ICC WCL Division Two January 24, 2015

Rippon stars as Netherlands take title

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands cruised to the WCL Division Two title © ICC/Helge Schutz

Having battled for second place, and promotion, Netherlands cruised to the WCL Division Two title with an eight-wicket win against hosts Namibia. Michael Rippon, the left-arm chinaman bowler, who had a spell on the Sussex staff, set up the victory by taking a career-best 5 for 37 to stifle Namibia's innings. They had a decent base to work from at 121 for 2 in the 29th over, but Rippon removed Gerard Erasmus, who had laboured for 25 off 55 balls, and top-scorer Craig Williams (54). Namibia's last eight wickets fell for 91 and they did not manage a single six.

In reply, Netherlands were never under pressure. An opening stand of 93 in 16 overs broke the back of the chase and even though Rahil Ahmed and Stephan Myburgh fell in consecutive overs Namibia did not threaten to derail them. Captain Peter Borren combined with No. 3 Ben Cooper to add an unbroken 116 as the title was secured with nine overs to spare.

The heart-wrenching disappointment felt by Nepal on missing out on promotion spilled over into the third-place play-off as Kenya fought back to claim a 15-run win. Nepal appeared well on course to lift their spirits as they reached 142 for 3 in 29th over chasing 209, but Elijah Otieno added to his two new-ball wickets by removing Gyanendra Malla (48) to send Nepal into a downward spiral. Malla had added 87 with Binod Bhandari after Nepal had been 35 for 3 following the first-ball loss of captain Paras Khadka. Bhandari fell shortly afterwards for 73, and Nepal's middle and lower order could not keep their composure. There were still three overs unsued when they were bowled out.

Kenya had been in significant trouble with the bat on 69 for 5, but managed to haul themselves up to a defendable total. Rakep Patel (32) and Nelson Odhiambo (48) added 71 for the sixth wicket while Nehemiah Odhiambo clubbed a handy 25 off 17 balls.

Uganda took fifth place with a one-sided victory against Canada as they cantered to an eight-wicket win with nearly half their overs to spare. Canada slipped to 25 for 3 after choosing to bat and never recovered. The early damage was done by Jonathan Sebanja (3 for 26) and Franco Nsubuga, but it was left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo who stole the show - and claimed the Man-of-the-Match award - as he finished with 3 for 21 off his 10 overs. The chase was a brisk affair, sealed by the third-wicket pair of Lepono Ndhlovu (40 not out) and Phillimon Selowa (48 not out).

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  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2015, 4:49 GMT

    Kenya team went to Namibia with the main purpose of retaining division two status. Coach Steve Tikolo said he was happy with it. Local writers here said Kenya will return with heads high !! Congratulations Kenya !

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2015, 7:08 GMT

    Nepal deserves to get promotion to Div 1 since it has beaten Netherlands, Namibia, Canada convincingly but unfortunately with narrow NRR it get to third place.....Millions of fans get disheartened at home how it happened.... after all it is a game sometime it lost & get out with great opportunity lost completely.....ICC must think about it....how could country like Nepal expose with great teams if it get not promoted despite world class skilled & talanted players & huge number of fans & enthusiasts for Cricket in the country.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2015, 5:05 GMT

    ICC need to globalize the cricket. only have 10 test playing nation and few associates. Most interestingly test nations usually get better funds and more games comparatively than associates. As a result associates merely get chance to play with top cricket nations. Undoubtedly, associates trying their best to improve their performance but lack of support and structure they couldn't reach the expectation of ICC.

  • Dummy on January 25, 2015, 8:59 GMT

    Its great to see the Netherlands win the competition. You play with passion and love of the game. I can see you playing test series against the top eight. I look forward to seeing you in the wc.

  • Ram on January 25, 2015, 4:48 GMT

    congratulations Netherlands! !! Well played our team Nepal. Bowling is excellent but need a huge improvement in batting lineup specially in opening and muddle order. If we overcome this than no one can stop us from being champions. Congratulations our captain cool ' Paras Khadka ' for being selected as " Man of the Series " !!!

  • Matthew on January 25, 2015, 1:23 GMT

    My team of the tournament: Baard (Nam), Myburgh (Neth), Erasmus (Nam), Malla (Nep), + Karim (Ken), * Khadka (Nep), G Snyman (Nam), Rippon (Neth), Williams (Nam), Kami (Nep), Jamil (Neth)

  • Paritosh on January 24, 2015, 21:31 GMT

    Its time Nepal change their batsmen. Except from Khadka, Malla and Bhandari no one is performing and it is costing them so much. I am happy Nepal didn't reach the division 1 because based on their batting now they were bound to drop down to division 2 anyways. Its time to change the opener and wicket keeper for Nepal and I know there are few batsmen waiting outside the team who can be a good asset for Nepal in future. I don't think Nepal are going anyway with there current batting lineup.

  • Mark on January 24, 2015, 21:02 GMT

    Nice to see the Dutch go back up to the top flight. They deserve their success. This was an exceptionally strong Division 2 and all credit to Namibia too.

  • Android on January 24, 2015, 18:24 GMT

    Neherlands must be given their odi status baxk now they have retained yheir place top division. They have been one of the best associates for many years, finished about 4th in the last championship division, have beaten England and the batting against Ireland on the last world T20 was incredible. Give status to Namibia as well so that all WCL championship games arw ODIs... always seems strange when some games do not count.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2015, 16:48 GMT

    We were overwhelmed that we might be promoted to Division one, opening many doors of opportunities for our team. We couldn't make it this time, still we believe our team, we love them and all of the fans are pretty sure that we're gonna make it there one day, and that day is not too far away!! Lots of love to our national team who tried every second, every moment to bring smiles to millions of fans back home and all around the world. Proud to be a supporter of Nepali cricket team!!!!

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