Eight years after first earning a promotion to WCL Division 3 in August of 2010, USA digs itself out of the rut and reaches WCL Division 2.
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The final game in Oman saw USA dispatch Singapore to secure their spot alongside the hosts in ICC World Cricket League Division 2. Singapore came into the game knowing they needed victory – and a dominant one at that due their inferior net run rate – if they were to leapfrog USA and claim second spot.
USA have thus broken the eight year jinx, finally getting themselves out of Division 3, a group that they first saw themselves in way back in 2010. They now join Oman along with Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Canada and hosts Namibia in April next year for Division 2, who all will be competing for the top four spots to qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.
Singapore vs USA
Having won the toss and put Singapore in to bat, the USA had to toil early on in the field. Arjun Mutreja (17), Aritra Dutta (30) and Anish Paraam (20) all started brightly for the Singaporeans but, as would become a recurring note in the innings, none of them were able to kick on.
No fewer than seven of their batsmen got into double figures but it was Dutta’s 30 that ended as their top score. And when new ball bowler Saurabh Netravalkar (3/19 from 8.1 overs) returned to polish off the tail, USA were in total charge – Singapore finishing 161 all out with more than six overs still to bat.
In response Monank Patel (20 from 14 balls) and Malhotra got things off to a quick start and the USA did not waste their time. Malhotra’s 66 from 70 balls was the anchor while the likes of Steven Taylor (23 from 15 balls) and Jannisar Khan (24 from 13 balls) carried on the innings’ strong pace. And while Abhiraj Singh finished with 2/24, the American’s chase never looked in any real doubt as it completed proceedings inside 26 overs and with five wickets to spare.
The USA finished with four wins from five games – only the unbeaten Oman downed them in an impressive week of play.
Scores in brief
USA won by five wickets at Oman Club Turf 1. Singapore 161 all out, 43.1 overs (Anitra Dutta 30, Rezza Gaznavi 21; Saurabh Netravalkar 3//19). USA 162-5, 25.5 overs (Jaskaran Malhotra 66 not out, Jannisar Khan 24; Abhiraj Singh 2/24).
--- Prior Games
On Friday, USA lost its game versus Oman making the final game versus Singapore a do-or-die affair.
Oman vs USA on November 16, 2018
Having won the toss and elected to field, hosts Oman had Kaleemullah (3-43) to thank for the early inroads. Runs were hard to come by and despite Timil Patel’s half century, it still took late cameos from Jannisar Khan (53 from 55 balls), Hayden Walsh (15 from 13 balls) and Roy Silva (19 from 13 balls) to get USA’s total north of 200. But 213-8 never looked like being enough against an accomplished Oman outfit and Jatinder Singh (42) combined with centurion Aqib Ilyas for a 94-run second wicket partnership. Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (32) also chipped in and despite Walsh’s 2-24, Oman got there in the end with four wickets and only three balls to spare.
Kenya vs Singapore
Kenya’s decision to bat first in its must-win clash with Singapore paid immediate dividends as Narendra Kalyan Patel (68), Dhiren Gondaria (42) and Alex Obanda (23) put on 113 for the first two wickets. Anantha Krishna (3-48) and Anish Paraam (3-29) did their best to put the brakes on but Rakep Patel (52) and Nelson Odhiambo (80 from only 58 balls) continued the onslaught as it reached 324-9 from their 50 overs. Singapore’s chase was consistent, with all of the top seven passing 20, but only Paraam (85) really kicked on. And with Emmanuel Bundi Ringera (4-45) picking up wickets throughout, in the end Singapore left itself too much to do – being bowled out for 312 in the final over.
Scores in brief
Oman won by four wickets at Oman Club Turf 1. USA 213-8, 50 overs (Timil Patel 54, Jannisar Khan 53; Kaleemullah 3-43). Oman 214-6, 49.3 overs (Aqib Ilyas 100, Jatinder Singh 42; Hayden Walsh 2-24).
Kenya won by 12 runs at Oman Club Turf 2. Kenya 324-9, 50 overs (Nelson Odhiambo 80, Narendra Kalyan Patel 68; Anish Paraam 3-29, Anantha Krishna 3-48). Singapore 312 all out (Anish Paraam 85, Rezza Gaznavi 48; Emmanuel Bundi Ringera 4-45).