UAE, Canada record wins on enthralling day of cricket


United Arab Emirates and Canada overcame resilient performances from Papua New Guinea and Jersey respectively to gain their first points in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off here in Windhoek on Monday.
PNG won the toss and chose to field. An inspired Chad Soper (4/43) gave his side the dream start, extracting the maximum value with the new ball and picking four wickets in his opening spell. UAE skipper Muhammad Waseem played the lone soldier for the first 20 overs as no other batter was able to get in. But, the confident presence of 17-year-old Aayan Khan liberated Waseem, and the batter increased the stakes once he reached fifty. He hit three sixes in Charles Amini’s fifth over, which was taken for 21 runs.
However, the batter fell four short of his hundred to give Semo Kamea his second success. This didn’t stop Aayan though, who took the initiative from Waseem and went hammer and tongs toward the end of the innings. Courtesy of his run-a-ball 94, UAE ended at 260/7.
PNG got off to a fast start thanks to Kiplin Doriga and Tony Ura, who combined 145 runs in the opening 20 overs. Doriga went for the attack in the first overs, while Ura joined the festivities after settling in. UAE bowlers proved to be relentless and provided wickets at regular intervals. Zahoor Khan, Aayan and Junaid Siddique cleaned up the lower order to hand UAE a win.
Meanwhile, Canada defeated Jersey by 31 runs. Canada’s top order lacked more in application than intent, as the loss of four batters for 56 in the first 10 overs showed. The North American squad was unable to capitalise on the unpredictable performance of ODI debutants Jersey during that time, who let up 16 extra runs. As a result, they were forced to begin the rebuilding process.
Chasing a target of 239, Jersey got off to a solid start. After putting on 36 runs for the first wicket with Harrison Carlyon, Nick Greenwood (59) added 81 for the second with Josh Lawrenson.
Canada gained a foothold in the match when Lawrenson was removed for 66 by Dutta in the 40th over. It was still anyone’s game with Canada leading by 61 runs and two new batters at the wicket. And skipper Saad Bin Zafar put the bowling side ahead with a double-wicket 43rd over. Jersey were eventually bowled out in the 48th over.