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Captain Haq, Khan fire Qatar to 3-wicket victory

Captain Haq, Khan fire Qatar to 3-wicket victory


Tribune News Network
DOHA
An opening century stand by captain Inam-Ul-Haq and Qalandar Khan inspired a thrilling three-wicket victory by Qatar over Guernsey in the Pool A match of the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 on Wednesday.
At the Sahara Main Oval in Kingsmead, South Africa, Qatar restricted Guernsey to 231 for nine in 50 overs with Mohammed Nadeem (three for 49) and Tamoor Sajjad taking five wickets between them.
Haq and Khan mixed caution and aggression and essayed a fine 112 runs stand in 22 overs before the latter became the first player to get out when trapped leg before by David Hooper.
Khan struck 56 off 64 balls, which included nine hits to the fence. His partner was the second to be dismissed at 143, soon after posting his fine half-century. His 63 came in 83 balls and contained nine boundaries.
The right-arm medium pacer Hooper, Oliver Newey, also a right-arm medium pacer, and left-arm spinner Max Ellis finished with two wickets each to deal out blows to Qatar at regular intervals.
A late mini collapse was caused by Guernsey and Qatar lost three quick players. Muhammed Tanveer was sent back for 47 by Newey. But a gritty resistance from Mohammed Rizlan, who made 22 not out off 35 balls, Awais Malik (10 not out) dug in to see the team home with three wickets and 13 balls to spare.
Earlier, a fine 80 with a six and five fours in 101 balls by Newey formed the foundation of Guernsey's 231. Josh Butler (36 with four boundaries), Ben Ferbrache (34) and Tom Nightingale (31) ensured the team crossed the 200-mark.
This was the second victory for Qatar in three matches and they are holding the second spot behind Italy in the pool.
The Italians beat Cayman Islands by a huge 122 runs to post their third successive triumph.
In other matches, Jersey hammered Ghana by 108 runs and Vanuatu pulled off a four-wicket victory over Germany.

Brief scores
Qatar beat Guernsey by three wickets
Guernsey: 231 for nine in 50 overs (Oliver Newey 80, Josh Butler 36, Ben Ferbrache 34, Tom Nightingale 31, Mohammed Nadeem 3/49, Tamoor Sajjad 2/33)
Qatar: 234 for seven in 47.5 overs (Inam-Ul-Haq 63, Qalandar Khan 56, Muhammad Tanveer 47, Mohammed Rizlan 22 not out, Newey 2/38, Max Ellis 2/40, David Hooper 2/38)

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