All 14 teams competing in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifying session were on Monday, October 14, in a warm-up round in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The first warm-up day was the perfect opportunity for players to form and adapt to the conditions, with the T20 next year’s World Cup in Australia offering six places and just four days to go before qualifying ,
🇰🇪 vs 🇯🇪 🏏— Jersey Cricket (@cricketinjersey) October 14, 2019
Jersey win by 7 wickets
Jenner 45 off 29 (not out)
Stevens 32 off 19
Carlyon 23 off 14
Greenwood 14 off 11 (not out)
Ferraby 8 off 8#backingred #WCQwarmup #cricket@jsypost
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In the morning games in Dubai, hosts UAE and Oman impressed with sweeping victories over Scotland and Papua New Guinea respectively. At Dubai International Stadium, the UAE scored 157/5 – an impressive performance given the relatively slow pitch. Scotland’s response never really got off the ground as they had a hard time countering the cunning attack of the UAE, whose frequent tempo changes proved effective.
Waheed Ahmed and Sultan Ahmed scored a 5:30 aggregate victory after eight overs as Scotland struggled to recover after a difficult start and lost both openers in the top two overs.
In the ICC Academy, Oman has meanwhile set an impressive accent. A total of nine bowlers were used to defeat their opponents for only 97. Four PNG players were exhausted. As in Scotland, the chase had not started optimally in Oman, as both openers had lost in the first round. Although their median rank was recovering admirably, Oman continued his excellent form – the winners of a home Pentangular series earlier this month – and eventually won with four goals.
In Abu Dhabi, there were convincing victories for Jersey and Bermuda. The two teams, none of which had ever qualified for an earlier edition of the T20 World Cup, went up against Kenya and Nigeria for victory. Jersey looked good with 127/6 of Kenya, beating only 13.2 overs as Bermuda scored a 53-run win over Nigeria.
In Dubai, Ireland was confident and professional against the other tournament favorites Netherlands. Ireland played on the same surface as the encounter between the UAE and Scotland and fought well for the 156/8 – a more than handy performance. Skipper Gary Wilson scored the most with 44 flowings, while Mark Adair gave a much-needed boost with a 13-ball 24 of # 8.
Ireland was excellent in this area. With the exception that two catches fell in-depth, they gave little and kept the Dutch at bay. Craig Young was the outstanding player with the ball, collecting 3/21 of his four overs. Adair added three wickets to the useful innings he had played earlier in the day (all in the final).
A Ravinderpal Singh-inspired Canada prevailed against Singapore in the game with the highest score of the day. In the hunt for Singapore’s 164/5, Canada won the game with 12 balls when Singh shot 79 of just 38 balls – he’s sure to be a player to watch out for when the tournament starts on Friday.
The most exciting finale took place at the ICC Academy in Dubai as the duel between Hong Kong and Namibia came to an end. Hong Kong needed nine points to win the final game and secured the victory with a ball – Scott McKechnie led the way with a composed 31 * that kept the chase together.
All 14 teams will be back on Tuesday to play the final round of the warm-up matches.