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World Cup Qualifier
Zimbabwe, 18 June - 9 July 2023
Super Sixes
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Final: Sri Lanka beat Netherlands by 128 runs.
Harare SC, 9 July.
Sri Lanka 233 (47.5 overs; S Arachchige 57, K Mendis 43; Vikramjit Singh 2-12, Logan van Beek 2-40)
Netherlands 105 (23.3 overs; M O’Dowd 33; M Theekshana 4-31, D Madushanka 3-18)
Super Sixes: Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 8 wickets.
Harare SC, 7 July.
West Indies 243 (48.1 overs; K Carty 87, J Charles 39, R Shepherd 26, K Sinclair 25; M Theekshana 4-39, D Hemantha 2-49)
Sri Lanka 244-2 (44.2 overs; P Nissanka 104, D Karunaratne 83, K Mendis 34*)
Sri Lanka go through the tournament unbeaten as they coast to an 8-wicket win over West Indies.
9th-10th Place: UAE beat USA by 1 run.
Takashinga, Harare, 6 July.
UAE 308-4 (50 overs; Asif Khan 151*, A Sharma 57, Basil Hameed 44; Ali Khan 2-61)
USA 307-9 (50 overs; A Jones 75, G Singh 69, M Patel 61, S Jahangir 32; S Sharma 3-37, Ali Naseer 2-55, Junaid Siddique 2-66)
Super Sixes: Netherlands beat Scotland by 4 wickets.
Queens, Bulawayo, 6 July.
Scotland 277-9 (50 overs; B McMullen 106, R Berrington 64, C McBride 32, T Mackintosh 38*; B de Leede 5-52, R Klein 2-59)
Netherlands 278-6 (42.5 overs; B de Leede 123, V Singh 40, S Zulfiqar 33*, S Edwards 25; M Leask 2-42)
Bas de Leede during his match-winning century against Scotland in Bulawayo (ICC)
Needing to reach their target of 278 in less than 44 overs in order to qualify for the World Cup, The Netherlands made it in the most dramatic fashion as Bas de Leede produced one of the great all round performances in ODI cricket. Having taken 5 for 52 in the Scottish innings he then produced a wonderful century to see his team home. With the Dutch 163 for 5 after 31 overs on a slow, low, pitch Scotland looked odds-on favourites. De Leede and Saqib Zulfiqar still needed 54 from 5 overs to qualify. But overs 42 and 43 went for 22 runs and 20 runs respectively as they embarked on a six-hitting spree. A wonderfully-paced victory for the Dutch and heartbreak for Scotland whose bowling and fielding didn't quite measure up when they came under pressure. Another great day for Dutch cricket, but another disappointing World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe for Scotland.
Super Sixes: West Indies beat Oman by 7 wickets.
Harare SC, 5 July.
Oman 221-9 (50 overs; S Kumar 53, Shoaib Khan 50, K Prajapati 31, Ayaan Khan 30; R Shepherd 3-44, K Mayers 2-31)
West Indies 185-3 (35 overs; B King 100*, S Hope 63*, K Carty 29)
Brandon King celebrates his century in the Windies victory. (ICC)
7th-8th Place: Ireland beat Nepal by 2 wickets
Takashinga, Harare, 4 July.
Nepal 268-9 (50 overs; G Jha 57*, A Saud 48, K Malla 44, S Lamichhane 32, R Paudel 29; C Young 2-36, M Adair 2-47, B McCarthy 2-63)
Ireland 269-8 (49.2 overs; C Campher 62, H Tector 60, G Dockrell 33; Karan KC 3-55, K Mahato 2-55)
Nepal's number 9 Gulsan Jha celebrates his half century. (ICC)
Ireland finished the tournament as they began it, with another lacklustre display, limping home to a 2 wickets victory with just four balls to spare. Following the match, Andrew Balbirnie announced that he was standing down as captain of Ireland's ODI and T20 sides.
