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Miraz
January 27, 2007, 06:36 PM
ICC world cricket league is starting from 29 January and the final will be held on 7 February 2007 at Nairobi, Kenya. After return of Ravindu Shah, Kenya looks a different team and most likely to become champion in this six nation tournament.
The teams involved are Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Bermuda and Canada. Top two teams will qualify for the 20/20 world cup to be held in Sepetember 2007 at South Africa.

Here's the preview of the tournament from cricinfo (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/story/277777.html)

And here's the fixture -

Bermuda v Kenya - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/271573.html)
29 Jan
Canada v Netherlands - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58661.html)
30 Jan
Ireland v Scotland - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/8658.html)
30 Jan
Bermuda v Ireland - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/271573.html)
31 Jan
Canada v Scotland - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58658.html)
31 Jan
Kenya v Netherlands - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58661.html)
31 Jan
Bermuda v Canada - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58661.html)
2 Feb
Ireland v Kenya - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58658.html)
2 Feb
Scotland v Netherlands - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/271573.html)
2 Feb
Bermuda v Netherlands - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58658.html)
4 Feb
Canada v Ireland - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/271573.html)
4 Feb
Kenya v Scotland - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58661.html)
4 Feb
Bermuda v Scotland - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58658.html)
5 Feb
Ireland v Netherlands - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/58661.html)
5 Feb
Canada v Kenya - Nairobi (http://uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/ground/271573.html)
5 Feb
Final - TBC
7 Feb

Miraz
January 28, 2007, 11:30 AM
The tournament is getting started tomorrow. In two practice matches Bermuda registered a 55 run win against Uganda. Bermuda won the toss and batted, making 247 all out in 44.1 overs. In reply Uganda was bundled out for 192 despite a brilliant innings from Hamza Almuzahim (86*).

In the other match, Scotland beat Tanzania by 79 runs. Scotland were all out for 214 but hit back to dismiss Tanzania for 135 in seaming conditions.

Imteaz
January 28, 2007, 10:51 PM
From My Perception and Little Knowledge about These Teams, I think Kenya and Scotland will be Selected for 20/20 WC.

Miraz
January 29, 2007, 07:21 AM
Kenya is back in its best just ahead of world cup.

In the opening match of the World Cricket League, they outplayed Bermuda by 10 wiickets with 31.5 overs to spare!!

After winning toss, Keya opted to field first and restricted Bermuda to a paltry 133 with opener DA Minors scoring 52.

In reply, Kenya reached the target in just 18.1 overs without losing any wicket. Ouma scored 56 in 51 balls while Obuya was destructive and scored 76 in just 57 balls.

Perfect start for Kenya.

Our beloved Nadir Shah was the umpire. :)

al Furqaan
January 29, 2007, 07:54 PM
shey obuya amader mashrafee ke khelte pare na...bermuda kee 50 ta run korte parbe amader beruddi?

Miraz
January 30, 2007, 10:17 AM
Todays result round-up from cricinfo


Scotland pulled off a remarkable last-ball win over Ireland at Nairobi Gymkhana (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/engine/current/match/267380.html)after seeming to be down and out when they slid to 144 for 6 chasing a target of 281. A brutal 102 from Neil McCallum took them within sight of victory and a half-century from a limping Colin Smith saw them over the line.


Score :
Ireland 280/7 (50 ov)
Scotland 284/7 (50.0 ov)


Canada disappointed with both bat and ball as they went down an eight-wicket defeat to Netherlands at Ruaraka (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/engine/match/267378.html).
Canada won the toss and batted, but thereafter little went right for them as they lost too many early wickets, including the crucial one of John Davison for 16, as they slid to 71 for 4. Ashish Bagai (74) and Ashif Mulla (37) added 74 for the fifth wicket, and then Bagai and Sunil Dhaniram (29) 55 for the sixth. But from 197 for 5, the Canadians lost their last five wickets for three runs to end with six overs of their innings unused.
They needed early wickets to have any chance to defend a below-par total, but Bas Zuiderent (77*) and Darron Reekers (39) got Netherlands off to a good start with a stand of 59, and when Reekers fell, Luuk van Troost (38) upped the tempo. Zuiderent, playing the sheet anchor role, and Ryan ten Doeschate (37*) guided the Dutch home with more than 15 overs to spare.


Score :
Canada 200 (44 ov)
Netherlands 201/2 (35.0 ov)

TheWatcher
January 31, 2007, 10:54 AM
Today's scores-

Netherlands 131 all out, 46.2 overs (Van Bunge 29; Odoyo 3/29, Ongondo 2/13, Varaiya 2/19)
Kenya 133-3, 32.1 overs (Ouma 47, D Obuya 37)

Bermuda 275-8, 50.0 overs (C Smith 52, D Minors 51; Botha 3/74)
Ireland 276-6, 48.4 overs (Porterfield 112, O'Brien 54)

Scotland 276/4 (Watts 70, Hamilton 64*, Brown 50*)
Canada 269/9 (Bagai 137*, Mulla 48)

Miraz
February 2, 2007, 09:31 AM
Points table before todays matches.


