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March 18, 2012
Players/Officials: Chris Amini | Gareth Berg | Peter Borren | Damian Crowley | Irfan Ahmed | Stephan Myburgh | Sushil Nadkarni | Japen Patel | Kinchit Shah | Michael Swart | Tony Ura
Series/Tournaments: ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
Sites: Cricinfo ICC Site
A career best Twenty20 performance from Louis Klazinga helped Namibia beat Kenya by seven wickets and maintain their perfect record in the ICC World T20 qualifiers. Klazinga rocked Kenya with a spell of 3-1-9-4, precipitating a collapse that saw Kenya crumble from 84 for 1 to 108 all out. Raymond van Schoor led Namibia's chase with 49 from 48 balls, as they won their fifth straight game with 3.3 overs to spare. Duncan Allan and Collins Obuya were coasting along, having added 71 in 9.3 overs when Klazinga was handed the ball. The way he started gave no indication of what was to come, as the batsman milked six runs from his first five deliveries, which included a wide. However, he trapped Obuya leg before with his fifth legal delivery to trigger panic in Kenya's ranks. Tanmay Mishra and Ragheb Aga were snapped up in his second over while Rakep Patel was stumped in his third over. Christi Viljoen then joined taking party, taking 2 for 5 in 1.4 overs as the rest of Kenya's line-up succumbed meekly. Another solid performance from van Schoor at the top of the order took Namibia home and kept them in first place in Group B, two points ahead of Ireland.
In a match that pitted two winless teams against each other, the USA bowlers managed to limit Oman and give their team their first victory, by 30 runs, in five games. USA chose to bat, and were steered through most of their innings by captain Sushil Nadkarni. Nadkarni scored 59 off 47, and with a few others contributing cameos, USA were propelled to 141 for 7. In reply, none of the Oman batsmen could quite get going and apart from a second-wicket stand of 54 between Vaibhav Wategaonkar and Adnan Ilyas, there was no resistance. Medium-pacer Japen Patel was the most incisive for USA, taking three wickets as Oman were restricted to 111 for 7.
Italy, led by fast bowler Gareth Berg, stifled Uganda to register a 13-run victory. Italy were inserted and, driven by cameos from their middle order, got to 131 for 7. Damian Crowley top scored with 44. In the chase, Berg did much of the damage in a tidy spell, taking 4 for 20 in 3.4 overs. There were also three run outs, as Uganda folded for 118 to hand Italy the match.
A fine unbeaten 78 by Ed Joyce guided Ireland towards the knockout phase of the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier with a comfortable win over Scotland. Read full report here.
Nepal drew level with Canada on six points in Group A but were in fourth place on net run-rate after their 24-run win against Bermuda. Paras Khadka, the Nepal captain, made an unbeaten 65 off 48 balls to lead his team to 151 for 6. He was supported by Sharad Vesawkar, who made 44. Dion Stovell was Bermuda's best bowler, taking 4 for 25 in his four-over spell. Bermuda were restricted to 127 for 5 in their reply, an innings that included 20 extras. Janeiro Tucker (32) was the only batsman to make more than 30. Shakti Gauchan took 3 for 17 in four overs for Nepal.
A commanding batting performance from Netherlands helped them ease to a nine-wicket win against Papua New Guinea (PNG), with all of 20 balls to spare. PNG chose to bat and got to 140 for 7 chiefly due to a partnership of 95 for the third-wicket between Tony Ura and Chris Amini. The opener Ura top scored with 70, while captain Peter Borren was the most effective of the Netherlands bowlers, claiming three wickets with his medium-pace. Chasing 141, the Netherlands openers settled in, scoring 96 in 11 overs to all but seal the match. Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart scored half centuries each, as Netherlands breezed home in the 17th over.
Irfan Ahmed scored an unbeaten 91 to set up Hong Kong's 35-run win against Denmark. Irfan justified Hong Kong's decision to bat, knocking around 91 from 60 and batting through the innings. As a result, Hong Kong put on 170 for 5, despite legspinner Bobby Chawla picking up three wickets in a tidy spell. In the chase, no one could score more than Aftab Ahmed's 39, with Kinchit Shah knocking over middle order batsmen regularly with his offspin. Shah finished with 4 for 21, as Denmark managed only 135 for 9 in their 20.
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