Namibia steamroller Denmark
Division Two of the World Cricket League has got under-way in Windhoek, Namibia, and the hosts got the perfect start with an easy win over Denmark.
Namibia were the pre-tournament favourites, but the ease with which they sliced through the Danish batting line-up was still surprising. Only two Danes reached double figures, and extras was the top scorer in their innings. Matheus van Zyl was the pick of the bowlers with 4/17, Louis Klazinga also chipping in with 3/11.
The target was always going to be an easy one for Namibia, and Gerrie Snyman made it even easier with a rapid innings of 60 from just 30 balls, 56 of which came in boundaries. The target was reached in the 12th over to leave Denmark at the foot of the table after the first round of matches.
In today's match between Uganda and the UAE, Uganda got off to a decent enough start, reaching 123/3. But the remaining seven wickets could only put on 71 between them, Ronald Semanda the only one to show any fight with an innings of 72. Arshad Ali took 3/31 with the ball and completed a fine all-round performance with an unbeaten 79 as he put on 121 with Khurram Khan (62) to take the UAE to their target in the 42nd over to win by seven wickets.
The match between the two tournament underdogs Oman and Argentina was probably the most interesting of the day. Oman batted first, and Hemin Desai continued his aggressive batting from the ACC Twenty20 Cup with 51 from just 28 balls. Some tight bowling from captain Estaban MacDermott (2/27 from 10 overs) and Gary Savage, taking three wickets to help reduce Oman to 217/7 had the South Americans on top, before Hemal Mehta and Farhan Khan recovered the Omani innings with scores in the 30s at more than a run a ball before Savage had Mehta caught behind for his fourth wicket.
Oman scored 269/8 from their 50 overs and looked to be in for a win as the Argentina top order struggled, with the exception of Bernardo Irigoyen (44). Wicket-keeper Alejandro Ferguson helped recover their innings, playing an aggresive anchor role with an unbeaten 66 from 52 balls, but it wasn't enough to win the game, with Argentina only reaching 251/6 from their 50 overs, losing by 18 runs.
Tomorrow's matches see Oman play Uganda, the hosts taking on Argentina, and Denmark will look to get their campaign back on track against the UAE.