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Jersey, Afghan keep World Cup 2011 hopes alive

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Jersey Channel (England): Afghan and Jersey qualified for the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Div-4, the next stage of qualification for the World Cup 2011, after recording a convincing victories against Nepal and United States respectively in their WCL Div-5 semi-finals in Jersey on Friday.

Afghan successfully defended a small total of 142 runs to defeat Nepal by 37 runs at the Grainville while Jersey outsmarted the USA by 84 runs at the FB Fields.

At Grainville, Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil scored a fine 64-ball 48 inclusive of three boundary hits and Rais Ahmadzai chipped in with a patient 22 as Afghan posted a decent 142 all out in 49.3 overs. Shakti Prasad Gauchan and Basant Regmi plucked three wickets apiece while the skipper Binod Kumar Das claimed two wickets.

In reply, Nepal never looked in hunt after losing the opener Paresh Lohani in the second ball before it slumped to 72-7 in 33 overs.

The last three wickets offered some resistance but it was not enough to guide Nepal home and it was bowled out for 105 with 25 balls remaining.

Afghani pacer Dawlat Ahmadzai with 3/18 in his 10 overs was the wrecker-in-chief.  10-3-18-3 while Hamid Hassan, Abed Gul and Nabi Eisakhil claimed two wickets each.

Gough, Hague help Jersey conquer USA: At the FB Fields, Peter Gough (65) and Steve Carlyon (45) forged a fine century stand for opening wicket and captain Mathew Hague claimed a five-wicket haul as the hosts Jersey thumped United States of America by  84 runs.

The hosts riding on the 122-run partnership in 31.3 overs posted a healthy 220/5 after being put in to bat. Ryan Driver (28*) and Hague (25) were the other major contributers.

United States got off to a steady start raising 25/0 in five overs before losing three wickets in quick successions to slump to 32/3. Marshall and Thyagarajan steadied the tottering US ship with a 66-run stand. Hague and Driver combined ran amok as the pre-tournament favourites lost the final six wickets for just 37 runs and eventually were bowled out for 136 in 38.2 overs.

Paceman Hague returned with 5/38 while Driver took 3/32.

Afghanistan and Jersey not only progressed thro' to Saturday"s final but will also join Hong Kong, Fiji, Tanzania and Italy in the six-team WCL Div-4 slated to be held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania from Oct 4-11.

In turn, the top two teams from that tournament will progress to WCL Div. 3 in Argentina next January and hope to finish in the top two to qualify for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2009 in the UAE, which incorporates Div 1 and 2.

The top four Associate or Affiliate teams from the ICC World Cup Qualifier will book their places at theWorld Cup 2011 to be staged in Indian sub-continent (India, Pak, Lanka and Bangla).

Results (semis):

Afghan 142 all out in 49.3 overs (Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil 48, Rais Ahmadzai 22; Shakti Prasad Gauchan 3/12, Basant Regmi 3/30, Binod Kumar Das 2/20) beat Nepal 105 all out in 45.5 overs (Dawlat Ahmadzai 3/18, Hamid Hassan 2/12, Gul Abed 2/13, Nabi Eisakhil 2/15) by 37 runs.

Jersey 220 for 5 in  50 overs (Peter Gough 65, Steve Carlyon 45, Ryan Driver 28 n o, Mathew Hague 25; Imran Awan 2/37) beat United States 136 all out in 38.2 overs (Rashard Marshall 39, Aditya Thyagarajan 25; Hague 5/38, Driver 3/32) by 84 runs.

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