Namibia and Jersey posted stunning victories over Scotland and UAE respectively to throw their respective groups in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers into a frenzy, as Netherlands claim their 3rd win in a row to keep a firm grip on top spot in their group and enhance their chances to top the group and qualify directly for the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Day 5 action from the qualifiers saw the battle for the top spot between Netherlands and Singapore, however the Dutch with their superior team performance put it across the rampant Singaporeans to stay clear at the top of the points table. Scotland and UAE suffered their 2nd loss in 4 matches and now have to make strong comebacks in their ramaining matches to mount a challenge for the top spot.
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The previous day, it was Ireland, who put up a commanding show against Oman and claimed a crucial win to keep their hopes alive for the race of the top spot, as Canada claimed the spot for the time being after registering their 2nd consecutive win in as many games. Kenya finally opened their points account after registering a win over Bermuda, who along with Nigeria and Hong Kong, are in a do-or-die situation in their remaining matches to have any hopes of finishing among the top 4 in their respective groups.
While the win over Scotland saw Namibia open their points account to keep their hopes alive, Jersey strenghtened their chances big time by winning against UAE, who are having the toughest of times trying to keep their squad intact after their regular wicket-keeper Ghulam Shabber left the country without notifying, midway through the competition. UAE are already rocked by the suspensions to key players before the start of the tournament due to match-fixing scandal and also had Ashfaq Ahmed removed from the squad after the opening games on similar grounds.
Scotland 146/6 in 20 overs (Kyle Coetzer 54, Matthew Cross 40 n.o, Richie Berrington 22, Norman Vanua 1/14, Assad Vala 1/21, Damien Ravu 1/11) beat Papua New Guinea 142/9 in 20 overs (Norman Vanua 33, Lega Siaka 31, Assad Vala 20, Hamza Tahir 3/24, Josh Davey 2/23, Mark Watt 2/23, Safyaan Sharif 2/32) by 4 runs