GH Smit stars with both bat and ball
Rakesh Madhavan century secures Malaysia victory over Botswana
Guernsey and Malaysia were victorious in today's reserve day matches in Singapore at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 (WCL Div.6).
After poor weather on Tuesday forced two fixtures to be abandoned, the Kalang ground hosted Malaysia's victory over Botswana, while the Indian Association was the venue as Guernsey beat Norway.
At the Indian Association, GH Smit put on an impressive performance with both the bat and the ball to secure Guernsey its first win of the tournament Smit managed 71 in the first innings and took match figures of 4-27 and made life very easy for the man-of-the-match adjudicator.
Meanwhile at Kalang, Rakesh Madhavan made 115 not out to help Malaysia to victory over Botswana by eight wickets.
Guernsey's first win of the WCL Div.6 came after it had set Norway a target of 244 in its designated 50 overs. Opening batsman Smit made 71 off 116 balls, while Jeremy Frith made his third half-century of the tournament after scoring 54 off 56 balls.
Only four of Norway's batsmen managed to reach double figures, one of whom was its captain Zaheer Ashiq. Zaheer led the way with an impressive 62 that included six fours and four sixes, but he departed after being caught by Guernsey wicketkeeper Thomas Kneller off the bowling of Frith, while the next highest scorer was Aziz Ataul who departed for 49 off the bowling of Smit.
Norway's number-six batsman, Shabbaz Butt, made a valiant effort of 34 in an attempt to chase the target but none of the lower order batsmen was able to assist him as the side lost four quick wickets in the space of six overs.
Butt was the last wicket to fall to Smit, giving Guernsey its first victory of the tournament, with five overs to spare. Afterwards, man of the moment Smit said: "I'm very happy that we've finally managed to show what we can do as a side.
"I felt we underperformed in our previous matches which I think helped us today as we simply didn't want to lose another match. It was a real motivation to do well.
"Tomorrow's game against Botswana is going to be really tough especially since they, along with ourselves and Norway, have one win each – so tomorrow is all about who stays up and who goes down and we definitely don't want to go down having only just come up to this division."
Speaking of Botswana, it set Malaysia a target of 234 and things started well for the Africans when Malaysia's opening batsman Mohammad Shafiq departed for three runs after being bowled by Botswana captain Omar Ali.
This left the number-two batsman Madhavan to steady the ship and he was assisted for the majority of his innings by Ahmad Faiz as the pair put 116 runs on the board before Faiz departed for 56.
It was up to Malaysia's captain Suhan Alagaratanam, who finished on 36 not out, to assist Madhavan to his century and put Malaysia into second place ahead of its final group stage match tomorrow against Singapore.
Madhavan said of tomorrow's fixture: "It's a great feeling to score a century and win man of the match but my focus, and the team's, is now to tomorrow and our final group match which is against Singapore.
"We really want to beat them, which we know we can do, and tomorrow's game is really important as it will secure us promotion to Division 5 in Nepal next year."
Tomorrow will see the conclusion of the group stage of the tournament when Singapore will face Malaysia at Kalang, Botswana will take on Guernsey at Singapore Cricket Club and Norway will play Bahrain at Indian Association.
Score summaries (day five – round three replay results):
At Kalang: Botswana 233 all out, 50 overs (Faizal Rana 63; Hassan Ghulam 5-49)
Malaysia 234-2, 43.4 overs (Rakesh Madhavan 115 not out)
Malaysia won by eight wickets
At Indian Association: Guernsey 244-9, 50 overs (GH Smit 71, Jeremy Frith 54; Iram Dawood 4-49)
Norway 197 all out, 45.4 overs (Zaheer Ashiq 62; GH Smit 4-27)
Guernsey won by 47 runs
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