Super Sixes: Zimbabwe lost to Scotland by 31 runs.
Queens, Bulawayo, 4 July.
Scotland 234-8 (50 overs; M Leask 48, M Cross 38, B McMullen 34, G Munsey 31, C McBride 28; S Williams 3-41, T Chatara 2-46)
Zimbabwe 203 (41.1 overs; R Burl 83, W Madhevere 40, S Raza 34; C Sole 3-33, B McMullen 2-31, M Leask 2-33)
Wessly Madhevere and Ryan Burl added 73 but ultimately could not keep Zimbabwe's hopes alive. (ICC)
Another magnificent performance from Scotland, who have now beaten three ICC Full Members (Ireland, West Indies and Zimbabwe) in this tournament, means that their match against The Netherlands on Thursday will determine who qualifies for the World Cup, along with Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe cannot qualify as their nett run rate is certain to be less than that of the winner between Scotland and The Netherlands. The crucial periods in the match were the last 5 overs of the Scotland innings when they added over 50, and the first overs of the Zimbabwe reply when Chris Sole produced some blistering pace to remove three of the top order.
Super Sixes: Netherlands beat Oman by 74 runs (DLS)
Harare SC, 3 July.
Netherlands 362/7 (48 overs: Vikram Singh 110, Wesley Barresi 97, Bas de Leede 39, Max O'Dowd 35, Saqib Zulfiqar 33; Bilal Khan 3-75, Mohammad Nadeem 2-35)
Oman 246/6 (44 overs: Ayaan Khan 105*, Shoaib Khan 46, Kashyap Prajapati 25; Aryan Dutt 3-31, Ryan Klen 2-34) (Target 320 in 44 overs)
A maiden ODI century for Vikram Singh in the game (ICC)
Netherlands got off to a flying start after a lengthy rain delay shortened the game to 48 overs. Vikram Singh in fine fettle alongside Max O'Dowd as they put on an opening stand of 117 in 22 overs. Singh added a further 80 for the second wicket with Wesley Barresi, before being dismissed for 110 off 109 balls, hitting 11 four and two sixes. The Dutch will be eyeing a total well in excess of 300 despite losing a third wicket in the 38th over. And thanks to a swashbuckling 97 from 65 balls by Wesley Barresi (10 fours, 3 sixes) they power past 300 and reach 362 in a superb exhibition of batsmanship. Oman battled bravely in the chase without ever threatening to overhaul the huge total. Ayaan Khan's century the highlight of their 246 for 6. There were three wickets for Aryan Dutt and two for Ryan Klein in a powerful win for the Oranje.
7th-10th Place: Nepal beat UAE by 3 wickets.
Takashinga, Harare, 2 July.
UAE 181 (46.5 overs; V Aravind 44, R Mustafa 35, B Hameed 29, A Sharma 28; S Lamichhane 3-23, Karan KC 3-36)
Nepal 185-7 (43.2 overs; DS Airee 79*, K Bhurtel 35; M Jawadullah 3-46)
Rohan Mustafa scored 35 for UAE. (ICC) (ICC)
Super Sixes: Zimbabwe lost to Sri Lanka by 9 wickets.
Queens, Bulawayo, 2 July.
Zimbabwe 165 (32.2 overs; S Williams 56, S Raza 31; M Theekshana 4-25, D Madushanka 3-15, M Pathirana 2-18)
Sri Lanka 169-1 (32 overs; P Nissanka 101*, D Karunaratne 30, K Mendis 25*)
Pethum Nissanka who scored 101* to seal the win. (ICC) (ICC)
Super Sixes: Scotland beat West Indies by 7 wickets.
Harare SC, 1 July.
West Indies 181 (43.5 overs; J Holder 45, R Shepherd 36, Nicholas Pooran 21; B McMullen 3-32, M Watt 2-25, C Greaves 2-30, C Sole 2-43)
Scotland 185-3 (43.3 overs; M Cross 74*, B McMullen 69)
Matt Cross whose 74 not out steered Scotland to victory. (ICC)
Super Sixes: Netherlands lost to Sri Lanka by 21 runs
Queens, Bulawayo, 30 June.
