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May 24, 2008
Rain all but washed out the second day of the ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Jersey. In the only match to finish, Germany beat Vanautu by six wickets.
It is proving to be a tough tournament for Vanautu, who need two wins against Associate members if their own application for Associate membership of the ICC is to be successful next month. Yesterday they went down by 183 runs to Norway, and today's loss will set alarm bells ringing as it was again by a significant margin against one of the sides they would have been aiming to beat.
Yesterday it was their bowling, but today Vanautu's batsmen let them down as they were skittled out for 75 with Ehsan Latif the pick of Germany's bowlers with 4 for 27. An aggressive 32 from 34-year-old opener Anees Butt, who struck five fours and two sixes, helped Germany to their target in nine overs as they raced to beat the rain.
"It was the first Man-of-the-Match award I've got in my life and I'm pretty happy about my performance," said Latif. "I was just bowling normally and I didn't try any kind of variety. I just put it on the stumps and thankfully I got wickets."
All other matches were abandoned due to torrential and persistent rain. They have now been rescheduled to be replayed on Sunday, originally scheduled as a rest day.
In the games that did get some play before they were scrapped, Sushil Nadkarni added an unbeaten 47 to his 70 yesterday as USA reached 108 for 1 in 21 overs against Norway.
Mozambique had a let-off after being bowled out for 70 by Nepal, Basanta Regmi (5 for 8) and Binod Das (5 for 16) sharing the spoils. Nepal faced one ball before the rains came.
Peter Gough (76*) and Steve Carlyon (56*) put on an unbeaten 140 for Jersey's first wicket before the game against Japan went the same way. Singapore were 91 for 1 against Botswana while Afghanistan were wobbling on 105 for 5 against Bahamas.
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