ICC Media Release
Uganda and Cayman Islands booked their places in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 as ball dominated bat on the second day of the tournament in Darwin, Australia, on Monday.
Both teams made short work of their opponents, comfortably winning low-scoring games in the first session. The wins gave Uganda and Cayman Islands maximum points from two games in Group B and left Tanzania and Hong Kong winless with just one match remaining.
Uganda defeated Tanzania by four wickets at Power Park with Charles Waiswa taking 3-7 as the latter was dismissed for 64. Although Benson Mwita made the winners sweat for victory by taking 4-23, his efforts were not enough to stop Uganda romp to victory.
Cayman Islands' experience of playing in the Stanford Twenty20 tournament and the ICC Intercontinental Cup was on display for the second successive day when it recorded a one-sided eight-wicket victory over Hong Kong at Nightcliff.
Franklin Hinds was the star for Cayman Islands when he took 4-22 to bowl Hong Kong out for 67. Cayman Islands achieved the target losing just two wickets, with Keniel Irving scoring 29 not out and Pearson Best 27 not out.
Argentina bounced back from a thrilling one-wicket defeat to Italy on the opening day by recording a five-wicket victory over pre-tournament favourites Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a Group A match at Gardens.
Skipper Esteban MacDermott inspired the Argentineans by producing a match-winning spell of 4-22 as PNG were bowled out for 91. Argentina achieved the target for the loss of five wickets with Donald Forrester remaining unbeaten on 44.
MacDermott, the 24-year-old spinner, described the victory as the biggest in Argentina's cricket history.
'All the effort that was put in is now paying off. By defeating PNG, we have shown that we can compete at this level,' he said.
Italy notched up its second successive victory in the competition by overpowering Fiji by 37 runs. Batting first, Italy collected 186 for nine with Nicholas Northcote top scoring with 37. In turn, Fiji was bowled out for 149.
Despite Italy's second successive win, Group B remains wide open as PNG and Argentina have one win from two games. After Tuesday's rest day, PNG will meet Italy at Nightcliff while Argetina meet Fiji at Kahlin Oval in the last group matches.