P W T L Pts NRR
Kenya 2 2 0 0 4 2.72
Scotland 2 2 0 0 4 0.11
Ireland 2 1 0 1 2 0.05
Netherlands 2 1 0 1 2 -0.15
Canada 2 0 0 2 0 -0.92
Bermuda 2 0 0 2 0 -2.10


Today, Kenya won a real thriller.

Chasing a target of 284/5 set by Ireland, Kenya was at point 207/5 in 40 overs. Finally they managed pull off the win with 1 wicket left and one over to spare.

Final score :
Ireland 284-4 (50.0 overs)
Kenya 286-9 (49.0 overs)

In todays match, two centurion Porterfield (106) and O'Brien (143) ended up in the losing side.

Xavier
February 2, 2007, 11:39 AM
I checked the scorecard and it looks like there were really exciting matches today and some cricketers were really brilliant (Odoyo and Porterfield...). Shame that they cannot play Test cricket!

For those who might be interested this is a site dedicated to associates cricket:
http://caughtbehind.com/btb/

Miraz
February 2, 2007, 11:47 AM
Todays result round-up

Kenya beat Ireland by 1 wicket. (Ireland 284/4, Kenya 286/9)
Scotland beat Netherlands by 2 runs. Scotland 207-8 (37.0 overs), The Netherlands 205 all out (36.5 overs)
Canada beat Bermuda by 56 runs.

Kabir
February 2, 2007, 02:57 PM
That's some crazy high-scoring matches. I didn't know the Irish are that good at it? I thought they're just OK?
The first two matches seem very interesting. I wonder what happened to the expectators' nails by the time the matches were over :)

Tintin
February 2, 2007, 11:14 PM
Todays result round-up

Kenya beat Ireland by 1 wicket. (Ireland 284/4, Kenya 286/9)




Kenya were 231/9 in 43.4 overs and scored 55 in 32 (?) balls. Odoyo hit 61* in 36 balls

Match report at http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/current/story/278586.html

battye
February 3, 2007, 08:17 AM
Varaiya looks to be a really good bowler for Kenya. 22 wickets @ 15.77 in ODI's, and 8 @ 8.87 in First Class matches! Only 22 years old as well, so has a lot of cricket ahead of him.

Good prospect for Kenya, will be interesting to see how he plays against the better teams at the World Cup.

Farhad
February 3, 2007, 10:37 AM
I gotta say! This is one of the best series' lately ....Id say it is the best in the last couple of years. Sure, there were some close ones (eg. England VS Australia), but the fact that six different teams can play such close matches deserves some praise.

Miraz
February 4, 2007, 08:52 AM
Scots proved them better than Kenya at their backyard.

Scotland 254-8 (50.0 overs)
Kenya 177 all out (46.0 overs)

In another match Netherlands eased past Bermuda.

Bermuda 194 all out (46.3 overs)
The Netherlands 198-2 (43.1 overs)

Canada is putting up a brave fight against Ireland.

Ireland 308-7 (50.0 overs)
Canada 259-3 (44.0 overs)

Miraz
February 4, 2007, 09:53 AM
Canada finally pulled off a stunning victory against Ireland.

Canada won the match by 6 wickets with two balls to spare.
A Bagai was the key man with 122 run

Score :

Ireland 308-7 (50.0 overs)
Canada 312-4 (49.4 overs)

al Furqaan
February 4, 2007, 11:44 PM
so scotland and kenya are the 2 toughest teams and we beat them 9-0 last year...

Miraz
February 5, 2007, 08:42 AM
Points table.

