Guernsey and Bahrain maintain unbeaten records
The matches on the third day of the World Cricket League Division 7 were all replays of the first-day games which were washed out.
An unbeaten 92 from Adil Hanif helped Bahrain to a comprehensive 137-run win over Gibraltar. Hanif played a vital role in rescuing Bahrain's innings after another top-order collapse, which virtually mirrored Sunday's abandoned game when Gibraltar had reduced them to 52 for 4 before the heavens opened up. The situation this time was 65 for 5, but a seventh-wicket stand of 74 between Hanif and Tahir Dar (40) lifted Bahrain to a respectable 235 for 9. In reply, Gibraltar always struggled with the bat and in the end were dismissed with 11.5 overs still remaining.
Hanif, who was adjudged Man of the Match, was understandably very pleased with the result. "We prepared well back at home and we have played well as a unit here," Hanif said. "We will try and stick to the basics tomorrow and if we play well we think we can reach 300 with the bat. We're in good shape at the moment and we'll see how we do against Guernsey next up."
Gibraltar, who were condemned to their second defeat, after losing to Guernsey in the previous match, would be crestfallen after looking good for a win. "We perhaps suffered a bit of a hangover from yesterday's match against Guernsey and, to be fair, the rain didn't have that big an effect as we had them in the same position again today," said captain Chris Rocca. "They batted solidly in the middle and they did really well. I think we probably have played the two toughest sides in the tournament and I hope that we can concentrate on trying to stay in this division in our remaining games."
Hosts Guernsey continued their winning ways with an easy win over Japan by seven wickets, as Jeremy Frith starred with an unbeaten half-century. Japan battled to reach 150 for 8 against Guernsey, with Ko Irie continuing his good form in the tournament by scoring 49. But in reply, Guernsey never looked in real trouble as they coasted to an easy victory with 11.3 overs to spare, with Frith (56 not out) and Ross Kneller (44 not out) looking in good touch as they helped the hosts recover from the loss of some early wickets.
"We are really pleased at how we have done. It's now a case that we must keep going and not get carried away by two victories," Frith said. "The boys as a unit did really well and I was really chuffed with the way the bowlers bowled. It really created some pressure. To go out chasing 150 means you can bat without pressure."
Suriname bounced back from yesterday's heavy defeat to Bahrain by thrashing Nigeria by 95 runs. A 167-run partnership for the second wicket between Troy Dudnath (92) and Vishual Singh (91) propped up Suriname to 260 for 8. In reply, Adekunle Adegbola, who scored 39, again showed some good resistance but he didn't receive enough support as Nigeria were bowled out for 165.
With Guernsey also achieving a second consecutive victory, the stage is set for an interesting top-of-the-table clash when the hosts face Bahrain at KG Five on Wednesday. In the other matches, Suriname take on Japan and Nigeria face Gibraltar.