The United Arab Emirates World Cup preparation tour of Australia continued today, with a win over the Northern Territory team at the Marrara Cricket Ground in Darwin.
Put into bat after UAE captain Andri Berenger, the home side found going a little tough early on in their innings, losing 5 wickets in the first 21 overs. Skipper Leigh Drennan and Matthew Sampson-Barnes managed to build a significant partnership for the 6th wicket though, taking the score from 84 to 177 before Drennan was out.
Drennan contributed 45 to the partnership, and Sampson-Barnes was out for 73 shortly afterwards, with the score on 195-7. The last three wickets didn't contribute much at all as the Northern Territory were bowled out for 202. Mohammad Naveed and Kamran Shazad both took three wickets for the UAE.
The UAE's chase started with a 47 run opening partnership between Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger, which ended when the latter was caught behind at the start of the ninth over. Ali and Khurram Khan then did a lot to move the UAE towards a win with a second wicket partnership of 83.
That partnership came to an end when Khan was bowled by Tom Andrews having scored 51 at exactly a run a ball. Amjad Ali was the next man out, not before reaching a score of 69. Mohammad Shahzad and Saqib Ali were dismissed quickly after that, but there was to be no batting collapse as Swapnil Patil and Shaiman Anwar taking their team across the line for a four wicket win.
The UAE's tour continues tomorrow with a game against Papua New Guinea, who they were originally set to face in this match before the schedule was changed. They will then conclude their tour with two games against South Australia.
Northern Territory lost to United Arab Emirates by 4 wickets
Marrara Cricket Ground, Darwin, 17 September
Northern Territory 202 (45 overs, M Sampson-Barnes 73, L Drennan 45, S Mire 37, Kamran Shahzad 3-24, Mohammad Naveed 3-35)
United Arab Emirates 206-6 (43.4 overs, Amjad Ali 69, Khurram Khan 51)