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May 5, 2008, 09:56 PM
Jersey holds World CL

ersey, in the Channel Islands, will host an ICC global event for the first time with the staging of the ICC World Cricket League Division Five from May 23-31 2008.

The 12-team event, including the United States of America, pacific island Vanuatu, Afghanistan and the Bahamas, will be staged across six venues involving two groups of six with the top two from each section progressing to the knock-out stage.

The finalists will be promoted to the ICC World Cricket League Division, joining Hong Kong, Fiji, Tanzania and Italy in a six-team event that will take place in the Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam from October 4-11.

In turn, the top two teams from that tournament will progress to Division Three and so on until the top four associate or affiliate teams in the world will book their place at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to be staged in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Those four will join the 10 full members to decide the top one-day side in the world.

Group A: Germany, Mozambique, Nepal, Norway, USA, Vanuatu

Group B: Afghanistan, Botswana, Japan, Jersey, Bahamas, Singapore

Full Report (http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/world/jersey-host-world-cricket-league,17254,EN.html)

May 5, 2008, 10:01 PM
From http://www.dreamcricket.com/dreamcricket/news.hspl?nid=8966&ntid=4
The following are pen pix of the players. We will be updating this article with photos and other relevant statistics in the coming days.

Steve Massiah - Captain (Age: 28) Steve is a stylish right handed batsman who played for USA in the ICC Six Nations Tournament in 2004 and in USA's first two official ODI's in the 2004 Champions Trophy. He top scored in the match against Australia making 23 runs. He has remained USA's captain and led the team at the 2005 ICC Trophy and the WCL Americas Championship in 2006 where USA scored impressive wins against Caymans and Argentina. A rained out clash against Bermuda aided Bermuda's cause and led to that country eventually making it to the 2007 World Cup. Steve plays in the Nassau New York Cricket Association league in New York.

Sushil Nadkarni - Vice-captain (Age: 31) Sushil is an aggressive left handed opening batsman who once played first class cricket for Maharashtra Ranji team in 1996. In the 1994-95 Under-19 season, Sushil averaged 99 in eight innings and was recognized as a future Indian star. That earned him a place in the U-19 tour of Australia in 1995/96 where he faced the likes of Brett Lee. He immigrated to USA to pursue his MS in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M. He plays in the Houston League where he represents the Memorial Cricket Club.

Rahul Kukreti - (Age: 30) Rahul was part of the USA team that played in the ICC Six Nations Challenge in Sharjah in 2004. He is a solid opening batsman and an excellent wicket keeper. Rahul has been consistently representing the Central West region for several years now. Rahul has been on the leaderboard of the North Texas Cricket Association where he plays for the Dallas County Cricket Club.

Imran Awan - (Age: 29) Right-arm fast bowler has played for USA since 1999 including the ICC Champions Trophy 2004. Imran took the wickets of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith in a promotional match against West Indies in 2006. His tally was 3 for 39 in that match. Imran plays for Washington Tigers in the WCL.

Rashard Marshall - (Age: 25) Jamaican-born Rashard Marshall is related to Jamaican and West Indies batsman, Xavier Marshall. Rashard remained not out on 90 in July 2006 when USA played West Indies. In that match, Rashard added a valuable 115 for the sixth wicket with captain Steve Massiah. He is widely regarded as a future star for USA.

Lennox Cush - (Age: 33) Right handed batsman and off-break bowler who plays for his native Guyana in the Stanford 2020 event. Lennox played an important role as an opener for Guyana as they won the championship in 2006 and won a Player of the Match award in the semi-final against Grenada for his 49 off 42 balls. In the 2007 edition, he took an amazing 3 for 8 off his 4 overs in the semi-finals against Jamaica in a nail biter. Lennox plays for Atlantis Cricket Club in New York's EACA league.

Aditya Thyagarajan (Age: 29) Right handed middle-order batsman and leg spin bowler. Aditya is a former Karnataka Ranji player who played alongside Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. He was also part of the India U-19 team in 1997/98. Adithya plays for SCCA's Hollywood Cricket Club where he is the league's leading wicket taker and has also captained the South West region.

Orlando Baker (Age: 28) Right handed middle order batsman and medium pacer who played one first class match for Jamaica before migrating to USA. Baker was a key player in the New York region where he played in the Metropolitan League (NY-MDCA) and in the Washington Cricket League . He once scored 202 not out on a Saturday (in the WCL) and then showed up for a Metropolitan League match on the Sunday scoring 207 not out there. Baker has since moved to Dallas where he plays for the Dallas County Cricket Club in the North Texas Cricket Association.

Carl Wright (Age: 30) Carl is a wicketkeeper batsman, with 11 first-class matches under his belt representing Jamaica. Carl plays for River Valley Cricket Club in the New York Metropolitan & District Cricket Association.

Niraj Shah (Age: 25) Former captain of Texas MLC squad, Niraj is consistently among the highest scorers in the Houston Cricket League. He is an excellent fielder and his off spinners are more than handy. Niraj won the best batsman award at the Central west Championships in Colorado in 2005 and has been in very good form since then.

Khawaja Usman Shuja (Age: 27) Usman is one of the fastest bowlers in the United States and his lethal spells have earned him a spot in the US National team in the past. Having modeled himself on Waqar Younis, Usman was coached by the legendary Dennis Lillee in the Australian Cricket Academy. Usman was awarded the best bowler in the Western Conference 2003 and has also been the MVP of the Central west Regional Championships in 2003 and 2004.