<table class="editorialTable" border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><td align="center">atch 13 of 15 </td> <td align="center"> P </td> <td align="center"> W </td> <td align="center"> L </td> <td align="center"> NR </td> <td align="center"> T </td> <td align="center"> BP </td> <td align="center"> CP </td> <td align="center"> Points </td> <td align="center"> NRR </td> <td align="center"> For </td> <td align="center"> Against </td> </tr> </thead> <tbody><tr class="Kenya"> <td align="left"> Kenya </td> <td align="center"> 5 </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> 1 </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> 8 </td> <td align="center"> +1.355 </td> <td align="center"> 983 / 199.2 </td> <td align="center"> 894 / 250 </td> </tr> <tr class="Scotland"> <td align="left"> Scotland </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> 8 </td> <td align="center"> +0.481 </td> <td align="center"> 1021 / 187 </td> <td align="center"> 931 / 187 </td> </tr> <tr class="Netherlands"> <td align="left"> Netherlands </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> 2 </td> <td align="center"> 2 </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> +0.111 </td> <td align="center"> 735 / 165.1 </td> <td align="center"> 734 / 169.1 </td> </tr> <tr class="Canada"> <td align="left"> Canada </td> <td align="center"> 5 </td> <td align="center"> 2 </td> <td align="center"> 3 </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> -0.849 </td> <td align="center"> 1035 / 220.4 </td> <td align="center"> 1141 / 206 </td> </tr> <tr class="Ireland"> <td align="left"> Ireland </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> 1 </td> <td align="center"> 3 </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> 2 </td> <td align="center"> -0.045 </td> <td align="center"> 1148 / 198.4 </td> <td align="center"> 1157 / 198.4 </td> </tr> <tr class="Bermuda"> <td align="left"> Bermuda </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> 4 </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> - </td> <td align="center"> 0 </td> <td align="center"> -1.760 </td> <td align="center"> 708 / 171 </td> <td align="center"> 773 / 131</td></tr></tbody></table>
Kenya and Scotland will feature in the final. Today the bottom placed Bermuda has a good chance to beat Scotland.

Scotland 268/9 (50 ov)
Bermuda 228/5 (43.4 ov)

Miraz
February 5, 2007, 09:53 AM
Today the bottom placed Bermuda has a good chance to beat Scotland.

Scotland 268/9 (50 ov)
Bermuda 228/5 (43.4 ov)

And they have done it.
Scotland 268/9 (50 ov)
Bermuda 269/5 (49.0 ov)
Bermuda won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining) :)

Tigers_eye
February 5, 2007, 04:04 PM
Who is the guilty party. Nadir Shah or Shahul Hameed?

http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/worldcricketleague/content/current/story/278983.html

Xavier
February 5, 2007, 06:51 PM
And they have done it.
Scotland 268/9 (50 ov)
Bermuda 269/5 (49.0 ov)
Bermuda won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining) :)

Bermuda end on a high... now Scotland have worse NRR than Kenya, so if the final will be not played for bad weather the trophy will go to Kenya. Nice tournament btw, as many matches were really disputed to the end.

Miraz
February 7, 2007, 06:33 AM
Kenya took a firm hold on the WCL final at Nairobi Gymkhana. They bowled Scotland out for 155 in 47 overs after Scottish captain Craig Wright won the toss and elected to bat.

Miraz
February 7, 2007, 09:02 AM
As expected, Kenya lifts the title of the tournament. Lameck Onyango took 3 wickets to restrict Scots to a modest 155. david Obuya continued his blazing form and scored 93. Kenya went past the Scots total in 37.5 overs.

Final score :

Scotland 155 (47 ov)
Kenya 158/2 (37.5 ov)
Kenya won by 8 wickets (with 73 balls remaining)

Xavier
February 7, 2007, 02:51 PM
Nice to see Kenya still being best associate team, though it's difficult to think of them reaching again WC semifinals...

Tigers_eye
February 7, 2007, 04:03 PM
Had this been anywhere near Scotland the result of this game and many other games would have been different. I wouldn't even be surprized if they weren't the finalist also then. All I can say home cooking is always good.

Congrats to the Kenyans.

Farhad
February 7, 2007, 05:18 PM
Doesnt this match remind you of the Second ODI BD-Zim??

Miraz
February 22, 2007, 07:11 PM
A good review of World Cricket League by Martin Williamson.

