Too close to call after day six
The T20 World Cup Qualifier is proving to be one of the closest cricket tournaments ever after six days of play. In Group A, the Netherlands are out in front on six points, with five teams behind them on four points each. In Group B, Canada and Oman have 6 points with the next four teams all on four points.
In Group A today there were two matches, with Bermuda taking on Namibia and Singapore playing Kenya, both on the second ground at the ICC Academy.
In the early game, Namibia won the toss and but Bermuda in. The Bermudan top order offered little resistance as they crumbled away to 50-8 in the 13th over. An innings of 37 by Okera Bascome and a knock of 23 by Derrick Brangman helped give their total a little more respectability as they reached 106-9 from their 20 overs.
Opening the innings, Nikolaas Davin clubbed a blistering 37 from just 12 balls, to get their reply off to a flyer. Kamau Leverock took 3-19 but Namibia were never in trouble as they completed a five wicket win in 13.1 overs, getting their net run rate up which could well prove to be crucial in the final group A table.
Next up, Singapore batted first after they won the toss against Kenya. Surendran Chandramohan top scored for them with 40 as they scored 157-9 from their 20 overs. Elijah Otieno and Lucas Oluoch each took three wickets for the Kenyans.
Irfan Karim and Aman Gandhi - the latter making his T20I debut - put on 110 for the opening wicket which pretty much took Singapore out of contention. Gandhi was dismissed for 50 whilst Karim stayed in and finished unbeaten on 71 as Kenya won by 7 wickets with 6 balls to spare.
In Group B the headlines will be taken by Canada's surprise win over Ireland, but in other action, Nigeria took on Oman and Jersey played Hong Kong under the lights at the main Abu Dhabi stadium.
Oman were clinical in their match against Nigeria. After bowling them out for just 71 - Amir Kaleem taking 4-14 - they knocked off the required runs in just 7 overs to win by seven wickets, Jatinder Singh leading the way with 48 from 22 balls.
The final game of the day saw Hong Kong batting first against a Jersey side in form after their win over the UAE yesterday. Hong Kong had a lucky start when Nizakat Khan was dropped from the very first ball by Jonty Jenner, and he went on to punish Jersey for the mistake, scoring 48 from 30 balls before he was out.
Despite that though, Hong Kong still found themselves firmly on the back foot at 81-6 before a 61 run seventh wicket partnership between Waqas Barkat and Scott McKechnie helped them set a competitive total. McKechnie finished unbeaten on 40 as his team reached 144-7.
In reply, Jersey lost both openers cheaply, before Ben Stevens and Jonty Jenner put on 58 for the third wicket. After both were dismissed - for 39 and 27 respectively - Jersey began to find runs harder to come by as Hong Kong's bowlers took control of the game. Corey Bisson scored 30 from 20 balls towards the end of the innings, but there was too much left to do. With 15 needed off the final over, Aizaz Khan bowled well to keep them to just 6 and Hong Kong won by 8 runs to secure their first win of the tournament.
With all very much still to play for in both groups, there will be four games tomorrow. In Group A, the Netherlands will play Papua New Guinea at the ICC Academy in the morning whilst the Dubai International Stadium will see its first action of the tournament as Scotland take on Bermuda under the lights in the evening. In Group B, play will open with UAE against Nigeria, whilst Canada will look to make it four wins from four when they take on Hong Kong in the afternoon.