UAE are WCL Division 2 champions
Despite losing in yesterday's dress rehearsal, the UAE have triumphed over Oman by 67 runs in the final of WCL Division Two at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek.
Oman won the toss and chose to field first, and that was quickly proved to be the wrong decision. The UAE raced to 196 in the 30th over before losing their first wicket when Mohammad Iqbal was dismissed for 111 from 82 balls. His opening partner Arshad Ali then played an anchor role, scoring 133 as the other wickets fell around him. No other UAE batsman scored more than 25, but thanks to their two openers, they reached 347/8 from their 50 overs. Syed Ali was the pick of the Omani bowlers with 4/63 from his eight overs.
Oman's openers got them off to a decent start with quick scoring innings coming from Hemin Desai (40 from 23 balls) and Zeeshan Siddiqui (66 from 49), but aside from 63 from wicket-keeper Sultan Ahmed, no other player really got going and they were eventually dismissed for 280 in their 44th over. Last man out was captain Ameet Sampat, who bats at eleven and doesn't bowl, leaving one wondering what he is doing in the team. Pick of the UAE bowlers was Khurram Khan with 3/42 as the UAE won the match by 67 runs.
Also today, the third and fifth place play-offs took place. Denmark batted first in the 3rd place match against hosts Namibia, and started well with a 75 run opening partnership before captain Frederik Klokker was bowled for 43. Carsten Pedersen scored 46 batting at three, but the remaining line-up largely struggled against some tight Namibian bowling and were restricted to 220/8 from their 50 overs. Namibia chased down the target in the 42nd over of their innings, Gerrie Snyman (who else?) top-scoring with 71 from a relatively sedate 68 balls.
In the 5th place play-off, Uganda scored 335/7 from their 50 overs after Joel Olwenyi scored 126, Nand Patel scored 79 and Kenneth Kamyuka smashed 57 from just 20 balls. They then bowled Argentina out for 154 to win by 181 runs, with only Donald Forrester emerging with any credit with his innings of 71.
So ends the inaugural World Cricket League Division Two tournament. It's been a successful event, highlighted by some spectacular batting, most notably from Gerrie Snyman, who scored 196 against the UAE, the tenth highest List A score in history, followed by the UAE chasing down the 359 run target for the second highest run chase in List A history.
The global World Cricket League bandwagon hasn't stopped rolling for 2007 yet though, as the EAP qualifiers to decide the final two places in the 2008 Division Five tournament starts tomorrow in Auckland, with the Cook Islands and Japan the favourites to progress from a six team tournament that also features Indonesia, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.