Scotland and Netherlands lead the way
With only one round of matches to go in the ICC Six Nation Challenge, five teams were still in with a chance to take the single berth on offer for the Champions Trophy, to be held in England in September. Scotland and Netherlands led the points tally going into the final round, but USA, Namibia and UAE were all in the hunt as well.
Scotland 214 (Stanger 84, Codrington 4-39) beat Canada 178 (Stanger 3-11) by 36 runs
A superb allround performance from Ian Stanger helped Scotland ease to a 36-run win against Canada, who slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat in the tournament. Stanger steadied the Scotland innings with a patient 84, allowing them reach 214. He then chipped in with three late wickets as Canada were bundled out for 178 in the 46th over. For Canada, Austin Codrington was the star performer with four wickets, but in the end, it wasn't enough to take his team to victory. Scotland play USA in their last match, and need a win to be assured of a place in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Namibia 177 (Keulder 64, Khuram 4-35) beat UAE 107 (Kotze 3-4, Burger 3-24) by 70 runs
After starting the tournament with consecutive defeats, Namibia bounced back with their second win in two games, beating UAE by a handy 70-run margin in a low-scoring game. After being put in to bat, Namibia managed just 177, with Danie Keulder, their opener, top-scoring with a patient 64. UAE made a reasonable start, but then slumped from 46 for 1 to 67 for 6, and were never in the hunt thereafter.
Netherlands 249 for 2 (van Bunge 79*, Reekers 67, Zuiderent 64*) beat USA 248 (Staple 94, Reid 55, Schiferli 5-45) by 8 wickets
A superb batting display by Netherlands helped them register their third win in the competition. Set a challenging target of 249, Netherlands reached there for the loss of just two wickets, and with 11 balls to spare. Daan van Bunge anchored the run-chase with an unbeaten 79, while Darron Reekers (67) and Bas Zuiderent (64*) provided the impetus to the innings. Earlier, Richard Staple (94) lifted USA to a respectable total after they had slumped to 20 for 3.