ICC World Cricket League: US keeps pace at the top; Easy win for Singapore
Lop-sided matches were the order of the day in the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three in Amerat on Monday as US trounced Kenya by a whopping margin of 158 runs while Singapore routed Denmark by 94 runs to bounce back from its opening match defeat at the hands of Oman.
Monday’s US victory took it to the top of the table with two out of two wins and a superior net run-rate over hosts Oman, which too, has four points.
Oman will look to maintain its 100 per cent winning start when it takes on Denmark in its third match on Tuesday. The match begins at 9.30am.
Singapore moved into third place on the table level on points with Uganda, which is back in action on Tuesday.
Following Saturday’s opening victory against Uganda, US, despite losing the toss, made the most of batting first.
Last match centurion, Monank Patel (26), and Jaskaran Malhotra (28) shared 46 for the opening wicket to get US off to a strong start, before Patel was caught off the bowling of Nehemiah Odhiambo.
Just three overs later Malhotra was lbw to Nelson Odhiambo but Kenya could not capitalise on these dismissals as Steven Taylor (41) and Aaron Jones (69) led the team to 114 before Taylor departed.
Taylor hit two fours and two sixes in his 35-ball innings while Jones, in contrast, hit three sixes in his knock of 118 balls.
Hayden Walsh (48) missed his half-century as US finished at 254 all out in 50 overs, with Nelson Odhiambo (4-50) the pick of the Kenyan bowlers.
Kenya’s reply got off to a slow start with three wickets falling in the first four overs. Opening bowler Ali Khan (3-36), who was later adjudged the Man of the Match (MoM), dismissed three of Kenya’s top four, including Irfan Karim for a duck.
Elmore Hutchinson took three middle-order wickets to help restrict the African side to 61 for eight, before Timil Patel took the final wicket to bowl Kenya out for 96 in 26 overs.
At the second ground, Singapore, put to bat, started strongly, with openers Aritra Dutta (87) and Arjun Mutreja (57) making the most of the early conditions.
They shared 140 for the first-wicket stand before Anique Uddin (2-36) accounted for them both. That got Denmark back into the match as Singapore fell from 162 for one to 190 for five, thanks to a pair of run-outs. Rezza Gaznavi dug deep for his 40 as Singapore finished with 254 in 49.3 overs. Saif Ahmad claimed three for 46.
Singapore also made a fluent start with the ball, thanks to Amjad Mahboob (3-28) dismissing Denmark opener
Zameer Khan (2). Fellow opener and captain Hamid Shah played solidly for 85 but wickets fell regularly at the other end – with leg-spinner Anantha Krishna (4-37) the pick of Singapore’s bowlers.
Shah was the ninth man out and just an over later Krishna dismissed Bashir Khan, with Denmark all out for 160.
Brief scores: US 254 in 50 overs (Taylor 41, Jones 69, Walsh 48; Nelson Odhiambo 4-50, Nehemiah Odhiambo 3-51) beats Kenya 96 in 26 overs (Rakep Patel 19; Hutchinson 3-17, Khan 3-36).
Singapore 254 in 49.3 overs (Dutta 87, Mutreja 57; Ahmad 3-46, Nicolaj Laegsgaard 2-36, Anique Uddin 2-36) beats Denmark 160 in 35.4 overs (Shah 85, Ahmad 23; Krishna 4-37, Mahboob 3-28).