Sri Lanka 213 (47.4 overs; Dhananjaya de Silva 93, Dimuth Karunaratne 33, Maheesh Theekshana 28, Wanindu Hasaranga 20; Logan van Beek 3-26, Bas De Leede 3-42, Saqib Zulfiqar 2-48)
Netherlands 192 (40 overs; Scott Edwards 67*, Wesley Barresi 52, Bas de Leede 41; Maheesh Theekshana 3-31, Wanindu Hasaranga 2-53)
Ryan Klein celebrates trapping Kusal Mendis lbw. (ICC)
7th-10th Place: Ireland beat USA by 6 wickets
Takashinga, Harare, 30 June.
USA 196 (42.4 overs; Saiteja Mukkamalla 55, Sushant Modani 55, Usman Rafiq 28*, Steven Taylor 23; Craig Young 3-35, Andy McBrine 2-19, Mark Adair 2-37, Barry McCarthy 2-49)
Ireland 197/4 (34.2 overs; Paul Stirling 58, Andy Balbirnie 45*, Andy McBrine 35, Harry Tector 25, Lorcan Tucker 25; Nosthush Kenjige 2-41)
A first ball duck for USA skipper Monank Patel bowled by Craig Young. (ICC)
Super Sixes: Zimbabwe beat Oman by 14 runs.
Queens, Bulawayo, 29 June.
Zimbabwe 332-7 (50 overs; S Williams 142, L Jongwe 43*, S Raza 42, C Ervine 25; Fayyaz Butt 4-79)
Oman 318-9 (50 overs; K Prajapati 104, Ayaan Khan 47, Aqib Ilyas 45, Zeeshan Maqsood 37, Mohammad Nadeem 30*; B Muzarabani 3-57, T Chatara 3-73, R Ngarava 2-60)
Sean Williams celebrates his second century in as many games. (ICC)
Group A
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Group B
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Group B: Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 82 runs
Queens, Bulawayo, 27 June.
Sri Lanka 245 (49.3 overs: Pathun Nissanka 75, Charith Asalanka 63, Sadeera Samarawickrama 26, Dhananjaya de Silva 23; Chris Greaves 4-32, Mark Watt 3-52, Chris Sole 2-46)
Scotland 163 (29 overs; C Greaves 56*, C McBride 29; M Theekshana 3-41, W Hasaranga 2-42)
Matt Cross is bowled by Lahiru Kumara in today's game. (ICC) (ICC)
Sri Lanka marching on and they will carry four points into the Super Six phase. They have been easily the form team in the group brushing aside all challenges. Scotland would have thought they were in with a shout at the innings break, but the Sri Lankan attack looks to have all bases covered.
Group B: Ireland beat UAE by 139 runs
Bulawayo AC, 27 June.
Ireland 349/4 (50 overs: Paul Stirling 162, Andy Balbirnie 66, Harry Tector 57, Andy McBrine 24; Sanchit Sharma 3-46)
UAE 211 (39 overs; Muhammad Waseem 45, Basil Hameed 38*, Sanchit Sharma 38*; Curtis Campher 2-14, Josh Little 2-30, George Dockrell 2-32, A McBrine 2-34)
Paul Stirling on his way to a century. (ICC)
Excellent total by Ireland but it all feels like a day late and a dollar short. Paul Stirling's 162 from 134 balls (15 fours, 8 sixes) set them up, sharing stands of 41 with Andy McBrine (24) for the first wicket, and a match winning 184 in just under 30 overs with Andy Balbirnie (66). Harry Tector hit 4 fours and cleared the ropes twice in a rapid 57 from just 33 balls, and a few lusty late blows from Lorcan Tucker and George Dockrell took the Irish to 349 for 4. Josh Little has struck twice and the contest is already all but over at the 20 overs mark. To be fair to the UAE they are making Ireland work and the 7th wicket stand is now 68 and counting. In the end though a very convincing 139 runs win. Two wickets apiece for Little, McBrine, Campher and Dockrell.