Wahab Airaj Syed Wahab is a right hand top order batsman and a fast bowler who plays in the American Cricket Conference. Wahab who made 631 runs from 13 outings for Cougars Cricket Club (averaging 57.36) has also taken 33 wickets from his 81 overs during the 2007 season. [If you have more information about Syed, please e-mail frontfoot at dreamcricket.com]

Steve Pitter (Age: 32) Steve is a bowler who once played for Bridgeport CC. [If you have more information about Pitter, please e-mail frontfoot at dreamcricket.com]

Mohamed Masood Mohamed is a bowler who has been consistently for SFCA Youth Combined XI. [If you have more information about Masood, please e-mail frontfoot at dreamcricket.com]

Sohail Bari - Manager

Clayton Lambert – Coach

May 5, 2008, 11:32 PM
Nepal: Practice Match Galore for WCL Div 5


Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced a busy preparation schedule for the World Cricket League Division 5 Tournament that begins on May 23 in Jersey.

Announcing the final team for the event, Nepal’s only chance to qualify for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, CAN announced seven practice matches before meeting Germany in the opening match of the 12-nation event.

Nepal plays Bangladesh’s Dhaka Club Limited on May 2 before playing three one-day matches against visiting Pakistan Cricket Board Academy team. The matches against PCB Academy are scheduled on May 8, 9 and 11 in Kathmandu.

On the way to Jersey, Nepal will play English county side Sussex’s Academy Team at Gatwick, London and will stop in Guernsey for two friendly matches — one each against Bahamas and Guernsey. According to CAN, the five-day Guernsey tour is managed by International Cricket Council (ICC).

“More practice matches have been scheduled to hone the ability of the players since WCL Div 5 is an important event for Nepal,” a CAN release signed by spokesperson Tarak Mani Dixit said.

Nepal is in Group A alongside USA, Germany, Mozambique, Norway and Vanuatu for WCL Div 5. Group B consists of Afghanistan, Japan, Jersey, Singapore, Bahamas and Botswana.

Nepal plays Germany on May 23, Mozambique on May 24, Norway on May 26, Vanuatu on May 27 and USA on May 28. All semifinals, including the playoff semifinals, will be played on May 30 while the final and matches to decide rankings will be played on May 31.

Binod Das will lead the Nepali team in the event while U-19 captain Paras Khadka will be his deputy. Other members of the team are Paresh Lohani, Shakti Gauchan, Mehboob Alam, Sanjam Regmi, Sarad Vesawkar, Dipendra Chaudhary, Gyanendra Malla, Mahesh Chhetri, Raj Kumar Pradhan, Amrit Bhattarai, Basanta Regmi and Dhirendra Chand.

May 8, 2008, 12:45 AM


Former South Africa Test cricketer Peter Kirsten was at Grainville on Sunday where he began his three-month coaching duties with the Jersey side which next month hosts Division Five of the World Cricket League,

“I was last here 20 years ago” he said after training. “What has impressed me now, on my return, is how good the facilities are.”

“The States of Jersey are obvioiusly pumping money into sport, which is good.”

Kirsten, whose brother Gary coaches India while hos other brother Andy, coaches Kenya, is under no illusion as to how hard his task will be with Jersey.

“All of their games this summer will be hard. Botswana will be fielding teir full Under 19 side and we know there’ll be ex-pats in the Bahamas team. It will be very competitiove, but I like the set-up in Jerseyy and I’m looking forward to it.”

Kirsten will be in the Island until 2nd June.

May 8, 2008, 12:31 PM
Nepal is where we used to be twenty years ago - pretty crazy about the game and yet constantly losing to nations where the word cricket would be associated to an insect first.

May 12, 2008, 12:47 PM
Amazing Victory for CAN XI


Spinners helped Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) XI registered an upset victory over visiting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Academy in the final of three one-day matches at the TU Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Brought in after the visitors hit 47 runs of first two overs while chasing lowly 136 for victory, the spinners did the trick for Nepal and the stand-in captain Paras Khadka walked away with praise for his experimental decisions that proved successful.

PBC Academy were bowled out for 121 in 28.3 overs with off-spinner Sanjam Regmi emerging the hero with a more than impressive figure of 8.3-4-6-5. Basant Regmi took three for 28 in 8 overs while Shakti Gauchan and Sarad Vesawkar each grabbed a wicket.

Full Story (http://www.cricket.com.np/new/2008/05/11/amazing-victory-for-can-xi/)

May 12, 2008, 03:40 PM
Afghan cricket team aims for world cup glory
Tim Albone in Kabul


Taj Malik has more to worry about than rain stopping play or the wicket his team will have to bat on.

The charismatic coach of the Afghan cricket team has been threatened by a suicide bomber for not picking a particular player, while his brother and one of his star bowlers bear the scars of bullet wounds from years of war.

But Mr Malik, 32, and his players say that nothing will stop them achieving their dream of getting to the Cricket World Cup in 2011.

The first step on the long journey begins at the end of this month, when they travel from the battle-scarred streets of Kabul to the Channel Islands. There they face such cricketing titans as Singapore, the Bahamas, Botswana, Japan and Jersey in their attempt to progress to the next qualifying stage.

“This is do or die ... I will throw myself in the Atlantic if we lose,” said Mr Malik.

But the most mouthwatering match for the Afghans is a potential knockout meeting with the United States. “Pray we beat them,” Hameed Hassan, 20, who bowls at nearly 90mph, said. “Most of the Afghans are eager to hear we beat the United States.” Hasti Gul, 24, a talented bowler and brother of the coach, is bullish about their chances.

