It is not often a player scores 196 in a one-day game and finishes on the losing side, but that is exactly what happened to Namibia's Gerrie Snyman in Windhoek today.
Namibia batted first against the UAE, and a quick-fire 30 from Andries Burger got them off to a decent start, Dawid Botha also chipping in with 58. But they were out-shone by Snyman's monstrous innings of 196 from just 132 balls, of which 102 runs came in sixes. It is the tenth highest innings in the near-45 year history of List A cricket.
Namibia had scored 358/7 from their 50 overs. Usually that is enough, but they were up against a team that scored 400 yesterday. And their batsmen almost all got a start and scored at more than a run a ball. Captain Saqib Ali was the top-scorer with 91 from just 59 balls, with Khurram Khan leading them over the line with an unbeaten 89.
The UAE thus won by 5 wickets with four and a half overs to spare, leaving Gerrie Snyman with the somewhat unwanted record of making the highest ever List A score by a player finishing on the losing side. On a plus note for him, this is the highest List A score by a player from a non-test country, beating his own record of 158 set yesterday.
Today's other matches weren't as eventful as the Namibia v UAE match. Oman beat Denmark by six wickets after another poor batting performance by the Danes, whilst Uganda beat Argentina by 9 wickets, cruising to their target of 151 in one delivery over 20 overs.
Whilst unbeaten teams Oman and the UAE will meet tomorrow in a dress rehearsal for Sunday's final, all is still to play for in the other two games, with all four teams still theoretically capable of securing a top four place and a spot in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier. The possible scenarios are as follows:
Namibia and Denmark win: Namibia finish 3rd, Denmark finish 4th
Namibia and Argentina win: Namibia finish 3rd, 4th place goes to run rate between Argentina, Denmark and Uganda
Uganda and Denmark win: 3rd and 4th place on run rate between Denmark, Namibia and Uganda
Uganda and Argentina win: Namibia and Uganda finish 3rd and 4th, exact places decided on run rate