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Calum Macleod's 140 not out helped Scotland beat England in the one-off ODI in Edinburgh.

The coming year looks to be a busy employee, cricket to play, with five regional T20 WC qualifying finals and the Global Qualifier itself, planned for the end of October, in addition to the new Cricket World Cup Challenge League, set to kick-off after the perennial World Cricket League concludes with the final of the Division 2 in Namibia in March. The first couple of weeks in 2019, look relatively calm, however. The ACC-Western Regional T20, which begins next week in Oman see Saudi Arabia, the Maldives, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain contest the first VfL-mens' national player of the year, with the Nepal - six-match T20 and ODI tour in the United Arab Emirates on the way, a week later.

From the territory of the United States, the long-awaited return of the ICC-fold the year of the first major development (if completely expected), while Canada remarkable the announcement of a total of 18 Global T20-funded full-time contracts for Canadian cricket player signals a (if unorthodox) step in the direction of professionalization, but outside of North America, a quiet start to the year so far. So, before the employee starts the 2019 seriously, we have a chance to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of what was a remarkable year outside the full-member circle, and the incidents and accidents that defined the fortunes of the game, smaller Nations in the year 2018.

The rise of Afghanistan and Ireland

If you have employees in Ireland and in Afghanistan out on the Test stage last year was a significant moment for Associate fans yet. To win the first countries to Full membership, and are welcomed, in the Test-playing fold in almost two decades, the debutants were cheered by their former colleagues around the world. There are fates, which were rather mixed, Ireland to give a credible account of itself as Kevin O'brien's second-innings century and Tim Murtagh's menace with the new ball briefly threatened to turn the tables on Pakistan in Malahide, while in Afghanistan were rolled up within two days through India in a one-sided affair in Bengaluru. But even without a fairy-tale first win, the rise of the Irish and the Afghans a heart for those who hope to follow in their footsteps. A trap-door was opened, in cricket metaphorical glass ceiling, although with the de-funding of the Intercontinental Cup, the conductor, Afghanistan and Ireland climbed looks pretty shaky.

The U.S. resurgence

There was never much doubt about which two teams would progress to the North American WT20 Sub-Regional Qualifier in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the battle between Canada and the revival of the United States at the top of the table, two of the most exciting games of the year. Their first encounter saw Canada come out on top in a Super Over after a dramatic tie, the second saw Steven Taylor smash 22 from Junaid Siddiqui is finally over, hit back-to-back to take sixes, the United States spare at home with a ball. The game was dramatic enough in and of itself, but the strangest thing was the fact that it was observed, around the world. USA Cricket, the member States Board of Directors-in-waiting, streamed live to your website, will have to do last-minute-distance, so from the ICC. The video feed availability at the same time occupied three changes is also likely to be cricket as transformative for US and it, namely, the new Board of Directors is the apparent competence, the close cooperation with Dubai, and eventually, the relaxation of the ICC's long-standing ban on live-streaming Associated tournaments. The re-emergence of the United States after decades of mismanagement is not in itself likely would be one of the most important developments of the year, and the Americans are going to reach your best result in the World Cricket League, a few weeks later, finishing runners-up to Oman in Division 3 in Muscat, qualifying for the Division 2 and one step closer to ODI status.

United Arab Emirates ruin Zimbabwe party

The world Cup qualifying game in Zimbabwe went almost perfectly to plan for the hosts, their shame, who doubted their ability to stage such a big tournament, or if anyone would show up to see when they did it. Harare Sports Club was at full capacity as the hosts UAE took in their last match, looking to seal a place at the world Cup in which ZC Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani seemingly as a "matter of course." Rameez Shahzad and Mohammad Naveed put paid to that idea. Shahzad has 59 out of 60 set the platform, Naveed 22 10 full got the UAE to claim 235, before the rain came. Chasing a revised 230 goal after the break, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza got Zimbabwe in the vicinity, but the two would fall before the end, and Craig Ervine, no replies to Naveed knife was sharp Yorkers in the death. Three runs was looked at, the margin that Zimbabwe will be short and to the Emirates to claim their first victory over a full member. The victory underlined the return of Rohan Mustafa ' s side, to the Associated top-flight struggles after a difficult period of reconstruction, while Zimbabwe is broke and instant blame, and power, the cost of the employment of captain Graeme Cremer and Heath Streak, and virtually its entire workforce. The local administrators and the media were outraged, both by the Zimbabwe team and their opponents (who have not been repeatedly and inaccurately dismissed as "Amateurs" in the local press), the true doctrine of the tournament, namely, how far the gap between top employees and less Full-closed members.

Borren arches

There was no public debt-to-hurl back in the Netherlands after the Dutch, a similarly disappointing tournament, but they, too, their captain would lose in the subsequent period. After twelve years in the Orange and almost a decade at the top, with the iconic Netherlands skipper Peter Borren forced to step felt to the bottom, with Pieter Seelaar take the reins as the Dutch in preparation for the upcoming campaign in the CWC ODI Super League. Only 34, the Dutch certainly Borren to miss on the field for his occasional game-winning turns with bat and ball, but especially with his thoughtful and innovative captain's armband. An "absolute devious tactical genius" in the words of Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer, the Dutch under Borren foresaw years, the global game, especially in terms of tactical transformation in the shortest format. Although the Netherlands' opponents will perhaps be glad to see that will miss him the rest of the game, is an outspoken and tireless advocate of the employee.

