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Cricket news - Ryan ten Doeschate stars in Netherlands' comfortable win

The experienced batsman composed a crucial fifty versus Namibia

Papua New Guinea and Jersey opened their T20 WC Qualifier campaigns with resounding wins over Bermuda and Nigeria respectively, whilst Scotland bounced back from their surprise defeat at the hands of a seemingly infallible Singapore side yesterday to hand Kenya their second defeat in two days. Hosts UAE also came back from a tough start to turn over Ireland in their second match, while the Dutch bowlers saw the Netherlands go two from two with a win over Namibia without really banishing worries about their batting, to get to the top of Group B.

The day's first match saw Bermuda and Papua New Guinea take the field for the first time in the tournament, in what would turn out to be a hard landing for Bermuda as they made their return to top-flight Associates cricket after a six-year absence from top-level qualifying tournaments. Bermuda were rolled over for just 89 runs in 17.2 overs, a total that Asad Vala and Tony Ura would chase down in 62 balls to see the Papuans to a confidence-building ten-wicket win.

Bermuda were already two down when Norman Vanua came on to bowl the third over of the game. Okera Bascome fell to Noisana Pokana in the first over, and the veteran Janeiro Tucker pinned LBW by Jason Kila in the next after picking up his first and only boundary. By the end of the third over, the game was already settled. Vanua cleaned up skipper Dion Stovell with his fourth ball, nicked off Kamau Leverock with his fifth, and then speared his sixth into Duente Darrell's toe to remove him LBW. By then, the Bermudans were in deep trouble at 11-5 in three. Sussex's Delray Rawlins looked to counter-attack, hitting Vanua for three consecutive boundaries in his next over, after he was bowled by Vala for a 17-ball 25 in the 8th over, but Bermuda never regained the initiative. The next 10 overs would see just four more boundaries as Bermuda were bowled out with 16 balls remaining. The total never looked defendable, and indeed bar Vala offering a tough chance at deep midwicket off Rawlins in the last over of the powerplay, Bermuda never threatened to summon a third batsman to the middle. Eventually, Vala and Ura closed out the win with almost half their overs unused.

Also making their first appearances were Jersey and Nigeria, and indeed in the latter case, it was their first appearance at a top-level associates tournament, though it was not to be a fairy-tale debut. Nigeria's attack bowled with hostility and intent but were frequently let down in the field, as Nick Ferraby and Harrison Carlyon got the Channel Islanders off to a blistering start; Ferraby racing to 20 off 10 balls before being undone as a picture-perfect yorker from Isaac Okpe. Daniel Ajeku's off-spin calmed the scoring in the middle overs somewhat, claiming the wicket of the dangerous Ben Stevens, but young Jonty Jenner's unbeaten half-century from number four kept the scoreboard ticking throughout. Nick Greenwood and latterly Ben Ward provided the acceleration as Jersey powered to 184-4 from their 20 overs. The total was always likely to prove beyond Nigeria, known in African associate circles as primarily a bowling side. However, Ajeku might have caused Jersey some concern with an aggressive start at the top of the order, hitting 17 off 10 before being undone by left arm spinner Elliot Miles, who would have number three Adedeji stumped four balls later. From there on, Nigeria fell further and further behind the rate as wickets continued to fall. Adeleke Oyede top-scored with 39 off 44 as Jersey retained control throughout the rest of the chase. Nigeria, eventually, coming up 69 runs behind to finish on 115-7.

Almost as one-sided in the end was the Netherlands' second win of the tournament, despite Namibia keeping them well in check for the first half of their innings as once again the Dutch top-order struggled to find fluency. Electing to bat first on what would turn out to be a sluggish track at ICC Academy 1, the Dutch found themselves on the back foot early as Toby Visee and ben Cooper both fell for single figures in the powerplay. Meanwhile, Max O'Dowd continued to prefer a circumspect approach even as the overs ticked away.

