Oman and USA have both secured ODI status after today's play at WCL2 in Windhoek. The other four teams will all get another chance on Friday.
Oman were the first side to secure ODI status, though it was a result in another match that secured it. At Wanderers, Papua New Guinea batted first after captain Asad Vala won the toss. It was Vala who played the only knock of note for PNG, scoring 82 in their total of 154. Dillon Heyliger was the pick of the Canadian bowlers with 4-41.
Canadian captain Davy Jacobs was his team's top scorer too, hitting an unbeaten 52. The top order mostly failed, but Jacobs knock from number six enabled his team to secure a three wicket win in 34.2 overs. The win meant that both PNG and Canada were mathematically unable of passing Oman, thus securing ODI status for the Omanis.
Next to secure ODI status were the USA. Put into bat by Hong Kong captain Anshy Rath, a second wicket partnership of 184 between Xavier Marshall and Steven Taylor provided the backbone to their total of 280-8. Taylor scored 88, but was outdone by Marshall who scored 100, his first official century for the USA. Hong Kong were then restricted to just 196-7 from their 50 overs to lose by 84 runs and ensure that the USA would return to ODI cricket for the first time since the 2004 Champions Trophy.
Hosts Namibia batted first at Affies Park against Oman. They found themselves well on the back foot after being reduced to 98-7 before a 103 run eight wicket partnership between Zane Green and JJ Smit enabled them to post a respectable total of 213-9. Smit top scored with 60, whilst Green contributed 46.
Fifties from Suraj Kumar (51) and Sandeep Goud (57 not out) were the main contributions for Oman. Namibia would have secured their ODI status with a win, but Oman needed six from the last over and got it in one ball to secure a four wicket win.
After tomorrow's rest day, Namibia will get another chance to secure ODI status if they beat Hong Kong on Friday. Given their net run rate though, it will take a huge turn around if they are to miss out. Papua New Guinea will need to beat the 4-0 Omanis to stay in the hunt, whilst Canada will have to overcome their old rivals USA. With net run rate almost certain to play a part in deciding the ODI status teams, we're in for another interesting day at the World Cricket League.
Canada beat Papua New Guinea by 3 wickets
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, 24 April
Papua New Guinea 154 (44.2 overs, A Vala 82, D Heyliger 4-41)
Canada 155-7 (34.2 overs, D Jacobs 52*)
USA beat Hong Kong by 84 runs
United Club Ground, Windhoek, 24 April
USA 280-8 (50 overs, X Marshall 100, S Taylor 88, K Shah 4-27)
Hong Kong 196-7 (50 overs, K Shah 45, Aizaz Khan 35*)
Namibia lost to Oman by 3 wickets
Affies Park, Windhoek, 24 April
Namibia 213-9 (50 overs, JJ Smit 60, Z Green 46, Fayyaz Butt 3-52)
Oman 214-6 (49.1 overs, Sandeep Goud 57*, Suraj Kumar 51, Aqib Ilyas 44, J Frylinck 3-34)