Nitish Kumar century sees Canada shock the Netherlands

Fri, Jan 10, 2014 10:31 AM

A century from Canada opener Nitish Kumar saw Canada shock the Netherlands with a 39-run victory at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, on day one of warm up matches for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ).

Kumar’s knock of 107 came off 126 balls (5x4, 2x6), with fellow opener Ruvindu Gunasekera contributing 49 runs. A batting collapse saw Canada lose three wickets for six runs in less than three overs, but the side recovered to post 212 in 49.3 overs.

Netherlands’ spinner Mudassar Bukhari claimed four wickets for 44 runs.

In response, Netherlands was dismissed for 173 inside 43 overs, with Stephan Myburgh (40) and Mudassar Bukhari (39 not out) top scoring in the run chase. Netherlands’ Jimmy Hansra claimed three for 17.

In one of three matches played in Christchurch, Hong Kong recorded a two-run victory over Kenya at Christ’s College despite an unbeaten knock of 130 from Kenya opener Irfan Karim. The side posted 242 for nine following 69 from Mark Chapman, while Babar Hayat added a quick-fire 46. For Kenya, Elijah Otieno and Ragheb Aga took two wickets apiece.

Kenya’s response started slowly, with Karim setting the pace, striking nine fours and one six on the way to 130 not out. Rakep Patel added 49 runs, but the side was not able to maintain the required run rate, and reached 240 from its 50 overs with four wickets in hand. Irfan Ahmed was the key wicket-taker for Hong Kong, claiming three for 32.

In other matches of the day, the UAE defeated Uganda by 73 runs at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, after posting a commanding total of 280 from its 50 overs. Half centuries by Shaiman Anwar (59) and skipper Khurram Khan (56 retired) were the corner stone of the innings. In response, Uganda posted 207 for five to fall 73 runs short of victory. Abram Ndhlovu Mutyagaba top scored with 76 (retired).

Half centuries from Matt Machan and Calum MacLeod saw Scotland record a seven wicket victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG) at St Andrew’s College.

Safyaan Sharif and (four for 24) and Rob Taylor (four for 26) took four wickets apiece to dismiss the East Asia-Pacific side for 171 inside 48 overs, before MacLeod (57 from 52 balls) and Machan (67 from 45 balls) chased down the target with 22 overs to spare.

Namibia recorded a four run victory over Nepal at Burwood Park, Christchurch, with Louis Klazinga claiming the wickets of top-scorers Binod Bhandari (65) and Basant Regmi (39) within two overs to dismiss Nepal for 227, after Nicolass Scholtz (79) and Stephan Baard (73) led Namibia to a total of 231 for nine.

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