“Inshallah [God willing] we will win. We have no weakness in our team, our bowling, batting and fielding are all good. We will win the tournament and bring the cup to Afghanistan.” Perhaps surprisingly given the wealth of spin talent in neighbouring Pakistan, the Afghans have little time for the tweakers and turners of the game. “Afghans like to bowl fast,” Mr Malik said. “They don't think spin bowling is attacking enough.” Indeed, he added, much of the warlike character of the Afghans is present in the way they play cricket. “Every game is like a battle for us; every game is a fight.”

Victory in Jersey, where most experts agree Afghanistan are favourites, would not lead straight to the World Cup. The team would still have to compete in - and finish in the top two of - tournaments in Tanzania and Argentina, and then finish in the top six in a tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

“If we lose, most of our team members will leave cricket forever; this is our only chance,” Mr Gul said. Bashir Stankzai, the assistant manager of the team, agreed: “If we don't get there we have no future.”

Afghanistan has had an international team only since the Taleban were ousted in 2001 but the potential is amazing. In 2006 the Afghans beat the MCC by 202 runs, getting the former England captain Mike Gatting out for a duck. Hamed Hassan, their fastest bowler, and team-mate Mohammed Nabi, 24, were recruited later by the MCC for several matches.

** Tim Albone is filming a documentary on the Afghan cricket team. Visit outoftheashes.tv for more information

May 13, 2008, 01:47 PM
about the wcl div 5 tournament, it looks like nepal & afghanistan will cruise through this tournament & the only thing which will be left of any interest will be who finishes 3rd & who out of nepal & afghanistan wins. nepal, just beat a very strong pcb xi which had 5 players who had recently played odis. when faced with academy teams of test playing nations, even teams of wcl div 1 & 2 struggle against them. also, some of afghanistan players have done well in pakistan domestic cricket, with 1 of them mohammad nabi even hitting a 100. nepal & afghanistan r at a standard well above the other 10 teams & they should cruise through wcl div 4 & 3 as well later this year & in 2009, should finish in the top 4 of the wc qualifiers & qualify for the 2011 wc

my picks for 2011 wc qualification will be ireland, scotland, nepal & afghanistan

May 13, 2008, 10:19 PM
One country from Afghanistan and Nepal should definitely reach the world cup qualifier (the 12 teams event). However, my picks for the 2011 world cup would be Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, and Namibia.

May 21, 2008, 02:42 AM
Nepal beat Bahamas by 201 runs in pre-WCL friendly


In the first of three pre-WCL Division 5 friendlies in Guernsey, Nepal crushed the Bahamas by 201 runs at the Port Soif ground.

Nepal batted first and made 272 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs. Paris Khadka topscored with an unbeaten 63 while Shakti Gauchan with 50 and Gyanandra Malla with 48 were the other main contributors. G Armstrong (2 for 19) and N Ekanyake (2 for 42) returned the best figures for the Bahamas.

The Bahamas got off to an awful start and were 6 for 3 after 4 overs. then 60 for 6 before being dismissed for 71 in 31 overs. C Atkinson (19) and M Ford (18) were their top scorers as Mahaboob Alab (2 for 16 in 6 overs), Binod Das (2 for 20 in 6 overs) and Rajkumar Pradam (3 for 19 in 9.4 overs) ran through them.

Tomorrow sees Guernsey play the Bahamas at Port Soif while on Wednesday Guernsey play Nepal at KGV before the teams travel to nearby Jersey for the WCL tournament starting on Friday.

May 21, 2008, 02:34 PM
Bahamas seems to be a really poor team, even Guernsey have trashed them.


May 21, 2008, 09:42 PM
Nepal has beaten Guernsey by 73 runs.
Against Guernsey, Nepal were at one stage in the mire at 65 for 5 against some excellent Guernsey bowling. They were rescued by a partnership of 103 between Sarad Veswakar and Mehboob Alam, the latter providing the impetus with 45 off 59 balls with Veswakar making 72 from 139 balls.

Guernsey were well aware of the potency of Nepal’s seam attack and Alam struck immediately with the wicket of Mark Jefferies with one of his big inswingers. The wickets of Smit, Oliver and Ravenscroft followed quickly and Guernsey were soon four down with only 40 on the board.

Skipper Stuart Le Prevost with a hard fought 41 and Jeremy Frith with 24 steadied the ship and were rebuilding nicely before the injured Frith, batting with a runner, was run out. Le Prevost kept going and appeared unlucky to be given leg before. With his dismissal the home side’s chances were fading and Rajkumar Pradhan’s legbreaks wrapped things up with 4 for 36.

Nepal's top order seems to be as fragile as ever.

May 22, 2008, 05:28 PM
12 players to watch


Afghanistan: Mohammed Nabi

An all-rounder, Mohammed Nabi is capable of turning a match with both bat and ball. He first came to prominence after hitting 116 against the MCC in India, following which he was offered a place on the MCC's Young Cricketers programme, which has previously included players such as Ian Botham, Phil Tufnell and Mark Waugh.

He became the first Afghanistan player to play first-class cricket when he turned out for the MCC against Sri Lanka A in 2007, top scoring in the MCC's first innings with 43. He was a key player for Afghanistan in the ACC Twenty20 Cup the same year, scoring a 24 ball 50 and taking 3/27 in the final against Oman.

He has recently gained experience playing first-class and List A cricket in Pakistan, where he played for Pakistan Customs. He scored an unbeaten 112 in a one-day match for the team, and currently has a List A batting average over 50, making him one of the batsmen to watch during the tournament.

