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.
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.