World Cricket League 2006-07
Life is good beyond the Test world

February 9, 2007
The World Cricket League in Kenya lived up to almost all expectations. The weather, which has been iffy for several months, held firm with rain limited to some overnight downpours; the participants were so evenly matched that all - bar Bermuda - could claim to have done enough to reach the final; and it produced some excellent cricket and more than it's fair share of epic finishes. Martin Williamson looks back at the performances for the six leading Associates and what they can take out of the event ... and what it means for their chances in the World Cup
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<table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tbody><tr> <td class="photo"> Kenya celebrate victory in the final <nobr>© Will Luke</nobr>
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Kenya
P 6 W 5 L 1
With home advantage, nothing less than a final berth was good enough and Kenya achieved that and more, beating Scotland and thus avenging their only loss in the process. The place in the Twenty20 World Championship that came with that was welcome, but the US$250,000 that went with it was vital to the game's future in the country. The side still showed that when it had an off day, it was really off, and they had some luck along the way, but the batsmen scored heavily without relying on old favourites Steve Tikolo and Ravi Shah. The opening position remains a worry, as Maurice Ouma is just not good enough at the top of the order, but the rest of the top six picks itself. The bowling is balanced, the spinners are parsimonious, and the new-ball pair of Peter Ongondo and Thomas Odoyo were outstanding. Odoyo also clobbered some hefty sixes and is one to watch in the Caribbean.
Success Peter Ongondo. The leading wicket taker (15 at 12.06), a reward for nagging accuracy and hard work with the new ball.
Disappointment Ravi Shah. His maiden hundred in Mombasa hinted that he was ready to rumble, but he spluttered his way to 61 runs in five group-stage innings.
World Cup prospects Excellent. They are in a group with Canada, who they thrashed here, England , who are hardly one-day goliaths, and New Zealand. They have a great chance to reach the Super Eights and dump on one of the big boys en route.
Scotland
P 6 W 4 L 2
The defeat in the final, and a fairly irrelevant loss to Bermuda in the final dead group match, should not disguise the fact that this was a good tournament for the Scots. They came in on the back of some indifferent results but hit form just when it mattered and were an impressive allround outfit. Nevertheless, three of their four wins were by narrow margins, and they relied on their batting to get them out of jail.
Success Paul Hoffmann. The veteran opening bowler kept a tight rein with the new ball and his last over in the win over Netherlands was coolness under pressure.
Disappointment Ryan Watson. A decent tournament by most people's standards, but more was expected and one fifty in six innings was an under-par return.
World Cup prospects
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<table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tbody><tr> <td class="photo"> Netherlands' Tim de Leede is cleaned up by Ireland's Kevin O'Brien <nobr>© ICC</nobr>
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Netherlands
P 5 W 3 L 2
But for being stuck in and bowled out cheaply by Kenya in bowler-friendly conditions, Netherlands might well have qualified for the final. They lost that, and their only other defeat was a two-run loss by Scotland where the victors received an extra delivery courtesy of a seven-ball over resulting from an umpire's miscalculation and Netherlands lost three wickets in the last over. Their top-order batting looked impressive, especially Bas Zuiderent, and the bowling was tight. They just need a little more luck. Success Ryan ten Doeschate. His prowess as a batsman was known, but he proved a real allrounder with 13 wickets at 15.00
Disappointment Tim de Leede. 71 runs in his last nine ODIs, his form here with both bat and ball was below-par.
World Cup prospects They are in a tough group and it is hard to see them troubling either South Africa or Australia. A consolation win against Scotland is about as much as they can hope for.

Canada
P 5 W 2 L 3
They came close but in the end the lack of strength in depth proved their undoing. Only three batsmen passed a hundred runs, and were it not for Ashish Bagai they would have really struggled to post decent scores. Their finest moment came when they made 312 for 4 to beat Ireland, but their seamers, with the exception of Umar Bhatti, lacked the control to put on any sustained pressure.
Success Ashish Bagai. The leading batsman of the tournament with 345 runs at 86.25 including two impressive hundreds.
Disappointment Anderson Cummins. The gamble of picking the 40-year-old former West Indies international didn't pay off and his bowling lacked penetration or control.
World Cup prospects The group is one which is set up for an upset, and if ... and it is a big if ... everything comes together at the same time, Canada could be the surprise package.
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Ireland
P 5 W 1 L 4
A bitterly disappointing tournament where one win in no way reflects the side's ability. All four of their defeats were narrow, and the loss to Kenya in a game there for the taking was a killer blow. Ireland's batting was strong - they made five of the ten hundreds in the tournament - but their bowlers were just not able to defend large totals, and that proved their undoing throughout. It is an aspect of their game that must be addressed as it will continue to be their undoing.
Success William Porterfield. Aged 22, Porterfield, had played only two ODIs before the tournament, but in five innings he made two hundreds and an eighty to finish with an average of 110.00
Disappointment Dave Langford-Smith. Harsh to single him out because several bowlers could easily be chosen, but as an opening bowler one wicket at 178.00 and an economy rate of 5.74 was poor.
World Cup prospects Their bad luck continues as they have to play Pakistan and hosts West Indies . But they open against the hapless Zimbabweans and are more than capable of beating them.
Bermuda
P 5 W 1 L 4
Little was expected from Bermuda and they delivered just that. A win in their final game against a Scotland side with one eye on the final should not gloss over what was a dismal display. The criticisms levelled against Bermuda after their tour here in November still apply. They look unfit, unprofessional and on occasion uninterested, and that was highlighted by the smiles on players' faces as they walked off the field after being routed by Kenya in their opening game. Forget the World Cup, Bermuda now face a major struggle to maintain their top-six Associate status at the 2009 ICC Trophy. Success Lionel Cann. Led from the front with the bat, but the best of a bad bunch to be quite brutal.
Disappointment Where to start ... Kevin Hurdle showed that he lacks the control to be a new-ball bowler and an economy rate of almost seven and an average of 74.33 is not good enough.
World Cup prospects India and Sri Lanka will be too good, and on recent performances, Bangladesh - no longer a one-day minnow - are way out of their league as well.

sar2005
February 23, 2007, 01:36 PM
World Cup prospects .....................and on recent performances, Bangladesh - no longer a one-day minnow - are way out of their league as well.

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