Germany and Kuwait secure promotion from WCL Division 8
Germany and Kuwait have booked their tickets to Botswana for WCL Division Seven in May after they beat Vanuatu and Zambia respectively in today's semi-finals.
Germany had what was a potentially tricky tie against Vanuatu at the Sulabiya Ground. Whilst their batting has been firing recently, they had just one player get a start today. Farooq Ahmed scored 79, but no other batsman passed 15 as they were bowled out for 185 with three balls left in their innings. Patrick Haines and Patrick Matautaava both took three wickets for Vanuatu.
In reply, Vanuatu showed none of the form they showed in their opening day win over Bhutan, where they scored 337-9. Only two of their line-up managed to reach double figures as they were bundled out for just 93, losing by 92 runs. Kashif Haider continued his fine form with the ball, taking 4-15 from his ten overs.
When Kuwait bowled Zambia out for just 63 in their semi-final, Mohammad Murad taking 5-15, they looked to be having a rather easy march to the final. But they did their best to turn certain victory into defeat as they struggled to score runs. They did managed to chase down the target, they lost seven wickets in the process, and will need to play much better in tomorrow's final against Germany.
That final will take place at Ahmadi City, though with both teams already promoted to Division Seven, where they will join Botswana, Japan, Nigeria and Norway, there isn't much to play for other than bragging rights. Indeed, the third place play-off between Vanuatu and Zambia will have much more at stake as the third place team will remain in Division Eight for 2012, whilst the fourth place team will have to re-qualify through their regional tournament.
The semi-finals for fifth place also took place today. Gibraltar beat Bhutan by 56 runs at the KOC Hubara Ground, whilst Suriname beat the Bahamas by 36 runs thanks to Troy Dudnath's unbeaten 111 at the KOC Unity Ground. The fifth and seventh place play-offs will also take place tomorrow.