Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 2011 - MALAYSIA AND KUWAIT ON THE EDGE

Kuala Lumpur, 21 September 2011

Jersey bowling attack rips through Malaysia to score first win of the tournament

Kuwait claims victory over Fiji in rain-affected day

Guernsey and Nigeria match abandoned due to rain

Nigeria v Jersey game from Round 3 to be replayed tomorrow (Thursday)

Another rain-affected day in Kuala Lumpur saw two out of three games completed of round four of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 (WCL Div. 6) today.

Jersey’s star bowler Anthony Hawkins-Kaye helped to trigger a batting collapse of hosts Malaysia giving the side its first win of the tournament. Meanwhile at Kinrara, Kuwait managed to chase down a reduced target to secure another win, this time against Fiji.

At Selangor Turf Club, the lunchtime downpours forced Guernsey’s game against Nigeria to be abandoned, just as Olajide Bejide was leading a batting revival from the side.

In order to complete all the fixtures in round 3, Jersey will replay Nigeria tomorrow at Bayeumas after the two sides were unable to complete its fixture on Tuesday. The earliest incomplete round, with the most incomplete matches, must be played first in regards to matches abandoned.

At Bayeumas, Jersey started the day on the wrong foot with the top order failing once again, Dean Morrison managed just 12 runs while Ed Farley managed just six runs while Ben Stevens departed for a duck. It was then up to Corey Bisson and Peter Gough to once again stabilise the Channel Island side’s innings.

The duo put on 88 runs for the fourth wicket before Gough departed after being stumped by Shafiq Shariq. Bisson departed two runs later to Mohammad Nik Azril Arifin, the Malaysian a late replacement to the side for Shukri Abdul Rahim.

Poor running between the wickets and quick thinking by Shafiq saw both Sam de la Haye and Daniel Garton run out while the side made just 171 in its 50 overs. Despite heavy rain the side’s returned to the field and Malaysia had a dismal start with Alex Cooke, Hawkins-Kaye and Stevens ripping through the top order.

The top five managed just 57 runs as the trio combined to wreak havoc with the hosts batting order. Hawkins-Kaye was by far the pick of the Channel Island bowlers with the 21-year-old claiming match figures of 4-22 in his 10 overs.

Despite a valiant effort by Suresh Navaratnam and Eszrafiq Azis the Malaysians could not cope with the bowling skills of fast bowler Hawkins-Kaye, medium-pacer Cooke and spinner Stevens. The trio shared the spoils of the wickets but allowed captain Gough to claim one scalp in the innings.

Man of the match, Hawkins-Kaye said: “The pitch was helping fast bowling today and I was definitely getting it in the right places to take the wickets. It was definitely a tough game and Malaysia played really well and pushed us right up to the end.

“I think for us in the first innings, Malaysia bowled really well, the first 10 overs I think they may be bowled two or three bad balls and I feels that is something perhaps we should be learning to do for our next games.

“I have to say it does feel fantastic to score our first victory of the tournament, especially after two really close games that resulted in losses for us. Today’s win really is fantastic, let’s hope it keeps coming.”

Meanwhile at Kinrara, Fiji’s opener departed after just one run after Jikoi Kida was adjudged to be leg-before off the bowling of Saad Khalid. Captain Joe Rika stepped up to the plate today scoring 55 runs to help Fiji to its total.

The 23-year-old left-handed batsman took his time to grind out his 75-ball 55 before he also judged leg-before but this time off the bowling of Sibtain Raza. Sibtain had earlier dismissed Joji Bulabalavu and then promptly removed Maciu Gauna for a duck before sending Rika on his way.

Waisake Tukana made a valiant effort for his 50, diving in for his half-century just as the heavens opened and heavy rain saw the players called off the field as the 43rd over was drawing to a close, the innings was abandoned and the target revised after a lengthy period off the field.

A revised target was set of 161 in 29 overs, the Kuwaitis took their time in making the target and losing three wickets in the process all to the bowling of veteran Fijian off-spinner Iniasi Cakacaka.

But the day was Kuwait’s with the side making the required target with 16 balls remaining and leaving Fiji with just one win to its name.

Man of the match Abid said: “I tried to play my normal opening game and tried to remain on strike as much as I could to help us make the target. It was all about us playing a sensible innings since the last few matches which we’ve lost have been because we have not been sensible in our performances.

“It’s important now that we continue to bat well and continue to win all our games to come in the tournament. I think Fiji were a good side despite our winning today, they challenged us but now we have to remain focused on winning every game, every player has to give it his all for the side.”

As stated above, tomorrow Jersey and Nigeria will replay its Round 3 fixture at Bayeumas Oval. The tournament regulations state that the earliest incomplete round, with the most incomplete fixtures, be completed on the first available rest day, hence this fixture will be replayed tomorrow to complete the third round of fixtures.

Scores in brief after Day 4

At Kinrara
Fiji 173-6, 43.5 overs (J Rika 50, Tukana 50 not out; Sibtain 3-37)
Kuwait 162-3, 16.2 overs (Abid Mushtaq 43)
Kuwait won by seven wickets on D/L method

At Selangor
Nigeria 163-7, 47 overs (Bejide 87 not out; Savident 3-10)
Match abandoned due to rain

At Bayeumas
Jersey 171-8, 50 overs (Bisson 38, Gough 37; Navaratnam 2-37)
Malaysia 164 all out, 42.5 overs (Navaratnam 37 Eszrafiq 25; Hawkins-Kaye 4-22, Cooke 3-53)
Jersey won by seven runs

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Filed September 21st, 2011