Oman, UAE and Namibia all win again
Oman, the UAE and Namibia all put one foot in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier after wins in Windhoek today.
Denmark were looking to put yesterdays thrashing by Namibia behind them, and they looked to be doing just that when openers Frederik Klokker and Mickey Lund put on 102 before UAE captain Saqib Ali dismissed Lund. This was the cue for a Danish batting collapse as Arshad Ali tore through them with 7-41, leaving Klokker stranded on 99 as his team was bowled out for 223.
They had set the UAE a tougher target than the one they set Namibia yesterday, but the UAE batsmen played steadily, and their skipper played an anchor role with an unbeaten 66 as they reached their target in the 43rd over to win by four wickets.
As with their match against Argentina on day one, Oman again played in the closest match of the day. Uganda batted first and scored a competitive 251/9 from their 50 overs. Arthur Kyobe top scored with 50, whilst Kenneth Kamyuka chipped in down the order with an unbeaten 43 from 32 balls.
Oman's reply got off to a poor start when they were reduced to 42/4. But their middle order recovered the innings, led by 52 from Sultan Ahmed and 50 not out from Syed Ali. Farhan Khan hit 44 from just 27 balls to see them to the target with one over to spare.
Namibia again showed why they're the tournament favourites with another big win, this time over Argentina. The hosts batted first and a quick-fire 65 from Andries Burger helped them to 108/2 before Gerrie Snyman strolled to the wicket. He continued his big hitting from the first day with 98 from 74 balls before he was dismissed by Matias Paterlini. Captain Bjorn Kotze scored a rapid 54 to lead his team to a total of 344-6 from their 50 overs.
Argentina's batsmen never looked like reaching the target, with one honourable exception. Matias Paterlini stayed in throughout the 50 overs to reach 114. Argentine captain Esteban MacDermott stayed with him at the end, crawling to 17 from 82 balls, frustrating the Namibians enough to force Kotze to use nine bowlers. Namibia eventually won by 178 runs, but the man of the match award went to Paterlini for his battling century, the tournament's first.
Tomorrow is a rest day in Namibia, and the cricket returns on Tuesday when Argentina play the UAE, Denmark play Uganda and Namibia take on Oman. Wins for Namibia, Oman or the UAE should be enough to give them their spot in the final stages of 2011 World Cup qualification come 2009.