Bahamas: Narendra Ekanayake

Sri Lankan born left-arm spinner Narendra Ekanayake is the current captain of the Bahamas side, taking that role for the first time in this year's Stanford 20/20 tournament, where he picked up the wicket of West Indies batsmen Xavier Marshall.

Previously an all-rounder, his batting has declined in recent years, but his bowling has come on in leaps and bounds. In Division Two of the Americas Championship in 2006, he took 13 wickets at the average of 5.84, including an excellent 6/12 against Panama.

He took four wickets at 14.50 in the Americas Division Two tournament earlier this year, and given the Bahamas poor performance in their warm-up games against Nepal and Guernsey, they will need him to be on the top of his game if they are to have any hope on reaching Division Four.

Botswana: James Moses

James Moses, a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler, is coming to the end of his career at the age of 42, but is still one of Botswana's key players.

He made his debut back at the African Championship in 1998, before Botswana had even become an ICC member. He was Botswana's key player in the African Affiliates Championship in 2004, where he was his team's top run scorer and top wicket-taker.

He has declined a little since then, but his experience will count for a lot in Botswana's campaign.

Germany: Javed Iqbal

Germany are a little unfortunate in that their best cricketer, Gerrit Muller, now plays for Denmark. This of course excludes Shane Warne, who incorrectly thought he could apply for a German passport last year.

Instead, the man to watch for Germany is probably going to be Javed Iqbal. Born on Christmas Day 1974 in Pakistan, Iqbal made his debut for Germany at the 2004 European Championship, taking four wickets in his two matches, including 3/21 against Gibraltar.

He was a key member of the side when the European Championship next came around in 2006, where he was the leading German wicket-taker, second only in the overall standings to Aamer Waheed of Norway, taking eleven wickets at 15.18, including one of the tournament's two five wicket hauls, 5/35 against Greece. He will need to be on that form for Germany in this tournament.

Japan: Naoki Miyaji

This 29 year old opening bowler has a lot of experience behind him, making his debut back in the 200 ACC Trophy, when Japan were still part of the Asian region. They had switched to the East Asia-Pacific region by 2002, when Japan played in the East Asia Eights in Perth.

He was the top Japanese wicket-taker in that tournament, taking six wickets at 27.33. He has also played some club cricket in England, meaning he has experience of similar conditions to those he'll find in Jersey. His experience in England had obviously helped him when he was the top wicket-taker for Japan in the 2005 East Asia-Pacific Cup, taking 11 wickets at 9.81 in the group stage before taking three wickets in the dying overs of the final against the Cook Islands to lead Japan to the title.

He played a key role in getting Japan to Division Five, as he was Japan's top wicket-taker at the East Asia-Pacific Trophy in Auckland last year, when he took twelve wickets at the average of 14.66. He needs to repeat that for Japan in this tournament.

Jersey: Ryan Driver

The former Lancashire and Worcestershire batsman is making his official debut for Jersey in this tournament, after previously playing for them as a non-qualified player in the inter-insular match against Guernsey.

He is one of a handful of players in the tournament with first-class experience, playing 25 matches between 1998 and 2002. He was a consistent performer at second XI level with Lancashire and Worcestershire, and at minor counties level with Cornwall, but he never quite made it at a higher level.

Nevertheless, his experience will count for a lot in the tournament, and he has begun to develop into something of an all-rounder. He bats in the upper order, and bowls right-arm medium pace. Last year, he took 8/63 playing for Cornwall against Devon in the Minor Counties Championship.

Mozambique: Syed Kaleem Raza Shah

All-rounder Kaleem Shah is set to be the key player for Mozambique in this tournament. He only made his debut for them two years ago, but has already shown himself to be indispensable.

First, in WCL Africa Division Three in 2006, he was the tournament's top run-scorer, with 313 runs at 78.25 with a top score of 126 against Morocco – the only century of the tournament. He also scored 77 in Mozambique's win over Sierra Leone in the final and took six wickets at 26.

He didn't play as well in the Division Two tournament later the same year, though he did score 70 against Zambia, but Mozambique were playing at a higher level than they ever had. He is still set to be their main man to watch in this tournament.

Nepal: Binod Das

Nepal are one of the favourites in this tournament, and with a bowler like Binod Das in their line-up, it is not hard to see why.

Das made his debut for Nepal in the 2000 ACC Trophy, aged just 17. He has since gone on to become the first name on any team sheet for Nepal, and is probably one of the best bowlers at associate level, averaging 11.42 with the ball in first-class cricket, and 18.25 in Under-19 ODIs.

He is now captain of the Nepal side, and has an experienced head on his young shoulders. He has played well in the Nepali domestic tournaments over the winter, and will be hoping to bowl Nepal to victory in this tournament.

Norway: Zeeshan Ali

Norway are another team amongst the favourites for this tournament, and Zeeshan Ali will need to play as well as he has recently in order for them to live up to that title.

An all-rounder, Ali made his debut for Norway at the European Representative Festival (now Division Four of the European Championship) back in 2000, where he scored 154 runs at 77, and took eleven wickets at 11.

He has since often been amongst Norway's top run-scorers and top wicket-takers at most tournaments they play, and at Division Two of the European Championship in 2006, he scored 190 runs at an average of 47.50 and won man of the match awards against France and Israel as Norway went on to win the tournament and qualify for World Cricket League Division Five and European Championship Division One.