Group A: Zimbabwe beat USA by 304 runs
Harare Sports Club, 26 June.
Zimbabwe 408/6 (50 overs: S Williams 174, J Gumbie 78, S Raza 48, R Burl 47, I Kala 32; A Paradkar 3-78, J Singh 2-97)
USA 104 (25.1 overs: A Paradkar 24, J Singh 21; S Raza 2-15, R Ngarava 2-25)
Sean Williams celebrates his century. (ICC/Getty Images)
USA narrowly avoided defeat by an ODI record margin in this one-sided encounter and finish winless at the bottom of Group A.
Group A: West Indies lost to Netherlands in a Super Over
Takashinga, Harare, 26 June.
West Indies 374/6 (50 overs: N Pooran 104, B King 76, J Charles 54, S Hope 47, K Paul 46, S Brooks 25; S Zulfiqar 2-43, B de Leede 2-72)
Netherlands 374/9 (50 overs: T Nidamanuru 111, S Edwards 67, V Singh 37, M O'Dowd 36, B de Leede 33, W Barresi 27, L van Beek 21*; R Chase 3-77, A Hosain 2-73)
Brandon King scored 76 in a century opening partnership with Johnson Charles (ICC/Getty Images)
The Netherlands looked threatening at 313/4 needing 61 off 6 overs and with Nidamanuru and Edwards having added 143. They lost 3 quick wickets but then took it into the last over needing only 9 runs. Scores tied off the fifth delivery and van Beek is dismissed off the sixth!! What a Super Over for the Netherlands - Logan van Beek faced Jason Holder and Scott Edwards never got a look in - 4 6 4 6 6 4 = 30. And as if that wasn't enough van Beek did the bowling as well - 6 1 1 W W and that was that. Netherlands 30/0 - West Indies 8/2 which means the Netherlands will carry the points from today into the Super Sixes. No odds being offered on MOM.
Group B: Scotland beat Oman by 76 runs.
Bulawayo AC, 25 June.
Scotland 320 (50 overs; B McMullen136, R Berrington 60, T Mackintosh 32, M Cross 27, M Watt 25; Bilal Khan 5-55, Fayyaz Butt 2-68)
Oman 244-9 (50 overs; Naseem Khushi 69, Shoaib Khan 36, Aqib Ilyas 31, Ayaan Khan 30; C Greaves 5-53)
Brandon McMullen added a century versus Oman to the 5-for he claimed against Ireland (ICC/Getty Images)
Toss: Oman. As both teams have now qualified for the Super Six stage, Scotland will carry this win forward.
Group B: Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 133 runs.
Queens, Bulawayo, 25 June.
Sri Lanka 325 (49.5 overs; D Karunaratne 103, S Samarawickrama 82, D de Silva 42*, C Asalanka 38; M Adair 4-46, B McCarthy 3-56, G Delany 2-52)
Ireland 192 (31 overs; C Campher 39, H Tector 33, G Dockrell 26*; W Hasaranga 5-79, M Theekshana 2-29)
Gareth Delany is bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga who has taken 16 wickets in 3 matches to date. (ICC/Getty Images)
Toss: Ireland
Group A: Netherlands beat Nepal by 7 wickets
Takashinga, Harare, 24 June.
Nepal 167 (44.3 overs: Rohit Paudel 33, Sandeep Lamichhane 27, Kushal Bhurtel 27, Bhim Sharki 22; Logan van Beek 4-24, Vikram Singh 2-20, Bas de Leede 2-31)
Netherlands 168-3 (27.1 overs: Max O'Dowd 90, Bas de Leede 41*, Vikram Singh 30; Sandeep Lamichhane 2-60)
Max O'Dowd who scored 90 in the Netherlands win. (ICC/Getty Images)
This win guarantees that The Netherlands qualify for the Super Sixes, along with the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Group A: Zimbabwe beat West Indies by 35 runs
Harare SC, 24 June.
