x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Giant-killers Namibia keep feet on ground in World Twenty20 Qualifier

Captain stresses need to 'take one match at a time' after third straight victory as Afghanistan join in the winning spree. Sports round-up

The Namibians were excellent against in the field yesterday.
The Namibians were excellent against in the field yesterday.

Namibia continued their good run of form with a third successive victory in the World Twenty20 Qualifier yesterday but refused to get carried away.

Craig Williams and his side scored a 17-run victory over the United States, following shock victories over Ireland and Scotland, to maintain their cent per cent record in three matches along with Afghanistan.

"Obviously it is a great position to be in," Williams said. "But it is a 12-day tournament ... we need to continue to work hard and take one match at a time."

Raymond van Schoor hit an unbeaten 79 as Namibia posted 177 for four.

The US made a match of it through Aditya Mishra's 53 before falling short in Dubai.

Afghanistan made short work of Denmark with an 89-run victory. Karim Sadiq smashed 91 off 60 balls in Afghanistan's total of 172 for five before going on to take four for 12 with the ball.

"This is my best day in Twenty20 cricket," the all-rounder said. "I love to entertain, so I love Twenty20 cricket. We are looking good and want to keep up the winning momentum."

Italy came up with another good show but could not stop Ireland from winning by two wickets at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ireland, who restricted Italy to 100 for seven, reached the target with just two balls to spare.

Canada restricted Hong Kong to 81 for eight before Hiral Patel (40) and Nitesh Kumar (22 not out) steered the North Americans to 84 for two in just 14 overs.

The Netherlands beat Bermuda by four runs as Michael Swart's knock of 53 enabled the Dutch to score 125 for nine and Timm van der Gugten took four for 22 to restrict Bermuda to 121 for eight.

"Credit should go to Timm van der Gugten. He's a good death bowler in situations like these and he proved to be very effective today," Swart said.

Kenya won their first match, defeating Oman by 35 runs. Alex Obanda (52) and Duncan Allan (51) took Kenya to 176 for five and Oman finished on 141 for nine.

Papua New Guinea also registered their first win in three matches with a 35-run victory over Nepal. PNG's total of 137 for eight revolved around an unbeaten 38 from Christopher Amini and 32 from former England test wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.

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