It was the second warm-up day in the ICC Men’s World Cup qualifier T20 2019, but Scotland and Ireland have not received the memo. They played a thriller in Abu Dhabi, with Scotland after long ups and downs had the nose ahead.
Scotland chose the Tolerance Oval on Tuesday, October 15, and did well thanks to George Munsey. The opening stand had a value of 78 runs, which meant seven overs, but his partner Kyle Coetzer only contributed 16-ball-15 before falling to George Dockrell. Munsey himself was the next downfall, four overs later, but by that time he had brought the result to 119 in 10 overs.
The medal could not really benefit from the foundation he had laid. Oli Haris hammered an 18-ball 39, but most of the other seven hitters managed a 12-ball 17 from Matthew Cross. That was still enough to bring their record to a massive 210/8, but Ireland made a proper fist in the pursuit.
Although Gareth Delaney and Andrew Balbirnie lost Kevin O’Brien in vain early on, they teamed up to advance the hunt. Balbirnie stayed in the air, scoring a 48-ball-70 win and entering a mini-partnership with Harry Tector and Gary Wilson before coming in 154 points. Then Mark Adair took command and scored a 24-ball 45-goal to bring Ireland to the top of the pack.
His dismissal in the penultimate ball of Safyaan Sharif, however, has turned the direction of Scotland, and they have just survived.
Earlier in the day, at the ICC Academy Ground 2, African rivals Namibia and Nigeria started the opening game, with the Nigerians opting for the bat. Daniel Ayeku (16) and Adeleke Oyede (35) were alert but solid, and their partnership raised hopes for a competent whole.
Jersey see off Singapore!— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 15, 2019
Singapore were restricted to 112 after Julius Sumerauer's 3/20, before Nick Greenwood's 43-ball 46 helped Jersey seal the chase in their #T20WorldCup Qualifier 2019 warm-up clash.
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However, they collapsed, and since all of Christ’s Viljoen, Bernard Scholtz, and Craig Williams claimed to have two wickets per piece, Nigeria was kept at 96/9. Namibia wasted no time hunting, as Jean-Pierre Kotze and Niko Davin lined up for the opening wicket within five Overs 47.
The two were fired in the next two overs, but the damage had been done, and Gerhard Erasmus scored a 17-ball 32 to seal the victory.
There was an encounter between Singapore and Jersey at the Dubai International Stadium. Singapore was suspended to 112, Julius Sumerauer to 3/20, before Nick Greenwood’s 43-Ball-46 drove the pursuit.
Canada ruled Kenya to make sure both matches were won. They posted 191/8 after first betting at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, then limited Kenya to 165/8, with Jeremy Gordon returning 3/27.
Oman also won twice in so many warm-up games when he defeated the Netherlands four times in Abu Dhabi after missing out on a goal of 170 in 19.4 Overs thanks to opener Jatinder Singh’s 43-ball-64 victory,
Hong Kong defeated Bermuda in Dubai, while UAE hosts celebrated their second warm-up win over PNG in Abu Dhabi.
Warm-up games ✅— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 15, 2019
Wins for UAE and Hong Kong in the final two games today 👏
Game 1️⃣ is on Friday as Scotland take on Singapore! pic.twitter.com/PUVsDFgsQJ
An all-rounder, Waqas Barkat, who underpinned his 33 of 27 3/20 balls, was the star for Hong Kong. Ahsan Abbasi (32) and Kinchit Shah (48: 35) played a useful role in the break for 160: 5 before Shah’s opening volley and Barkat’s center-half scored 136: 8 for Bermuda.
The United Arab Emirates has overcome a measured start after 50/2 in Powerplay and built from there. Nine sixes were beaten in their 193/2, with Mohammad Usman beating two in his 38-ball 60 and Waheed Ahmed four in a cameo of 36 * out of 11 balls.
The PNG batsmen started, but with only 40 Sese Bau they could not go further than 178/7, resulting in a loss of 15 runs.