Oman have made themselves highly likely to secure ODI status at WCL2 after beating Hong Kong today in Windhoek.
Batting first after losing the toss, Hong Kong lost the dominant Anshy Rath early on in their innings, and struggled without his presence at the top of the order. Babar Hayat top scored with 56 and they were bowled out for 176. Bilal Khan was the pick of the Oman bowlers with 4-30.
Oman set a platform with Jatinder Singh and Khawar Ali putting on 79 for the opening wicket. Singh went on to top score with 65 as Oman completed a seven wicket win with 4.5 overs to spare. Given the remaining fixtures, it'll require an unlikely series of results - including two huge defeats for Oman - if they are to miss out on a crucial top four finish.
Over at the United Club ground, Canada put hosts Namibia in to bat. Stephan Baard laid the groundwork for the Namibians, scoring 90 before he was bowled by Nikhil Dutta. Further down the order, Craig Williams hit 65 from 59 balls to help the home team post a total of 258-6 from their 50 overs.
No Canadian batsman was able to get a start in their reply, with number ten Dillon Heyliger top scoring with an unbeaten 29. Jan Frylinck was the pick of the Namibian bowlers with 3-24, with Zhivago Groenewald also taking three wickets. Canada were bowled out for 160 to lose by 98 runs.
At Affies Park, the USA had a short day's work against Papua New Guinea. Their bowlers dominated the PNG innings, bowling them out for just 127 in 39.3 overs, Karima Gore taking 4-23 and Ali Khan taking 3-41. Xavier Marshall and Monank Patel then put on an unbroken 128 to secure a ten wicket win in 19.2 overs. Patel top scored with 70, whilst Marshall scored 54.
Oman will look to make it four from four tomorrow when they play Namibia, whilst Canada will hope to get their first win when they play Papua New Guinea. The first 50 over match between the USA and Hong Kong since 2011 will round out the day's action.
Oman beat Hong Kong by 7 wickets
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, 23 April
Hong Kong 176 (48 overs, Babar Hayat 56, Bilal Khan 4-30, Khawar Ali 3-35)
Oman 177-3 (45.3 overs, Jatinder Singh 65)
Namibia beat Canada by 98 runs
United Club Ground, Windhoek, 23 April
Namibia 258-6 (50 overs, S Baard 90, C Williams 65*, JJ Smit 35)
Canada 160 (42.1 overs, J Frylinck 3-24, Z Groenewald 3-42)
USA beat Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets
Affies Park, Windhoek, 23 April
Papua New Guinea 127 (39.3 overs, K Gore 4-23, Ali Khan 3-41)
USA 128-0 (19.2 overs, M Patel 70*, X Marshall 54)