Uganda win thriller over Denmark

Uganda, Denmark, Jersey and Malaysia are all still in contention after four rounds of the ICC World Cricket League Division 4.

Saturday’s matches will confirm the top two teams qualifying for Division 3, after Uganda took four Danish wickets in the last over to win by one run (DLS Method) in a thrilling match at Kinrara Oval.

In the day’s other matches Jersey kept their Division 4 hopes alive beating Malaysia by 10 runs (DLS Method) at the UKM Cricket Oval and Vanuatu defeated Bermuda by four wickets to secure their first victory of the tournament.

Uganda v Denmark

In a remarkable match at the Kinrara Oval, with Denmark needing five runs from six balls to secure victory, Uganda took four Danish wickets to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In a match that had everything Uganda scored a solid total of 215 runs for eight wickets after 50 overs. Hamu Kayondo’s 51 runs from 98 balls including two fours and Brian Masaba 47 runs from 99 balls including four fours was the foundation of the Uganda innings. Late runs from Fred Achelam (39) and Kenneth Waiswa (37 not out) contributed to a defendable total from the African side.

Denmark’s reply started well with the European side on 79 runs for three wickets when the rain started to fall at the end of the 24th over. With the covers coming off some time after, Denmark required 57 runs from 32 balls with seven wickets remaining. With four overs to go it looked like captain Hamid Shah (37) would lead Denmark to victory, but with his wicket falling, Uganda were spurred on. Taranjit Bharaj (32) was the next to go and was followed by Saif Ali Ahmad (7), leaving Denmark requiring five runs from six balls.

In a remarkable last over bowled by Roger Mukasa, Anique Uddin (2) was run out first ball of the over and was followed back to the pavilion by Javed (0) who was adjudged lbw the next ball. Needing two runs for victory, Henriksen (6) was caught on the fifth ball and Bashir Shah (1) was run out after trying to secure a tie on the last ball of the innings, handing Ugandan an incredible victory.

Malaysia v Jersey

In another rain-affected game Jersey won to keep themselves in contention for a top two finish. Batting first Nathaniel Watkins (79, 102b, 6×4, 1×6), Nicholas Ferraby (52, 52b, 3×4, 1×6) and Ben Stevens (47, 59b, 2×4, 3×6) all scored runs. The Malaysian bowlers Pavandeep Singh (2/39), Syed Aziz (2/37) and Virandeep Singh (2/40) took two wickets apiece, leaving Jersey on 270 for eight wickets after 50 overs.

Malaysia’s response got off to a good start as Virandeep Singh (83, 123b, 6×4, 1×6) and Ahmad Faiz (47, 59b, 3×4, 1×6) piled on the runs. With a rain interruption, Jersey’s Cornelis Bodenstein was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 23 runs. The chase was a step too far for the hosts who finished on 221 runs for seven wickets from the allotted 42 overs, handing Jersey a 10-run victory.

Bermuda v Vanuatu

Vanuatu secured their first victory of the tournament beating Bermuda by four wickets at UKM Cricket Oval. Bermuda batted first with Terryn Fray scoring 77 runs from 132 balls including five fours. Dion Stovell also contributed with 35 runs from 90 balls including three fours. Patrick Matautaava was the stand out bowler taking four wickets for 41 runs.

In reply, Vanuatu’s chase focused on Shane Deitz who scored 71 runs from 114 balls including six fours. Joshua Rasu (31) and Nalin Nipoko (26) both contributed with important innings as they chased down the winning runs with an over to go winning by four wickets.

Scores in brief

Uganda beat Denmark by one run (DLS Method) at Kinrara Oval

Uganda 215-8, 50 overs (Hamu Kayondo 51; Apollinaire Stephen 3/37)

Denmark 129 all out, 29 overs (Hamid Shah 37, Taranjit Bharaj 32; Roger Musaka 2/3)

Jersey beat Malaysia by 10 runs (DLS Method) at Royal Selangor Club

Jersey 270 all out, 50 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 79, Nicholas Ferraby 52; Pavandeep Singh 2/39)

Malaysia 221-7, 42 overs (Virandeep Singh 83, Ahmed Faiz 47; Cornelis Bodenstein 3/23)

Vanuatu beat Bermuda by 4 wickets at UKM Cricket Oval

Bermuda 181-9, 50 overs (Terryn Fray 77, Dion Stovell 35; Patrick Matautaava 4/41)

Vanuatu 183-6, 49 overs (Shane Deitz 71 not out, Joshua Rasu 31; Dion Stovell 4/38)

ICC World Cricket League Division 4 standings

Team Played Won Lost Points NNR
Uganda 4 3 1 6 1.464
Denmark 4 3 1 6 0.510
Jersey 4 2 2 4 0.174
Malaysia 4 2 2 4 -0.057
Vanuatu 4 1 3 2 -0.866
Bermuda 4 1 3 2 -0.879

Upcoming matches:

Tomorrow is a rest day

5 May: Denmark v Vanuatu (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Bermuda (Royal Selangor Club); Uganda v Jersey (UKM Cricket Oval)

6 May: Final (Kinrara Cricket Oval); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Royal Selangor Club); 5th v 6th Playoff (UKM Cricket Oval)