Singapore: Chetan Suryawanshi

Opening batsman Chetan Suryawanshi has been playing for Singapore since the Stan Nagaiah Trophy in 2005. He put in a remarkable wicket-keeping performance on debut, taking four catches and two stumpings. He also found time to bowl an over!

His batting began to come to the fore in the same series the following year, when he scored 86 and 91 in the last two matches of the series. He went into a small decline following this, though he has recently come back into form after giving up the gloves.

He comes into the tournament in top form, having been easily the best player in the Stan Nagaiah Trophy series against Malaysia earlier this month. In the three matches, he scored 251 runs and will be hoping to continue that form and show that the Asian challenge isn't just coming from Nepal and Afghanistan.

USA: Lennox Cush

All-rounder Lennox Cush has played more first-class matches than any other player in this tournament, having played 38 times for his native Guyana in that form of the game.

He made his debut for the USA in the Americas Championship in 2006, and won the man of the match award against Argentina after taking 2/30 and scoring an unbeaten 73. He has continued to play for Guyana in the Stanford 20/20, opening the batting and bowling in Guyana's winning campaign in 2006.

He also played in this year's tournament, winning the man of the match award in Guyana's one run defeat to Jamaica in the semi-final after taking three wickets for just eight runs in his four overs. His experience will count for a lot as the USA look to bounce back up the rankings on their return to international cricket.

Vanuatu: Andrew Mansale

This 19 year old is one of the top batsman in Vanuatu, and is their man to keep an eye on in this tournament. He first gained international experience at the age of 16 when he played for the East Asia-Pacific team in the Australian National Country Cricket Championship in 2005.

He made his debut for the Vanuatu side in the East Asia-Pacific Cup later that year, where he was his team's top run-scorer. He had an excellent EAP Under-19 Championship tournament last year, taking eleven wickets at 7.09 and scoring 240 runs at 80. He was the top wicket-taker in the tournament and would have been the top run-scorer had it not been for Fiji's Josefa Rika's remarkable innings of 257 against Japan.

He comes into this tournament in some form, after finishing as the top run-scorer in the East Asia-Pacific Trophy in December, which Vanautu finished as runners-up in to qualify for this tournament.

al Furqaan
May 22, 2008, 06:00 PM
rooting for nepal and afghanistan to win. would love to see one of them in the WC but beating one of kenya, scotland, holland, or ireland is a tough ask.

al Furqaan
May 22, 2008, 06:00 PM
Nepal is where we used to be twenty years ago - pretty crazy about the game and yet constantly losing to nations where the word cricket would be associated to an insect first.

was cricket that popular in bangladesh before 1997???

May 23, 2008, 06:32 AM
Here are updates:

Nepal are having a good start!
(reducing Germany to 42/5 in 20 overs)

May 23, 2008, 08:50 AM
was cricket that popular in bangladesh before 1997???
No jobs, no food on the plate, no tv in the living room (or no living room at all) - what did you expect?

Not that the buras were into it, but Fairbrother got more claps playing for Abahani then than he would today.

May 23, 2008, 12:05 PM
Nepal, Afghanistan, and USA have won their respective matches.

Germany v Nepal at Les Quennevais 1
Nepal won by 7 wickets
Toss: Germany
Germany 69 (39.4 overs) B Regmi 3-4, Mahaboob Alam 3-24
Nepal 70-3 (20.2 overs)

Mozambique v USA at Farmers CC
USA won by 9 wickets
Toss: Mozambique
Mozambique 148-7 (50 overs)
USA 150-1 (27.4 overs) S Nadkarni 70* O Baker 37

Afghanistan v Japan at Victoria College
Afghanistan won by 93 runs
Toss: Afghanistan
Afghanistan 179 (35.4 overs)
Japan 86 (40.2 overs)

May 23, 2008, 03:37 PM
Video clips - http://www.channelonline.tv/newfeatures/icc/news.htm

May 24, 2008, 12:36 PM
Disappointing second day with almost all matches being abandoned...

...matches are rescheduled for tomorrow.
Until play was on Nepal reduced Mozambique to 70 all out, Usa were 108/1 on Norway after 21 overs and Afghanistan were 105/5 on Bahamas (not a great score, I would say).

May 25, 2008, 12:05 PM
10 wickets!

Nepal's Mahaboob Alam had figures of 7.5-1-12-10 in today's match against Mozambique... Nepal scored 238/7 on 1st innings and then dismissed Moazambique for 19 runs!

Other matches:
Norway 85 all out (31.1 overs)
USA 87-0 (14.5 overs)

Japan 124-8 (50 overs) M Hague 4-26
Jersey 125-2 (34.1 overs) P Gough 59*

Bahamas 46 (24 overs) G Naid 5-7 inc hat-trick, Hassan 2-12, D Ahamdzai 2-14
Afghanistan 49-5 (6.3 overs) M Ford 3-5

May 25, 2008, 12:33 PM
I doubt Afghanistan will make the final with this kind of batting strength. Nepal and USA are looking like the favorites at this point.

May 25, 2008, 02:49 PM
Yes, a 49/5 score against Bahamas doesn't sound great, but probably they were trying some big shots as the target was really low.

Here is a pic from Cricket Europe site:

History is made as Nepal's Mahaboob Alam bowls Imtiyaz Lili to finish with figures of 10 for 12 against Mozambique. ©CricketEurope/ICC

May 26, 2008, 09:59 AM
Quick update:

Nepal 204 all out (49.4 overs)
Norway 0-0 (3.0 overs)

Norway (a team made by ex-pats) couldn't score a single run in 3 overs against Nepal, another hint of the asian excellent bowling attack.

