Plate Championship semi-final
New Zealand beat USA by 170 runs
New Zealand beat USA by 170 runs to book a place in the final of the Plate Championship. Led by an excellent unbeaten 100 by Andrew de Boorder, New Zealand posted an imposing 295 for 8 after being sent into bat before dismissing USA for 120 in 29.3 overs, with seamer Hamish Bennett collecting 4 for 16. de Boorder's innings spanned just 115 balls, included eight fours and continued his rich vein of form as he made 87 against Ireland. With useful contributions from opener Todd Astle (59) and Martin Guptill (42) to back up de Boorder's innings, New Zealand made the USA bowlers suffer in conditions that were once more hot and humid. Abhimanyu Rajp took 5 for 61.
USA lost wickets at regular intervals and, after a promising beginning when they reached 35 for 0 in the seventh over, they collapsed. Only one player - Sumon Bari, with 23 - reached 20 and they never came close to threatening the target.
Despite two wins in as many days, New Zealand coach Dipak Patel said his side still had more to offer. "We still have not played to our full potential," he said. "Our preparation before the tournament was minimal and that was shown in our early results and we are still struggling with the new ball, although our spinners and medium-pacers are doing a good job now.
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Ireland beat Namibia by six wickets
Ireland secured a long-awaited first win with a convincing six-wicket success against Namibia. Ireland side bowled out the Namibians for 115 in 36.3 overs and then knocked off the required runs for the loss of four wickets in just 29.2 overs. Ireland's win was founded on excellent spin bowling with their trio of spinners - Gary Kidd, James Hall and Greg Thompson sharing eight wickets between them. Hall took 4 for 29, Kidd captured 3 for 26 and Greg Thompson 1 for 11 and in the face of that trial by spin Namibia endured a torrid time. Only three of their batsmen reached double figures and there were four ducks in the innings, three of them in the Namibia top-order. A target of 116 was never going to be enough for Namibia to defend and with all four of the Ireland top four reaching 20 they eased to victory with more than 20 overs in hand.
Morgan was understandably delighted with the win and said afterwards: "This is long overdue for us. It was very difficult for us to go out after yesterday's loss [by three wickets to New Zealand after scoring 304] as that was hugely disappointing as we felt we should have won. But today we just set out to maintain our disciplines with ball, bat and in the field and that is what we did."