Argentina and Uganda go straight back
Argentina and Uganda will again be playing in Division Three of the World Cricket League when the tournament comes round again in early 2009 after losing to Denmark and Namibia in Windhoek today.
After the run feasts in Namibia's recent games, it was rather disappointing to see them in a low-scoring encounter against their continental rivals Uganda. Namibia batted first, and some tight bolwing from the Ugandans, four of whom went for less than three an over, saw them bowled out for 145 in the 46th over, only Bernie Burger giving their innings any credibility with a quick-fire 46 batting at ten.
Uganda would have been hoping to chase down that target easily, but Namibia's bowlers bowled just as well as the Ugandans, Gerrie Snyman showing that he can be as destructive with the ball as he is with the bat by taking 5/36 from his ten overs, as Uganda were bowled out for 118, giving Namibia a 27 run win.
Argentina, easily the weakest side in the tournament, almost gave Denamrk a surprise in their game, scoring 168 before they were bowled out in the 49th over, Matias Paterlini top scoring with 51. They then quickly reduced Denmark to 24/3, leaving it to skipper Frederik Klokker to rebuild the Danish innings with 54, and Thomas Hansen to guide them to their target with an unbeaten 32, securing a three wicket win and a spot in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.
Today's other match was a dress rehearsal for Saturday's final, and Oman beat the UAE by 25 runs thanks to an innings of 113 from Adnan Ilyas, giving them a boost in confidence before the final. Tomorrow will also see Denmark play Namibia and Argentina play Uganda in play-offs that are rather pointless considering that the tournament was in a league format and that they will have no bearing on the promotion/relegation places.