Denmark, Singapore and Malaysia will Fight for Promotion
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 2:55 PM
The 4th round of WCL-4 featured lots of runs and some nail biting finishes. Denmark defended their mammoth total of 270 comfortably. Malaysia beat Italy narrowly by 6 runs while Singapore stumbled their way to victory chasing down a tricky target of 187.
Oman put into bat by Singapore, were reduced to a total of 187 in their 50 overs. Off-spinner Mulewa Dharmichand did most of the damage picking up 4 wickets for just 21 runs. It could have been worse for Oman, who were 129 for 8, had Amir Ali not played a 50 runs off 51 ball cameo, down the order.
Singapore started their chase briskly. The opening pair put on a 66 run stand before Andre de Lange, 34, lost his wicket to a run out. Christopher Janik, 21, and Kshitij Shinde, 15, looked to have got them closer to the finish, but Ajay Lalcheta picked up 5 for 20 including a hat trick causing commotion in the Singapore ranks. In what turned out to be a battle of nerves, opener Chaminda Kumarage carried his team to victory putting up a colossal unbeaten 81.
Chaminda rated his knock among one of his best: “Playing for country, it is special. I was comfortable playing with Chris but once he got out there was pressure. But I knew we still have batsmen. Like Kumar, he is no. 3 batsman for his club. So I knew I just needed to stay there.”
In the game at Indian Association, Malaysia got off to a similar start as Oman. But captain Faiz, 51, and Suharril Fitri, 44, put on a vital 88 run stand for the 5th wicket to provide a platform for the onslaught that followed. Italy conceded 122 runs in the last 13 overs as Malaysia stacked 240 runs on the board. Aminuddin Ramly, 48 off 47, and Shafiq Sharif, 34 off 29, contributed towards the acceleration. Vincenzo Pennazza was the pick of the bowlers for Italy bagging 4 wickets for 42 runs.
Italy’s chase was shaky from the start as they lost their opener in the second over. Carl Sandri played his hand with a blistering 41 off 19 balls while middle order batmsen Alessandro Bonora, 68 , and Tharindu Fernando, 43, fought hard to bring them close. In the nail biting finish which opened up the possibility of all 3 results, Malaysia just nicked it by 6 runs. Shahrulnizam picked up 5 wickets for 49 runs wrapping up the tail.
Shahrulnizam is now the leading wicket taker for the tournament: "I feel happy and proud to give something to my team." He was confident his team can beat Oman to secure promotion even though Oman beat Malaysia in their recent ACC Premier meeting: "We will try our best to beat them. They have a good side. So the game will be a good game for both team."
At SCC, Denmark started aggressively racking up 93 runs for the 1st wicket. Freddie Klokker went on to score 80 while fellow opener, Zameer Khan and 1-down batsman Michael Pedersen scored 30 and 32 respectively. They faltered a bit losing some quick wickets but the lower order did their job in making sure Denmark end up with a staggering total of 270. Nat Watkins was Jersey’s best bowler getting 4 wickets for 49 runs.
Jersey batsmen fought hard trying to conserve their wickets and got starts but none converted and the chase never really got anywhere. They were bowled out for 136 giving Denmark another massive victory. Denmark’s bowling department was led by Raja Javed who picked up 3 for 26 and supported by Michael Pedersen who took 2 for 22.
The man of the match, Freddie Klokker, said Denmark had a simple plan: “We play simple, we play hard and we’ve been clinical in our finishing. That’s why we win and win big and are at the top of the table.” At the moment he tops the run getters chart and is looking forward to keeping his run tally ahead of the rest: “We've got another two games and if I can get a little hundred against Italy and stay on top it’d be nice.”
The massive victory keeps Denmark at the summit of the table with an impressive net run rate followed by Singapore and Malaysia. All 3 teams are tied at 6 points and whoever drops points on the final day could lose out on promotion. In the case that all three get similar results it will boil down to net run rate.
Scores in brief:
Oman 186 for 8 in 50 overs (A Ali 50 J Singh 37; M Dharmichand 4-21 S Vijayakumar 2-23 C Janik 2-32)
Singapore 187 for 8 in 45.4 overs (C Kumarage 81 Andre de Lange 37; A Lalcheta 5-20 A Kaleem 2-42)
Singapore won by 2 wickets with 4.2 overs remaining
Player of the Match: Chaminda Ruwan Kumarage (Singapore)
At Indian Association:
Malaysia 240 for 9 in 50 overs (A Faiz 51 A Ramly 48 S Fitri 44; V Pennazza 4-42 D Crowley 2-25)
Italy 236 all out in 48.3 overs (A Bonora 68 W Fernando 43 C Sandri 41; S Yusof 5-49 K Hayat 2-50)
Malaysia won by 6 runs
Player of the Match: Shahrulnizam Yusof (Malaysia)
At Singapore Cricket Club:
Denmark 270 all out in 49.5 overs (F Klokker 80 A Khan 32 M Pedersen 32; N Watkins 4-49 C Perchard 2-32)
Jersey 136 all out in 39 overs (P Gough 33 B Stevens 29; R Javed 3-26 M Pedersen 2-22 A Ahmed 2-32)
Denmark won by 134 runs
Player of the Match: Freddie Klokker (Denmark)