Kuwait too strong for Nigeria
At Bayeumas Oval, Nigeria faced up to fellow Division 7 promoted side, Kuwait and Endurance Ofem's side looked to have finally found two men who had discovered their batting form for the Africans.
Player-coach Sean Philips led by example scoring 61 before being bowled by Mohammed Naseer while Olajide Bejide managed 42 today before being run-out by a quick thinking Sibtain Raza. The rest of the Nigerian batting line-up failed to sparkle as Naseer and Saad Khalid proved key, removing top order batsmen Varun Behani and Ramit Gill for low totals and restricting the Africans to 182 in its 50 overs.
In response, Kuwait's batsmen stepped up to the plate and the opening partnership of Abid Mushtaq and Irfan Bhatti piled on 99 runs before Abid departed for 66. Sibtain Raza then assisted Bhatti to make sure the runs became within easy reach and despite a small collapse by the middle-order, including captain Hisham Mirza the side claimed victory by five wickets. Mention should be made of Adekunle Adegbola who claimed match figures of 2-6 in his three overs, including one maiden.
At Bayeumas Oval
Nigeria 182-8, 50 overs (Philips 61, Bejide 42; Naseer 3-20)
Kuwait 183-5, 30.2 overs (Bhatti 73, Mushtaq 66; Adegbola 2-6)
Kuwait won by five wickets