ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER PLAY-OFF 2023
Namibia blast past Jersey, USA see off UAE at World Cup Qualifier Play-Off
by crickethighlights.one Staff • Last updated on Thu, Mar 30, 2023
Hosts Namibia got their World Cup Qualification campaign back on track with a second consecutive win at the CWC World Cup Qualifier Play-Off at Windhoek, holding Jersey to 213-9 in their clash at Wanderers CG before Michael van Lingen struck his fourth ODI ton in a record 198-run stand for the third wicket to complete the chase in just 32.1 overs. Jersey’s Jonty Jenner had struck 75 from number 4, thus far the top score in Island’s two-match ODI history, to get the islanders to what looked a competitive score on a worn wicket. But Erasmus and van Lingen made light work of the total, shrugging off the early loss of Niko Davin and Shaun Fouche to see the hosts home in quick time.
Meanwhile the United States also picked up their second win of the tournament with a win over the United Arab Emirates. Asif Khan’s second ODI ton had seen the Emirates post 279-9 at United, but teenaged number three Saiteja Mukkamalla guided the USA in the chase with a composed, unbeaten 120* to overhaul the Emirates’ total with six balls and five wickets to spare.
After Namibia lost the toss at Wanderers, the home seamers nonetheless had Jersey on the ropes from the off as Ben Shikongo had Harrison Carlyon dropped at second slip first ball, and the hosts didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough. Nick Greenwood nicked behind chasing a wide one from Ruben Trumpelmann in the sixth over and Shikongo took Carlyon’s outside edge again in the next. Berhard Scholtz came on first change and struck in his first over putting an arm ball through the gate to dismiss Asa Tribe, and at 32-3 Jersey were in danger of a collapse. Josh Lawrenson and Jenner dug in to add an accelerating 80 run partnership for the fourth wicket however, and seemed in control until Lawrenson lost his off stump to Shikongo for 42 in the 29th.
Jenner appeared unfazed, lifting Scholtz over the midwicket fence for a six before going to fifty two balls later driving to long off, but soon lost another partner as Dom Blampied failed to clear the man at deep midwicket off Erasmus, the innings stuttering at 136-5. There would be no late acceleration as Ben Ward was nicked off by Trumpelmann, and two overs later Jenner was down the track and bowled by Karl Birkenstock for 76 off 96. Erasmus brought back his strike bowlers to try to kill off the innings. and Shikongo obliged by castling Dunford in the 45th, but couldn’t find the last two wickets. Chuggy Perchard then clubbed Birkenstock as he lifted his side up over the 200-mark, but the eventual score of 213-9 would be made to look woefully inadequate.
Jersey looked well in the game for the first few overs as Julius Sumerauer pegged back Fouche’s off stump in the first over, before Perchard had Niko Davin driving hard to mid off where Greenwood took a sharp low catch. Erasmus soon changed the tone however, putting Eliot Miles inside-out over the cover boundary, then took three fours off Perchard in the next over. With van Lingen equally fluent at the other end, Jersey’s bowling began to look increasingly ragged, and the hosts took full advantage.
Erasmus soon brought up his half century clubbing a full toss from Blampied over backward square, and van Lingen following suit soon after drinks as the pair put on a century stand inside of 16 overs. From there it was all one way traffic, Van Lingen completing his century guiding Ward through the covers in the 31st over, and the win on the first ball of Ward’s next later sweeping disdainfully over his shoulder for four to finish unbeaten on 110 off 93 balls, Erasmus finished 12 short of a ton at the other end but his side’s position improved with an 8-wicket win that was completed with 107-balls to spare.
At United, the UAE likewise got off to a tough start as Muhammad Waseem was caught at mid on following a leading edge swipe but Vritya Aravind put the States on the back foot in the powerplay, making full use of the pace on the ball to take Ali Khan for 18 runs in the fourth over, finishing with a flick off leg stump for a flat six over square. Aravind added a brisk 73 for the second wicket in partnership with Aryan Lakra before Nisarg Patel had Lakra LBW for 26. Aravind pressed on with Rameez Shahzad, bringing up his half century in Patel’s next over driving to long off. A needless run-out cost Shahzad his wicket just after the pair took UAE to three figures, and Nisarg had Aravind bowled playing over a quicker ball for 57 in the next over. That brought Asif Khan to the crease however, and together with Rohan Mustafa he kept the runs flowing, Mustafa initially driving the scoring before Khan began to hit out.
Targeting Gajanand Singh, Khan crossed fifty cutting hard behind point, then twice going down the ground as 19 runs came off the 37th. Soon after Mustafa brought up the century partnership and the 200 for the UAE, but was sold a dummy by Asif five balls later and was stranded mid-pitch, run out for 38. Aayan Khan lost his off stump to Ali Khan for a two ball duck, and Meiyappan was lucky not to have been given run out soon after as the hapless running continued, but Asif kept scoring through the chaos, finally dismissed by Jessy Singh for an 84-ball 103 with 10 balls left in the innings.
On what has proved to be a remarkably high-scoring surface, the target of 280 always looked achievable, but it took a remarkably mature knock from a teenaged newcomer to get the job done for the States. Coming in at three at 44-1 in the ninth, Mukkamalla looked the senior partner in stands of 53 and 102 with Sushant Modani and skipper Monank Patel, scoring at close to a run a ball through the innings.
There would be a slight wobble before the close as Monank brought up his fifty tucking Aayan to leg for a single but was caught two balls later, and then Aaron Jones was pinned in front by Siddique with 65 still needed. Mukamalla never looked troubled however, a 60-run partnership with Gajanand Singh taking the States to the brink of victory before the latter was caught off Siddique again for 23. Jessy Singh would seal the win with his first scoring shot driving Siddique wide of long off. Mukkumalla deservedly was named the player of the match for his unbeaten 114-ball 120.
The tournament now takes another rest day before the action resumes on Saturday, when the UAE take on frontrunners Canada at Wanderers while Jersey and PNG meet at United.