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Qatar lose to Italy in ICC WCL Div 5

Qatar lose to Italy in ICC WCL Div 5


Tribune News Network
DOHA
Riding on half-centuries from openers Rakibul Hasan and Gian Meade, Italy capped their chase with a comfortable six-wicket win over Qatar during the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 at the Willowmoore Park in Benoni, South Africa on Monday.
The second triumph in a row placed the Italians on the top of the Group A, followed by Qatar, Guernsey and Cayman Islands.
Italy won the toss and elected to field, and that looked the right choice when they removed Faisal Javid Khan off just the second ball of the match. But Iman-ul-Haq (36) steadied the ship, while Tamoor Sajjad (40) and Kamran Khan (33) carried Qatar to 209 all out from 46.3 overs.
Hasnat Ahmed's four for 37 did much of the damage for Italy, who then began the run chase in earnest, attacking Qatar's bowling right from the go.
Meade's 51 in 84 balls with a six and four boundaries and Hasan smashed seven fours in his 62 off 67 balls to put together a fine 123-run opening record. Later, Dan Crowley (46) and Peter Petricola (21 not out) secured victory with 47 balls to go.
Italy face Cayman Islands in the final group game on Wednesday, while Qatar battle Guernsey.
Italy captain Gayashan Munasinghe said:"We have got the Cayman Islands next and we need to improve our fielding. We have got a rest day coming up so that helps us."
Qatar's Iman-ul-Haq said:"We needed partnerships but we just could not get any. I think we were a little bit tired after our first match."
Jersey, Ghana and Guernsey all picked up vital wins on the second day of the event.
Eight teams are fighting for just two promotion spots as they begin qualification for the 2023 World Cup, making each game vital, and only two sides have a 100 per cent winning record.
Jersey are one of those after chasing 248 to beat Germany by five wickets at the Sahara Park, Willowmoore. Jonty Jenner was the glue which held the innings together, as he struck 68 not out, and was ably supported by Ben Stevens (53), Peter Gough (36) and Nat Watkins (34).
Jersey captain Perchard said:"I think we just put in a good performance on a good wicket. With the bat a platform was set and we just went at the rate required.
"I think the boys are all in good form and excited at the prospect of a semi-final, if we can get there. We are looking forward to playing Ghana in two days' time."
Germany skipper Rishi Pillai said:"I think we were about 40 runs short. If we had got those runs it would have been a different result."
Brief scores
Italy beat Qatar by six wickets at Willowmoore Park C, Benoni
Qatar: 209 all out, 50 overs (Tamoor Sajjad 40, Inam-ul-Haq 36, Kamran Khan 33; Hasnat Ahmed 4-37, Gayashan Munasinghe 3-52)
Italy: 212-4, 41.5 overs (Rakibul Hasan 62, Gian Meade 51, Damian Crowley 46; Tamoor Sajjad 2-42, Khurram Shahzad 1-19)

Guernsey beat Cayman Islands by six wickets at Sahara Park, Willowmoore, Benoni
Cayman Islands: 214-9, 50 overs (Sacha De Alwis 60, Ramon Sealy 36, Ryan Bovell 28; David Hooper 5-36)
Guernsey: 216-4, 36.3 overs (Josh Butler 93, Oliver Newey 54, Matthew Stokes 31; Conroy Wright 1-25, Alessandro Morris 1-37)

Jersey beat Germany by five wickets at Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Germany: 248 all out, 49.2 overs (Rishi Pillai 46, Amith Sarma 42, Brandon Ess 33; Ben Stevens 2-35, Ben Kynman 2-38, Charles Perchard 2-45)
Jersey: 251-5, 44.4 overs (Jonty Jenner 68 not out, Ben Stevens 53, Peter Gough 36; Asad Mohammad 3-53)

Ghana beat Vanuatu by two wickets at Willowmoore Park A, Benoni
Vanuatu: 124 all out, 47.2 overs (Andrew Mansale 26, Ronald Tari 24; Obed Agbomadzie 3-22, Vincent Ateak 2-31)
Ghana 125-8, 33.5 overs (Peter Ananya 50, Frank Baleri 27; Nalin Nipiko 3-41, Jelany Chilia 2-24)

Points tables
GROUP A
TEAM M W L T P
Italy 2 2 0 0 4
Qatar 2 1 1 0 2
Guern 2 1 1 0 2
Caym 2 0 2 0 0

GROUP B
TEAM M W L T P
Jersey 2 2 0 0 4
Ger 2 1 1 0 2
Ghana 2 1 1 2 2
Van 2 0 2 0 0

Wednesday’s matches
Group A: Cayman Islands v Italy (Willowmoore A); Guernsey v Qatar (Willowmoore Park)
Group B: Germany v Vanuatu (Willowmoore C); Ghana v Jersey (Willowmoore B)

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