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September 24, 2011
After having won all their group matches it looked like Guernsey would be denied the ICC World Cricket League Division Six title by Malaysia but wicketkeeper Tim Kimber rescued them from 65 for 7 to help them reach the target of 209 in the final over of the match, at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Guernsey had beaten Malaysia at the same ground the day before the final by restricting them to 170. In the final, they allowed Malaysia to get 208 but would not have expected to lose so many wickets early on in their chase.
Hammad Ullah Khan, who had top-scored for Malaysia with 53, picked up three early wickets with his seamers, and offspinner Nik Arifin got two. Kimber had only 11 runs to his name in the tournament up to the final but produced an unbeaten 82 off 92 balls to shock the hosts. He was assisted by David Hooper, who scored 45.
"It feels simply brilliant to win today and to have been six or seven down and then see young Tom Kimber come out and guide us to victory with a fantastic knock of 82 not out," Guernsey's captain Stuart Le Prevost said after the win. Malaysia would not be too disappointed since by virtue of reaching the final they and Guernsey had already earned promotion to Division Five. "We need to work on our batting ahead of going to Singapore in February [for the Division Five tournament]," Malaysia captain Suhan Alagaratnam said. "We'll take each game as it comes but I'd definitely like a chance to beat Guernsey next year in Division Five.
Kuwait and Jersey had both missed out on promotion because their net run-rate in the group stage was less than Malaysia's. But they still had third-place to play for, and Kuwait beat Jersey by eight runs at the Selangor Turf Club. Jersey had looked on course to chase the target of 213 after Corey Bisson and Peter Gough had both reached half-centuries and put together 91 runs for the fourth wicket. But Gough's dismissal sparked a collapse and Jersey went from 174 for 3 in the 45th over to being all out for 204. Seamer Mohammed Naseer ran through the tail and finished with 4 for 29.
Kuwait's innings had taken a different route: they had lost wickets early and were 63 for 6 before Mohammad Amin and Saad Khalid put together 70 for the seventh wicket with Khalid getting 50 off 38 balls. No. 10 Azmatullah Nazeer chipped in with 44 and though Kuwait were bowled out in 44.5 overs, their total of 212 proved enough.
Nigeria won their first match of the tournament, beating Fiji by 102 runs at the Bayuemas Oval to finish fifth. Nigeria's spinners bowled Fiji out for 133 after their batsmen had managed a total of 235 through contributions from each of the top-order batsmen. Offspinner Varun Behani then picked up three wickets as just five Fiji batsmen made it to double figures.
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