wait another 4 years for a chance. The associate countries are now showing the ICC that they are capable of competiting against the best, they just need a chance.

    Hope that atleast in the 2019 World Cup we have 16-18 teams, with Afghanistan and Ireland getting Full-member status and Nepal, UAE, Netherlands, Scotland, PNG, Kenya improving further and knocking the door of ICC for Full-member status .. :-)

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