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Namibia stun Canada, Italy shocks UAE

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Namibia’s Nicolaas Scholtz claimed a maiden five-wicket haul to lead his side to victory over Canada by seven wickets on the ninth day of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) on Saturday. In the other three matches of the day, Italy shocked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 67 runs, the Netherlands defeated Kenya by 29 runs, and Nepal overcame Bermuda by 21 runs.

At Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Namibia recorded a seven wicket victory after Scholtz tore through Canada’s middle order, claiming five wickets in three overs for the loss of 13 runs.  Scholtz’s maiden five-wicket haul is only the second of the tournament, after Hong Kong’s Hasseb Amjad claimed five for 12 against Italy on the opening day of the tournament.

Ruvindu Gunasekera (25) and Jimmy Hansra (23 from 21 balls) were the key contributors with the bat for Canada, before the side lost a wicket on the final ball of the innings to finish on 117 all out from its 20 overs.

The Namibia run chase was anchored by Raymond van Schoor (58) and Craig Williams (37 not out), with Williams still at the crease when Namibia reached 120 in 19.3 overs with seven wickets in hand to record its third victory of the tournament.

In Group A, Italy recorded one of the biggest shocks to date when it defeated the host and third-ranked team, the UAE, by 67 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 2.

In only its second win of the tournament, Italy’s Gayashan Munasinghe, Damian Crowley and Gareth Berg combined to strangle the UAE batting lineup, claiming seven wickets to help dismiss the host side for 91 as it chased 159 for victory.

Earlier, skipper and man of the match Crowley (59) combined with Peter Petricola (38) for a 67-run third-wicket partnership to lead Italy to a total of 158 for five from its allotted overs.

In one of two Group B matches live-streamed on the ICC website,, the Netherlands defeated Kenya by 29 runs at ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai.

A 70 run partnership between Michael Swart (44) and Wesley Barresi (28) for the second wicket was the cornerstone of the Netherlands innings, before Thomas Odoyo and Steve Tikolo claimed five wickets between them for 33 runs.  Netherlands finished with 130 for the loss of seven wickets from its 20 overs.

The Kenya run chase started disastrously, with the side losing six wickets inside seven overs for 10 runs.  A late fight back by Rakep Patel (16), Shem Ngoche (38) and Hiren Varaiya (18) added much-needed runs to the board, but it was not enough and Kenya finished on 101 for nine, 30 runs short of victory.

Also at ICC Academy Oval 1, Nepal recorded its fourth victory of the tournament when in defeated Bermuda by 21 runs.

Gyanendra Malla (39) and Subash Khakurel (35) made the main contributions with the bat in Nepal’s innings of 148 for the loss of eight wickets.  The Bermuda run chase seemed over before it started, with the side left reeling at four for 15 in the fourth over, before skipper Janeiro Tucker added 48 runs from only 31 balls to add much needed runs to the scoreboard.  However, Bermuda was unable to maintain the momentum and was all out for 127 in 19.2 overs.

At Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi

Canada 117 all out, 20 overs (Ruvindu Gunasekera 25, Jimmy Hansra 23; Nicolaas Scholtz 5-13, Bernard Scholtz 2-19)

Namibia 120-3, 19.3 overs (Raymond van Schoor 58, Craig Williams 37 not out)

Result: Namibia won by seven wickets

Man of the Match: Nicolaas Scholtz (Namibia)

At Abu Dhabi Oval 2, Abu Dhabi

Italy 158-5, 20 overs (Damian Crowley 59, Peter Petricola 38, Carl Sandri 30 not out)

UAE 91 all out, 16.2 overs (Mohammad Shafiq 25; Shan Munasinghe 3-19, Damian Crowley 2-10, Gareth Berg 2-21)

Result: Italy won by 67 runs

Man of the Match: Damian Crowley (Italy)