After yesterday's big win over Bhutan, Vanuatu were brought crashing back to earth after being on the receiving end of a 161 run defeat to hosts Kuwait as WCL Division Eight continued today.
Batting first after winning the toss, Kuwait opening pair Irfan Bhatti and Hisham Mirza put on 202 before Bhatti was out for 111. Mirza out on another 51 for the second wicket with Abid Chaudhry before he too was out with his score on cricket's unlucky number of 111.
The run scoring didn't end there though, with the rest of the batting line-up taking the score to 401 before they were bowled out with one ball to spare. Jonathon Dunn had a rather eventful 11 deliveries, going for 14 runs and taking three wickets and was the pick of the Vanuatu bowlers. He will no doubt be pressing his captain to be brought on earlier than fifth change in future.
Vanuatu didn't really attempt to chase that huge total, instead opting to bat out their 50 overs. Jonathon Dunn was the top scorer for them with 56 as Vanuatu scored 240-7 from their 50 overs.
The other big score of the day came from Germany, who were playing against European rivals Gibraltar.
Gibraltar captain Christian Rocca won the toss and put Germany into bat. It initially looked to be the correct decision when Matthew Hunter dismissed Dilshan Rajudeen in the second over with just one run on the board, but Milan Fernando and captain Asif Khan then took the game away from Gibraltar.
The pair put on 262 for the second wicket before Fernando was out for 151. Asif Khan stayed in for another four overs before he was out for 109. An innings of 48 from 26 balls including four sixes from Shakeel Hassan helped Germany make 363-5 from their 50 overs.
Gibraltar's reply was built around an innings from the experienced Gibraltar captain Christian Rocca. Rocca, who has been playing for Gibraltar since the 1986 ICC Trophy, made 99 before he was bowled by Shakeel Hassan. None of his team mates could bat as well as him though, and Gibraltar were restricted to 233-8 from their 50 overs.
Shakeel Hassan was the pick of the German bowlers with 4-43, securing a 130 run win for his team.
At the Sulabiya ground, Zambia won a low scoring game against the Bahamas. Zambia scored 208 from 49.3 overs, Narendra Ekanayake taking 4-32, before bowling their opponents out for 132. Gladson Kandela, Godfrey Kandela and Mohmed Mitha all taking three wickets each.
Finally, Bhutan finally had something to cheer about in Kuwait as they beat Suriname by 11 runs in a close match at Ahmadi City. Bhutan scored 182-8 from their 50 overs, Manoj Adhikari top scoring with 61, and then bowled Suriname out for 171.
Tomorrow is a rest day in Kuwait, and on Tuesday the final round of group matches takes place. In Group A, hosts Kuwait will play Bhutan and Vanuatu will play Suriname. In Group B, the Bahamas will play Germany and Gibraltar will play Zambia.