May 26, 2008, 02:32 PM
Nepal v Norway
Nepal beat Norway by 108 runs
Nepal 204 all out (49.4 overs) M Alam 51
Norway 96 all out (46.4 overs)

Germany v Mozambique at Victoria College
Germany won by 7 wickets
Mozambique 96 (38.2 overs) E Latif 3-13 F Ahmed 3-14 J Igbal 3-40
Germany 97-3 (28.1 overs) A Bhatti 32*

USA v Vanuatu at Grainville
USA won by 7 wickets (24 over match)
Vanuatu 88-9 (24 overs)
USA 89-3 (19.2 overs)

Jersey v Bahamas at FB Fields
Jersey won by 128 runs (32 over match)
Jersey 206-4 (32 overs) R Driver 92* M Hague 57
Bahamas 78 (25.2 overs) A Dewhurst 6-20

Japan v Singapore at Les Quennevais 1
No play today

Afghanistan v Botswana at Les Quennevais 2
Afghanistan won
Further details will follow
Botswana 128 (34.4 overs) Eisakhil 4-20, Hamid Hassan 3-19
Afghanistan 69-1 (10 overs)

May 26, 2008, 03:20 PM
The score of Aghanistan match has been updated:

Afghanistan v Botswana at Les Quennevais 2.
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
Botswana 128 (34.4 overs) Eisakhil 4-20, Hamid Hassan 3-19
Afghanistan 129-3 (29.5 overs) KK Sedeq 62, MA Noori 48*

Nepal, Usa, Jersey and Afghanistan still having easy wins... it looks like these four teams will be the semifinalists.

May 27, 2008, 05:17 AM
Nepal's Mahbubual Alam is now a world record holder in oneday format of cricket to grab all 10 wickets in a match.

May 27, 2008, 09:53 AM
Nepal's Mahbubual Alam is now a world record holder in oneday format of cricket to grab all 10 wickets in a match.
I hope that match didnt get ODI status, that would ruin the records book. By the way is Alam of Bangladeshi or Pakistani descent.

May 27, 2008, 12:20 PM
Looks like Afghanistan might lose today.

(35 over match)

Singapore- 145 (29.3)
Afghanistan- 34-3 (8.3)

May 27, 2008, 12:25 PM
By the way is Alam of Bangladeshi or Pakistani descent.
How about being a Nepali ? I guess you will be surprised to know that over one million Muslims live in Nepal.

Alam's profile - http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/wcl/content/current/player/25952.html

May 27, 2008, 12:30 PM
Afghanistan is in trouble.

Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)
Afghanistan 41-4 (11.0 overs)

May 27, 2008, 12:56 PM
Situation deteriorates for Afghans.

Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)
Afghanistan 71-6 (17.1 overs)

May 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Afghanis got their rears handed to them by Singaporeans.

Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)
Afghanistan 76 all out (20.2 overs)

May 27, 2008, 02:11 PM
Results of the day -

Singapore beat Afghanistan by 69 runs
Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)CR Kumarage 32
Afghanistan 76 all out (20.2 overs) Chris Janik 5-9

Jersey beat Botswana by 7 wickets
Botswana 66 all out (39.3 overs) R Driver 3-10
Jersey 67-3 (15.2 overs) PW Gough 39*

Nepal won by 137 runs
(46 over match) Toss: Vanuatu
Nepal 220-9 (46 overs) MK Chhetri 65, M Alam 34 M Nimoho 3-53
Vanuatu 83 (32.1 overs)

USA won by 6 wickets
(33 over match) Toss: USA
Germany 104 (32.5 overs)
USA 107-4 (28.1 overs)

Mozambique won by 3 wickets
(36 over match) Toss: Mozambique
Norway 110 (33.2 overs) NG Karim 3-12, AA Koliya 3-20
Mozambique 111-7 (33.1 overs)

Bahamas v Japan Match tied
(26 over match) Toss: Japan
Bahamas 115 (24.2 overs) G Beath 4-18
Japan 115-8 (26 overs) G Beath 58, R Mitchell 3-16

May 27, 2008, 03:38 PM
Results of the day -

Singapore beat Afghanistan by 69 runs
Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)CR Kumarage 32
Afghanistan 76 all out (20.2 overs) Chris Janik 5-9

...this is really unexpected result... now Afghanistan are in trouble and could miss semifinals!

May 27, 2008, 04:48 PM
USA undefeated???

May 27, 2008, 05:10 PM
USA undefeated???
So far, yes. Tomorrow they meet Nepal.

May 28, 2008, 02:03 AM
Afgans are new Bangladesh. High expectation low return

May 28, 2008, 06:19 PM
I would say Afghanistan is more like India and Pakistan at this level, an over hyped team that got spanked by a mediocre team.

May 29, 2008, 06:46 AM
Singapore v Japan, last match of Group B, is on play... Singapore need a great win to lift their NRR from -0,11 to +1,64 to by-pass Afghanistan on 2nd place of the final table of the group.

This is last update:
Japan v Singapore at Victoria College.
Toss: Japan
Singapore 89-2 (10 overs)

On group A Nepal v USA are playing: Nepal are 78/5 after 24 overs.
Both teams are already qualified and the match is decider for which team will end on top of the table.

May 29, 2008, 08:37 AM

Nepal 182 all out (50.0 overs)

Let's see if Nepal powerful bowling attack can defend the target from USA good batting side.

