Shaiman Anwar ton gives UAE second win
Hosts UAE got a second victory, while Bermuda and Namibia secured their first wins, in the second round of matches of the ICC World Cricket League Division Two
An 118-ball 123 from Shaiman Anwar helped UAE to a 114-run win against Papua New Guinea in the World Cricket League Division Two in Dubai.
Coming in after Swapnil Patil fell early, Shaiman helped steer UEA after a middle-order collapse saw them lose three wickets for two runs. It was down to Amjad Ali to provide some resistance at one end while Shaiman blazed at the other. In all he hit 13 fours and five sixes, sharing a 117-run stand with Amjad. After he fell, the lower order dragged the score up to 284 which always looked likely to be enough.
In reply, PNG's Chris Amini started the side off well after the departure of Tony Ura for 7, but tight bowling by the UAE attack saw the side slip to 68 for 5 by the 20th over and the game, despite some spirited lower-order batting, was as good as up. UAE coach Kabir Khan said: "PNG are newcomers. They did succeed in putting pressure on our team, however I think in this case it's clear that experience prevailed."
After a disappointing loss to PNG on Friday, Bermuda secured a 69-run win over Hong Kong at the Global Cricket Academy ground. Their match-winning total of 242 for 7 was set up by wicketkeeper Jason Anderson's unbeaten 106 and a late blitz from Lionel Cann, who struck two sixes in a 35-ball 50. Hong Kong's reply never got going, with opener Roy Lamsam the only batsman in the top six to pass 20. Captain Najeeb Amar helped to rally the lower order after Hong Kong had slipped to 89 for 6, but once his partnership with Irfan Ahmed had been broken the tail fell in a heap, Rodney Trott and Dion Stovell helping themselves to three wickets apiece with their offspin.
"Today we played incredibly well; you always hope that one of your top four batsmen will bat through, creating a platform for a high score," Bermuda captain David Hemp said. "We played well and we stuck with it. Anderson laid a great foundation for us to keep pushing through while defending a target.
"Today we were far more consistent in our bowling: in terms of lines and lengths. We had a superb start, which gave us momentum for our bowling Powerplay. This also ensured that some pressure was relieved off our bowlers; so they could focus on doing their job right. The great beginning meant we gave ourselves a chance to bowl well."
Kola Burger picked up five wickets as Namibia sealed a comprehensive 205-run victory over Uganda at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.
Namibia's victory was set up by a solid performance from their middle order, after they were sent in to bat. Openers Ewald Steenkamp and Jan-Berrie Burger started steadily adding 40 runs in 12 overs before Deusdedit Muhumuza dismissed Steenkamp. Muhumuza struck again in his very next over, taking a smart return catch to send Jan-Berrie Burger back. Sarel Burger fell on the same score, in the next over, and Namibia looked to be struggling at 42 for 3.
However, Craig Williams and Gerrie Snyman combined to wrest the initiative from Uganda with a mammoth 183-run fourth-wicket partnership. Williams, who reached his century off 97 balls, was finally dismissed by Muhumuza in the 46th over. Snyman, who made a half-century in the last match, against UAE, fell 15 runs short of a well-deserved century in the 49th over; his 85 included five fours and four sixes. Louis van der Westhuizen hit some big shots in his 26 as Namibia reached an imposing 272 for 5.
Uganda needed a solid start and some big contributions from their batsmen if they were going to make a fist of the chase, but they failed miserably. They lost four wickets within the first six overs with just 16 runs on the board, with Kola Burger picking up three of them. Benjamin Musoke (28) and Lawrence Sematimba (15) - the only two batsmen to reach double figures - tried to offer some resistance, but it was to no avail. Kola Burger picked up two more wickets to end with figures of 5 for 25, his best List A figures, as Uganda slumped to 67 all out in just the 27th over.