With both teams already assured of their ODI berths for the next four-year cycle, Netherlands pipped Nepal for the seventh spot in the playoff match at Kweke Sports Club, Kweke.
Netherlands won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. But soon they were in trouble at 48 for 4 with Sompal Kami doing the damage as he picked up three of the four wickets to fall. Netherlands recovered through de Leede and van der Merwe’s partnership before another handy 25 from Scott Edwards helped push the score over 100. The ninth wicket pair of Pieter Seelar and Shane Snater added 37 crucial runs as Netherlands ended their quota of overs with 189 on the board. Kami was the star for Nepal with the ball, ending with impressive figures of 4 for 24 in his 10 overs.
Chasing 190, Nepal were never in the hunt as they lost wickets in bunches and at one stage were 76 for 7 before Kami restored some respectability to the chase with 36 runs. Eventually Nepal weren’t able to deal with the slow left-arm orthodox spin of van der Merwe who took 4 for 20 to go with his 25 with the bat. As a result ofSaturday’swin, Netherlands grabbed the seventh spot in the table.
Brief scores: Netherlands 189/9 in 50 overs (Bas de Leede 39; Sompal Kami 4-24) beat Nepal 144 all out in 44.4 overs (Sompal Kami 36; van der Merwe 4-20) by 45 runs.
Hong Kong v PNG at Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare
In the battle for the wooden spoon, it was PNG who came out on top against Hong Kong in their playoff match at the Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare. With both teams losing their ODI status by virtue of various permutations and combinations, Saturday’s clash didn’t have too much importance attached to it.
Opting to bat first, PNG got off to a steady start as the openers put on 68 for the first wicket before Nadeem Ahmed sparked a mini collapse to leave PNG at 72 for 3. Chad Soper and Mahuru Dai added 59 runs for the sixth wicket before India-born offie Kinchit Shah finished off the innings with a four-fer that restricted PNG to 200.
With not a huge score to chase, Hong Kong started off in whirlwind fashion as they brought up 80 in their 10th over, but the game turned when skipper Babar Hayat was dismissed by Charles Amini. From 81 for 2, Hong Kong collapsed to 142 all out losing their last eight wickets for 61 runs. Norman Vanau and Charles Amini shared eight wickets amongst themselves to consign Hong Kong to the last spot in the table.