Japan v Singapore at Victoria College.
Toss: Japan
Singapore 201 (35.4 overs) CR Suryawanshi 57, CR Kumarage 41, Y Matsubara 4-53
Japan 12-0 (3 overs

Not the best of score for Singapore, maybe Afghanistan can reach semifinals.

May 30, 2008, 05:03 AM
Singapore beat Japan by 52 runs (D/L method) but that was not enough to reach 2nd place on the table.
Nepal v USA was finally abandoned.

So today semifinals are played:
Nepal v Afghanistan
USA v Jersey

...the winners will also be qualified for WCL Division 4 to be played next september.

May 30, 2008, 08:45 AM
It'll be fun to see the players of USA. All immigrants?

May 30, 2008, 09:10 AM
It'll be fun to see the players of USA. All immigrants?
Post #2 of this thread: http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showpost.php?p=687981&postcount=2

May 30, 2008, 09:35 AM

Afghanistan 142 all out (49.3 overs)
Nepal 16-2 (7.0 overs)

Jersey 220-5 (50.0 overs)

Here's the link for Nepal v Afghanistan live commentary:

Notice: losers of semifinals will be definitely out of world cup 2011.

May 30, 2008, 09:47 AM
Nepal in real trouble... in the last four overs they only got runs from wide/no balls!

End of over 9 (3 runs) Nepal 19-2
SP Gauchan 0* +MK Chhetri 3*
Dawlat Ahmadzai 5-1-10-1 Gul Abed 4-2-7-1
Partnership of 7 in 5.1 overs
8.6 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
8.6 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, WIDE
8.5 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
8.4 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
8.4 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, WIDE
8.3 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
8.3 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, WIDE
8.2 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
8.1 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.

End of over 8 (0 runs) Nepal 16-2
+MK Chhetri 3* SP Gauchan 0*
Gul Abed 4-2-7-1 Dawlat Ahmadzai 4-1-7-1
Partnership of 4 in 4.1 overs
7.6 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
7.5 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
7.4 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
7.3 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
7.2 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
7.1 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.

End of over 7 (0 runs) Nepal 16-2
SP Gauchan 0* +MK Chhetri 3*
Dawlat Ahmadzai 4-1-7-1 Gul Abed 3-1-7-1
Partnership of 4 in 3.1 overs
6.6 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
6.5 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
6.4 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
6.3 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
6.2 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.
6.1 Dawlat Ahmadzai to SP Gauchan, no run.

End of over 6 (2 runs) Nepal 16-2
+MK Chhetri 3* SP Gauchan 0*
Gul Abed 3-1-7-1 Dawlat Ahmadzai 3-0-7-1
Partnership of 4 in 2.1 overs
5.6 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
5.5 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
5.5 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, NO BALL
5.4 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
5.3 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
5.2 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.
5.2 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, WIDE
5.1 Gul Abed to MK Chhetri, no run.

May 30, 2008, 11:07 AM
Nepal's fifth wicket (Malla) has fallen. Looks like Afghans are going to defend their paltry total.

Afghanistan 142 all out (49.3 overs)
Nepal 51-5 (28.4 overs)

May 30, 2008, 11:10 AM
Now the sixth wicket is gone. The Nepali late order has to pull a miracle to win this match.

Afghanistan 142 all out (49.3 overs)
Nepal 55-6 (29.1 overs)

May 30, 2008, 11:40 AM
WOW, Afghanistan is winning. Nepal was relatively strong team.

Nepal 78-7

May 30, 2008, 12:17 PM
Nepal lost it, Afghanistan is through to the final and WCL division IV.

Afghanistan 142 all out (49.3 overs)
Nepal 105 all out (45.5 overs)

USA is also in trouble against Jersey.

Jersey 220-5 (50.0 overs)
USA 111-6 (30.0 overs)

Results from other matches -

Botswana beat Germany by 10 runs
Botswana 127 (45.4 overs) A Patel 46, F Ahmed 4-15
Germany 117 (38.5 overs) Kapoor 4-37

Japan beat Vanuatu by 99 runs
Japan 238-6 (50 overs) G Beath 68, Munir 66, Giles-Jones 38, P Chilia 3-34
Vanuatu 139 (39.3 overs)

May 30, 2008, 12:41 PM
Nepal lost it, Afghanistan is through to the final and WCL division IV.

Afghanistan 142 all out (49.3 overs)
Nepal 105 all out (45.5 overs)

Quite a surpirsing result, as Nepal had dominated group stage and Afghanistan lost to Singapore... but Nepal often fail most important matches, as their batting side is too weak... I'm sorry for their passionate fans.
Afghanistan keep on dreaming of reaching next World Cup!

May 30, 2008, 12:43 PM
Excuse me, who are these jersey ?

US state playing imdependantly? or who?

May 30, 2008, 12:45 PM
Jersey and Guernsey are two little islands between France and UK:

May 30, 2008, 12:48 PM
Looks like USA is losing to little island of Jersey.

Jersey 220-5 (50.0 overs)
USA 131-9 (37.0 overs)

Singapore won against Mozambique to stay in the fight for the 5th place.

Singapore 203-8 (50 overs) C Janik 41, NR Bonguram 44, M Koliya 3-26
Mozambique 149 (46.4 overs) Razak 3-16

May 30, 2008, 12:51 PM
Thanks, for the link as well

May 30, 2008, 12:58 PM
It's all over for USA. Congrats to Jersey and good luck for the final and division IV.