It was not until Ryan ten Doeschate came to the crease in the 13th over with the score on 66-4 that the runs began to flow. The all-rounder's 59 off 40 providing the plurality of the runs and almost all of the urgency in the Netherlands' eventual total of 140-6. The score seemed sub-par at the break, especially against a Namibian line-up known for hitting long and batting deep. However, any Dutch concerns were soon allayed as the Namibians proceeded to collapse in a heap. Kent left-arm seamer Fred Klaassen kicked off the collapse by removing the openers Nico Davin and JP Kotze in the third over, and the rest of the Dutch pace attack duly piled on as Namibia rapidly subsided to 49-7 by the tenth over. Craig Williams marshalled some resistance with a defiant 27 off 23, but never threatened to get Namibia back into the game, as they were bowled out four short of triple figures.

It would be a day to forget for African cricket fans as Kenya too were bested by their European opponents, Scotland. The Scots saw off a spirited challenge from the Africa runners-up to claim a 31-run victory. Once again it was the veteran Collins Obuya, who was the stand-out for the Kenyans, picking up two wickets in a miserly thee-over spell that cost just 12 runs. He also briefly threatened a miracle at the death in the chase after Irfan Karim's half-century set a platform for an improbable late launch. In the end, Scotland's 170 run total would prove well beyond the beleaguered Kenyan side.

After being shocked by a high-flying Singapore side in their tournament opener, a combined effort form the Scottish batting line-up saw them post an above-par 170-6 after electing to bat. Calum Macleod top-scored with a comparatively sedate 30 off 27 before Ollie Hairs, Matt Cross and Tom Sole provided some fireworks toward the close. Karim kept the Kenyan reply together with a 46-ball 51 after he was promoted back to opening the innings. Just that he and Alex Obanda were slow to start in the powerplay, letting the required rate climb into double figures before Dhiren Gongaria and Obuya began to hit out. Scoreboard pressure would tell as Karim became the first of Richie Berrington's three victims in the 15th over, his spell of 3-17 off 3 breaking the back of the chase and putting Scotland's campaign back on track.

Meanwhile, back in Abu Dhabi, UAE came back from a horrid first outing against Oman to knock over sole Full Member contenders Ireland in their second game. Former captain Rohan Mustafa stepped up after a tumultuous few days saw the Emirates deprived of the services of their captain and senior bat. Bowling first on a tricky turning track at Sheikh Zaid Stadium, the UAE made clinical use of home conditions to keep Ireland's scoring in check. The slow bowlers eventually profiting from Irish's frustration. Mustafa gave skipper Ahmed Raza his first wicket with a perfectly-judged leap at extra cover to catch Andy Balbirnie, before striking in the next over, drawing Harry Tector down the track to a ball that drifted on. Paul Stirling batted with a stoical resolve for his 72 off 58 without ever looking to have got the hang of the conditions, and was run out by Mustafa in the penultimate over - the first of six wickets to fall in the final nine balls. Mustafa would finish with figures of 4-18 from four as he landed yorker after yorker in the final over. Ireland were all out for 125 on the final ball.

Mustafa was in some way involved in all but one of the ten Irish wickets to fall, and as if that weren't enough, he apparently felt it necessary to put the game to bed in the first two overs of the chase. Having taken the understandable decision to open with spin, Mustafa soon made the Irish regret their decision as he took four boundaries off George Dockrell's first over and three more off Stirling in the next to race to 29 off 9 balls. Starved of the strike for the rest of the powerplay, he would fall for 39 off 16 in the 8th over, beaten by pace as he looked to cut David Delany off his off stump. However, by then the required rate was barely five an over and the UAE were half-way to the win. Mohammad Usman kept the runs flowing with a 21-ball 29 before edging behind off Rankin, but by then the end was in sight and the two run-outs that would follow were as much a testament to the hosts' impatience as an Irish fightback; the UAE cantering home with three overs to spare. The win will give Raza's side a much-needed fillip after a nightmare start to the tournament. Off the field at least, as they will look forward to their next match against Hong Kong on Monday. Ireland also have the day off to regroup tomorrow before taking on Oman on the 21st.

Jersey will hope to take some momentum from today's win into their next match against Canada, who make their tournament debut at the Tolerance Oval tomorrow. Meanwhile, Hong Kong and Oman both return to action in their Group A game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Over in Group B, the Dutch and Scots will both enjoy a rest day as Namibia take on Papua New Guinea and Bermuda will look to bounce back against Singapore.

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