Following the frantic and chaotic action on the final day of ICC WCL Division 4 in Kuala Lumpur, Uganda and Denmark secured their spots in Division 3, to be played in 2018, possibly around the end of the year.
Host’s Malaysia and Jersey had everything to blame themselves for, as one could not restrict their opponents to the minimum score to lift their run-rate above Denmark and the latter could not chase the required runs to qualify.
Jersey did everything they could to bowl out Uganda for only 90 runs, only to see themselves have a major batting collapse to get bowled out for 83 and end up losing the match by 7 runs. Extraordinary and to think that no one was able to even see a glimpse of the amazing carnage on offer, either on TV or on the internet.
Malaysia had the match and their fates in their hand. They had to simply restrict Bermuda to less than 162 in their chase to both win the match and lift their net run-rate above Denmark. They did all the right things, dismissing six Bermuda players in no time and then just could not get either of Kamau Leverock or Janeiro Tucker out in the next stage of the match and saw Bermuda reach 162 and end their hopes in dejection. They did win the match but not being able to qualify will pinch them hard until they qualify next time when Division 4 comes around. And it’s a big time gap before that happens.
However, even after such disappointing results, both Malaysia and Jersey managed to hang onto their positions as 3rd and 4th in the tournament to remain in Division 4. Vanuatu and Bermuda, however, got relegated to Division 5 and will start from scratch again when the next cycle of WCL Division begins.
Now for the Champions and runners-up, the road to 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup dreams continues as they join Oman, Kenya, Singapore and USA in ICC WCL Division 3.
Singapore and USA remained in Division 3 after finishing on 3rd and 4th places the last time the tournament took place in Uganda while Oman and Kenya were relegated from Division 2, held in Namibia in Feb 2018 before ICC World Cup qualifiers.
Jersey’s Ben Stevens was adjudged the Man of the Series.