Raza's lament

The cause of these countries are excluded from the soccer world Cup, it already has many champions, but few have you ever talked on, more touching than Zimbabwe, Sikandar Raza in the proximity of the world Cup qualifiers in March. Collect his player of the tournament trophy, a visibly emotional Raza called the award a "painful reminder of crushed dreams" - not only in Zimbabwe, but also your Partner "brother-countries", which are excluded from the sports pinnacle event - some by the narrowest of margins, others by sheer capricious misfortune.

Scotland tragedy

Chief among them were Scotland, which looked strong contenders for a top finish with two on the way in the super sixes, we go undefeated in the group stage. Andy Balbirnie dealt the first blow to their hopes, horse-riding, to compile his luck, what a match-winning century would be after surviving an LBW appeal, all convinced, but referee Paul Wilson. The Scots were left facing a must-win scenario in their final match against the West Indies, and got a dream start, Safyaan Sharif nicking from Chris Gayle first ball, and goes on to take, 3-27, like the Scots, the Windies knocked over for just 198. After stumbling at the start of the chase, losing opener Coetzer and cross too early, but Richie Berrington rank, the dynamics is determined again, the building, the partnerships with Calum Macleod and George Munsey Scotland last point, halfway through the 30 mark. You would be denied, however, by rain, the lack of DRS and an outrageous LBW decision that Berrington saw on 33, when a Ashley paged a nurse, offbreak, off-beat his Block outside the line of the leg. When the rain came three laps later, Scotland were five runs behind on the DLS. With another wicket in hand would have, before and after the world Cup. By the time the world Cup rolls around it is likely to forget how happy the West Indies (and in Afghanistan) in order to be there, but the tournament is lacking poorer Scotland.

Karan and Sandeep bring it home

The second-to-last edition of the World Cricket League Division 2, replete with a year's worth of memorable moments in the space of two weeks, most of them draw with Nepal strange gains out of the bag at the last second. Nevertheless, it is certainly the exceptional 51-run last-wicket stand between Karan KC and Sandeep Lamichhane, to claim a last-ball victory over Canada and a place in the world Cup qualification, pride in posterity. With 51 needed from 47 balls, when the last man Lamichhane joined Karan in the fold of Nepal looked dead and buried. KC was the architect of its resurrection, by accelerating the 31-ball 42, wherein the game is up in the last over, and then Nepal, although to Zimbabwe, and a further step in the direction of the ODI status, they would claim it was.

HK at the Asian Cup

2018 was to maintain a glowing year for Hong Kong, which saw at one point a strong competitor to the 13th place in the CWC Super League. They would lose their ODI status at the world Cup Qualifier in March and the drop-down to WCL Division 2, and in October, you would see three players suspended over match-fixing allegations. In the midst of the turmoil, however, they are still a rotation enjoyed on the global stage in the Asian Cup win admirers around the world, as they gave India a scare in the group stage. According to and exemplary display of death bowling from Kinchit Shah India held an eminently chaseable 285, Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath almost no chance 174-run opening stand threatened, what would be the. certainly, the extraordinary modern history, the most excited in the game India would hold their nerve in the end, Rath and Khan first stuck of spin and then a classic Hong Kong fall into the successor of the herald of collapse, but for 30-odd overs they had celebrated their opponents on the ropes, and gave a glimpse of what fans will be missing out on the cat skins world Cup this year.

Nepal win the first ODI

High drama and thrilling last ball of Nepal, the campaign featured wins to secure ODI status, so it was fitting that such a would win the first ODI. Even more suitable, to seal that Paras Khadka of Nepal, legendary captain, would be the man to it. The Netherlands is host to their regular rivals' first ODI tour, and the Dutch ran out comfortable winners in the first game of the two match series, available old batting from Nepal to weaken, to claim a 55-run victory. But Khadka side came back hard in the second game, Sompal Kami's counter 61 from 46, number 8, raise it to a reasonable 216-run total. Young people Lamichhane and Lalit Bhandari, the hosts tied held back with regular wickets as the Dutch stumble towards the whole, but it was the skipper himself was Meekeren, reinforced for the final over the Netherlands " last wicket pair, Klaassen and van, you must be running the 6 to win. Khadka nothing gave way, and the pair was able to leave Nepal only scramble four runs from the first five balls with a bowl. Search for the slower yorker Khadka missed his length and Klaassen drove him back, for what intervention looked like a certain four, but luck and quick thinking. The ball rattled into the stumps at the non-strikers end and rolled back to Khadka, the feet, and without hesitation, he picked it up and uprooted the stump before wheeling away, arms aloft, in the history books.


After the suppression of the disappointment of the world Cup qualification, Scotland, bounced back and then some, if you are on the Auld enemy in front of a capacity audience at home in the Grange. England have been reluctant to make the journey to the North in the last few years, their last trip to Scotland back in 2014 for a rain-affected affair in Aberdeen, and it is believed their humiliation, will have done little to cure them of their lack of friendliness. Kyle Coetzer and Matt Cross have given their best to the English bowlers feel unwelcome, plundering 103 runs from the first 13 rounds, and if Coetzer holed at last from Adil Rashid for 58 England, the problems will only get worse. A blistering unbeaten 140 from Calum MacLeod took Scotland to their highest ever total 371-5, a figure that turned out to be would six runs beyond what it could manage the number one ODI team in the world in the answer. Jonny Bairstow 54-ball century from the top of the order looked to spoil the party, but the Scottish attack, to fall to its task and the doors began to set. Mark Watt was particularly excellent, strangled to push the rating up, ask, rate, and sagging three crucial scalp, but Sharif would be the hero at the end, and inswinging toe-crusher-pinning last man Mark Wood to celebrate the dead in the front with England six short seal a historic victory and the sparks.

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