Canada remain unbeaten
After the third round of World Cricket League Division Two matches in Windhoek, Canada remain out in front as the only unbeaten team.
At Affies Park, Kenyan captain Rakep Patel won the the toss and put the Canadians in to bat. They started with a 49 run opening partnership between Bhavindu Adhihetty and Ruvindu Gunasekera which ended when the former was out for 13. Gunasekera retired hurt on 38 shortly afterwards, returning after the fall of the third wicket when the Canadian total was 94.
Whatever caused his retirement didn't stop him getting back to business on his return, as he was able to score another 49 to take his score to 83 before he was out hit wicket in the penultimate over. He provided the backbone to the Canadian total of 186.
Facing a relatively low chase, Kenya struggled to get going, with Rakep Patel's 32 the top score of their chase. Saad Bin Zafar and Navneet Dhaliwal both took three wickets as they were bowled out for 127, losing by 59 runs.
At United Cricket Club, the United Arab Emirates were batting first after Nepal captain Paras Khadka won the toss. Shaiman Anwar's 30 was the only contribution of note for the UAE as they were bowled out for just 114. Sompal Kami was the pick of the Nepal bowlers with 4-30, whilst Sandeep Lamichhane took 3-30.
Nepal's chase of a low total went a similar way to many of their chases of low totals go - both openers out cheaply before Paras Khadka came in to dig them out of a hole. The captain scored 51 from 48 balls before he was the fifth man out with the score on 76.
There was fortunately no further collapse as Nepal held on, only losing one more wicket to chase down the required runs in 28.5 overs to win by four wickets.
At the Wanderers ground, Namibian captain won the toss against Oman and - as has happened in every match so far - put his opponents in to bat. Oman lost Zeeshan Maqsood for a duck in the first over, and no batsman was really able to get a start.
Jatinder Singh's 29 was the top score of their innings as the visitors were bowled out for 165. Four Namibian bowlers took two wickets each, Jan Frylinck the most economical, going for 16 runs from his seven overs.
The hosts very nearly made a meal of their run chase, finding themselves at one point on 65-7, Bilal Khan taking five wickets. But a 92 run partnership between Gerhard Erasmus and JJ Smit got them back on track. Smit was dismissed for 32, but Erasmus guided his team home to finish unbeaten on 63 and secure a two wicket win with two balls to spare.
The tournament continues tomorrow, with Canada looking to make it four wins from four and secure their place in the World Cup Qualifier when they take on the hosts. Kenya will take on Nepal and Oman will play the UAE in the other matches.