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Guernsey look ahead to Singapore

Tue, May 26, 2009 11:43 AM


Guernsey successfully qualified for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 6 tournament on Saturday after reaching the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 7 final.

Despite a three-wicket defeat to Bahrain the hosts of the tournament, by virtue of reaching the final, have been promoted to the Division 6 tournament which will be staged in Singapore from 29 August to 5 September.

A five-wicket haul and a brilliantly paced half-century by Qamer Saeed allowed Bahrain to finish the tournament unbeaten.

After losing both openers relatively early on, Guernsey looked to Jeremy Frith and Stuart Le Prevost, who have both been in outstanding form all week, to rebuild the innings.

But after a stand of 34, Le Prevost and Frith fell in the space of eight balls, to reduce Guernsey to 78-4, which quickly became 81-5 when Ross Kneller fell three balls later.

Lee Ferbrache then led Guernsey's recovery with an excellent 51 and received good support from Kris Moherndl (35) which helped Guernsey to 204-9. Qamar Saeed was the pick of the Bahrain bowlers taking 5-44 while Yaser Sadeq also taking two wickets.

In reply, after Ashraf Mughal fell early on, Bahrain's top-order, which had experienced mixed fortunes all week, finally found some form as Shazhad Ahmed (46) and Imran Sajjad (33) put on 81 for the second wicket.

But once again Bahrain suffered a dramatic collapse, struggling to come to terms with the spin attack of Gary Rich and Jeremy Frith on a turning wicket, as it slumped from 81-1 to 119-6.

While some had questioned Bahrain's qualities to chase a total under pressure, it demonstrated that it possessed them in abundance as a 72-run partnership between Qamar Saeed (55 not out) and Azeem ul Haq (25) guided it close to the victory target. Although Azeem was dismissed with 14 required for victory, Bahrain was able to achieve victory without too many further worries.

"It has been a great week for us, but Bahrain again proved today that it is a great side and it has won every game that it has played this week," Guernsey captain Stuart Le Prevost said

"They batted really well late-on and all credit to them for winning this tournament. I was disappointed with our performance today and I thought the guys were a little bit unlucky with the way they got out but that's the way it goes."

One consolation for Guernsey was Jeremy Frith, who struck two centuries while amassing 381 runs this week also took 15 wickets during the event, was named player of the tournament

In other matches, Nigeria achieved third place after an excellent win by 68 runs over Japan.

Nigeria reached 221-9 with Akabogu Okwudili (68) and Olajide Bejide (41 not out off just 42 balls) the key batsmen before four wickets by Olalekan Awolowo (4-34) helped dismiss for Japan for 138 all out.

The 5th/6th place play-off match between Suriname and Gibraltar turned out to be a thriller with the side from the Americas edging it by just eight runs.

A spectacular innings from Troy Dudnath, who smashed 130 off 90 balls, helped Suriname to 300-9 and although Gibraltar had excellent half-centuries from Chris Rocca (51) and Iain Latin (33) it could only reach 292-9 off 50 overs.

Gibraltar and Suriname were relegated to Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8 that will be played in 2010 while Japan and Nigeria will stay in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 event to be staged in 2011.

Score summaries:

Final

At KG Five: Guernsey 204-9, 50 overs (Lee Ferbrache 51, Kris Moherndl 35)

Bahrain 207-7, 46.1 overs (Qamar Saeed 55 not out, Shahzad Ahmed 46, Imran Sajjad 33; Gary Rich 3-39)

Bahrain won by three wickets

3rd/4th place play-off

At Port Soif: Nigeria 221-9, 50 overs (Akabogu Okwudili 68, Olajide Bejide 41 not out; Olalekan Awolowo 34; Alex Naoki 3-23, Kenji Murata 3-46)

Japan 153 all out, 48 overs (Gavin Beath 35; Adekunle Adegbola 3-9, Olalekan Awolowo 4-34)

Nigeria won by 68 runs

5th/6th place play-off

At College Field: Suriname 300-9, 50 overs (Troy Dudnath 130, Vishual Singh 46, Arun Gokoel 39 not out)

Gibraltar 292-8, 50 overs (Iain Latin 73, Chris Rocca 50; Arun Gokoel 3-55)

Suriname won by eight runs

Notes:

The official event website for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 is available at www.pepsiiccworldcricketleague.com.

A full explanation of the competition structure can be viewed by accessing the WCL Structure section of the site.



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