The four associate sides that qualified for the 2015 World Cup will be touring Australia and New Zealand this winter as part of their preparation for that tournament, and the UAE's tour began today with defeat to Western Australia after a cenutry from Cameron Bancroft.
Batting first after winning the toss at the WACA, the home side lost both openers cheaply, with Manjula Guruge catching both of them from his own bowling. Bancroft soon began to control the innings, sharing first in a 56 run partnership for the fourth wicket with Ashton Agar, soon followed by a 78 run partnership for the fifth wicket with John Rogers.
Bancroft, who played in the Australian side that were runners-up in the 2012 Under-19 World Cup, went on to score 119 before he was the sixth man out, 4 overs from the end of the innings. The last four overs saw Western Australia score 34 runs to take their total to 245-9. Guruge added to his two early wickets to finish with 6-30.
In reply, the UAE did manage to get a few partnerships off to a start, but they had the tendency to lose a wicket just as the partnerships were becoming settled. Shaiman Anwar and Mohammad Naveed top scored, both reaching 41, whilst captain Khurram Khan was just behind them on 40.
The visitors were eventually bowled out for 207 in 46.5 overs to lose by 38 runs. David Moody was the pick of the bowlers with 3-33. The teams will play again on Sunday in Perth, before the UAE move on to Darwin for games against Papua New Guinea, Northern Territory and South Australia.
Western Australia beat United Arab Emirates by 38 runs
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, 12 September
Western Australia 245-9 (50 overs, C Bancroft 119, M Guruge 6-30)
United Arab Emirates 207 (46.5 overs, Shaiman Anwar 41, Mohammad Naveed 41, Khurram Khan 40, D Moody 3-33)