USA clinch final Division Two slot
The final game in Oman saw USA dispatch Singapore to secure its spot alongside its host in ICC World Cricket League Division 2.
Singapore came into the game knowing it needed victory – and a dominant one at that due its inferior net run rate – if it was to leapfrog USA and claim second spot.
But the five-wicket defeat means it finishes third, while Kenya is fourth, Denmark fifth and Uganda sixth. All four teams will now play in the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League A or B in the qualification pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
USA joins Oman along with Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Canada and hosts Namibia in April next year for Division 2, who all will be competing for the top four spots to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.
Singapore v USA
Having won the toss and put Singapore in to bat, the USA had to toil early on in the field. Arjun Mutreja (17), Aritra Dutta (30) and Anish Paraam (20) all started brightly for the Singaporeans but, as would become a recurring note in the innings, none of them were able to kick on.
No fewer than seven of its batsmen got into double figures but it was Dutta’s 30 that ended as its top score. And when new ball bowler Saurabh Netravalkar (3-19 from 8.1 overs) returned to polish off the tail, USA was in total charge – Singapore finishing 161 all out with more than six overs still to bat.
In response Monank Patel (20 from 14 balls) and Malhotra got things off to a quick start and the USA did not waste its time.
Malhotra’s 66 from 70 balls was the anchor while the likes of Steven Taylor (23 from 15 balls) and Jannisar Khan (24 from 13 balls) carried on the innings’ strong pace. And while Abhiraj Singh finished with 2-24, the American’s chase never looked in any real doubt as it completed proceedings inside 26 overs and with five wickets to spare.
The USA therefore finishes with four wins from five games – only the unbeaten Oman downed them in an impressive week of play.
Scores in brief
USA won by five wickets at Oman Club Turf 1
Singapore 161 all out, 43.1 overs (Anitra Dutta 30, Rezza Gaznavi 21; Saurabh Netravalkar 3-19)
USA 162-5, 25.5 overs (Jaskaran Malhotra 66 not out, Jannisar Khan 24; Abhiraj Singh 2-24)