Jersey 220-5 (50.0 overs)
USA 136 all out (38.2 overs)

May 30, 2008, 01:03 PM
Xavier, any idea how in the earth Norway is the winner of European division II ?

ECC needs to bend the rules and include Jersey and Guernsey in division I.

May 30, 2008, 01:30 PM
I think that the reason is just that the whole of Norwegian cricket team is made by asian immigrants, so that's enough to beat teams like Germany, France and Jersey... anyway I'm sure that 99% of Norwegians don't know what cricket is...

The level of the game in continental Europe is really poor... Holland is a decent team with a good tradition, Denmark's Klokker is a good batsman... Italy is the best of the rest but I'm sure that Afghanistan would easily thrash them...

European 2nd Division Championships 2006

Norway national team

May 31, 2008, 02:54 PM
Afghanistan win a (very) low-scoring final by 2 wickets:

Jersey 80 all out (39.5 overs)
Afghanistan 81-8 (37.4 overs)

Afghanistan celebrate with the trophy after their two-wicket victory in the Final against Jersey. ©CricketEurope/ICC

Nepal win 3rd place match:
Nepal 189 (49.3 overs) P Khadka 48, K Shuja 5-34
USA 91 (42.4 overs)

Nepal have been tagged as "associates' South Africa"! (guess why...)

Congralutations to Afghanistan, though they were lucky to get to the semifinals after losing to Singapore in group stage... unfortunately we couldn't see a Afghanistan v USA final which would have been quite weird and would have also been talked about by media all over the world...

May 31, 2008, 02:59 PM
These are the teams who are going to play World Cricket League Division 4 next september:
Hong Kong, Tanzania, Italy, Fiji, Afghanistan and Jersey.
The first 2 teams will be promoted to WCL Division 3 2009.

May 31, 2008, 06:09 PM
These are the teams who are going to play World Cricket League Division 4 next september:
Hong Kong, Tanzania, Italy, Fiji, Afghanistan and Jersey.
The first 2 teams will be promoted to WCL Division 3 2009.

Xavier u must be happy Italy are gonna be in that one, y dont u try for the Italian cricket team mate, ur passion mite rly help the team.

June 1, 2008, 04:32 AM
That's nice from you mate... but I have never played cricket in my life, so any attempt by me would be laughable...:D

Italian cricket team is a decent one, mainly based on asian immigrants living in Italy... I don't know if they can win WCLD3 but still they have no chance to reach world cup, as teams like Kenya, Ireland, Holland etc... are much, much stronger...

June 1, 2008, 04:46 AM
So this is going to be the path for the Associates to World Cup 2011:

2008 WCL Division 4:
1st and 2nd from Div.5: Afghanistan and Jersey.
+ 5th to 8th from Div.3 2007 which are: Fiji, Italy, Tanzania, Hong Kong.
First 2 teams to WCL Div.3.

2009 WCL Division 3:
1st and 2nd from Div.4 (Afghanistan-? Hong Kong-?)
+ 3rd and 4th Div.3 2007 which are Cayman and Papua New Guinea
+ 5th and 6th from Div.2 2007: Argentina and Uganda.
First 2 teams finally reach World Cup qualifiers!

2009 World Cup Qualifiers (12 teams):
6 ODI Associates Kenya, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Canada, Bermuda.
+ 1th to 4th Division 2 2007 (UAE, Namibia, Danmark, Oman)
+ 1th and 2nd WCL Division 3 2009 (Afghanistan-? Papua-? Uganda-? Argentina-?)
Four teams best placed will qualify for the World Cup.

Anyway I think this World League system is too complicated... there should just be qualifiers for all teams without strict divisions... it is quite senseless to have Cayman and Oman still hoping for world cup qualifyng while better teams like USA and Nepal are already out...!

al Furqaan
June 1, 2008, 02:17 PM
congrats to afghanistan, but sorry for nepal. i would have liked to see those 2 progress as far as possible. too bad for america, as well.

but i think this system whilst a fair bit convoluted, is pretty decent. they need a way to get cricket more popular in those countries.

xavier, any idea who's on Italy's team? are they italians or mostly expats from india-pakistan?

al Furqaan
June 1, 2008, 02:21 PM
got my answer's to the question, xavier! already been asked before, lol.

June 1, 2008, 03:10 PM
Anyway I think this World League system is too complicated... there should just be qualifiers for all teams without strict divisions... it is quite senseless to have Cayman and Oman still hoping for world cup qualifyng while better teams like USA and Nepal are already out...!
On contrary, I think ICC did the right thing by dividing up teams in divisions. There is no point watching Ireland thrashing PNG, they clearly belong to different leagues.

I can't say much about about USA since they are coming back from an international ban. But from what I have seen of Nepal in last two years, I don't think they ever had any real chance of qualifying for the next world cup.

June 2, 2008, 05:14 AM
I think there could have been world cup qualifiers (as there are at football) with preliminary rounds and the best teams to enter at the final stage of the competition.
The world league system is such a narrow way... Nepal are a developing team but they are out of world cup 2011 (3 years before it!) because they were beaten by Afghanistan... and you have worse teams playing in better levels... like Papua and Oman... this way you stop emerging countries to improve, instead of helping them... what is the goal for Nepal and the Usa cricket if they can't even hope to play wc qualifiers until 2015...???
It's ok to have a world league system but it should help teams to get better every year instead of burying them in low division 4-5-6... that's what I mean.

to al Furqaan: this is the page of Wikipedia on Italian cricket team:
here you can find the names of the cricketers, mostly are ex-pats.