Zimbabwe 268 (49.5 overs: Sikandar Raza 68, Ryan Burl 50, Craig Ervine 47, Joylord Gumbie 26, Sean Williams 23; Keemo Paul 3-61, Alzarri Joseph 2-42, Akeal Hosain 2-45, )
West Indies 233 (44.4 overs: Kyle Mayers 56, Rostan Chase 44, Nicholas Pooran 34, Shai Hope 30, Brandon King 20; Tendai Chatara 3-52, Richard Ngarava 2-25, Blessing Muzarabani 2-33, Sikandar Raza 2-36)
Ryan Burl added 81 in partnership with Sikandar Raza. (ICC/Getty Images)
Sikandar Raza was dropped on 1 and added eighty with Ryan Burl - not the only drop by the Windies this morning, Alzari Joseph having 3 straightforward chances put down off his bowling. Costly misses - how costly, we had to wait to discover. But in the end it proved to have cost them the game!
Group B: Sri Lanka beat Oman by 10 wickets.
Queens, Bulawayo, 23 June.
Oman 98 (30.2 overs; Ayaan Khan 41; W Hasaranga 5-13, L Kumara 3-22)
Sri Lanka 100-0 (15 overs; D Karunaratne 61*, P Nissanka 37*)
Wanindu Hasaranga took 5-13 in the game. (ICC/Getty Images)
Group B: Scotland beat UAE by 111 runs.
Bulawayo AC, 23 June.
Scotland 282-8 (50 overs; R Berrington 127, M Watt 44*, M Leask 41; Junaid Siddique 3-49, Ali Naseer 2-37)
UAE 171 (35.3 overs; Muhammad Waseem 36, Basil Hameed 30; S Sharif 4-20, C Sole 3-31)
Scotland's centurion Richie Berrington (ICC/Getty Images)
Group A: West Indies beat Nepal by 101 runs.
Harare SC, 22 June.
West Indies 339-7 (50 overs; S Hope 132, N Pooran 115, B King 32, R Powell 29; L Rajbanshi 3-52)
Nepal 238 (49.4 overs; Aarif Sheikh 63, G Jha 42, R Paudel 30, Aasif Sheikh 28, Karan KC 28; J Holder 3-34, A Joseph 2-45, K Paul 2-63, A Hosein 2-49)
Windies skipper Shai Hope scored 132 in the match (ICC/Getty Images)
Group A: Netherlands beat USA by 5 wickets.
Takashinga, Harare, 22 June.
USA 211-8 (50 overs; S Jahangir 71, J Singh 38, G Singh 33; R Klein 2-31, B de Leede 2-37)
Netherlands 214-5 (43.2 overs; S Edwards 67*, T Nidamanuru 58, W Barresi 29, M O'Dowd 26; J Singh 2-35)
Teja Nidamanuru scored 58 adding 72 in a partnership with Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards. (ICC/Getty Images)
Group B: Oman beat UAE by 5 wickets
Bulawayo AC, 21 June.
UAE 227/8 (50 overs: Aayan Khan 58*, Vriitya Aravind 49, Rameez Shazad 38, Asif Khan 27; Jay Odedra 3-31, Bilal Khan 2-46, Fayyaz Butt 2-49)
Oman 228/5 (46 overs: Aqib Ilyas 53, Shoaib Khan 52, Mohammad Nadeem 50*, Ayaan Khan 41; Rohan Mustafa 2-31, Junaid Siddique 2-31)
Rohan Mustafa celebrates the wicket of Zeeshan Maqsood (ICC/Getty Images)
Group B: Ireland lost to Scotland by 1 wicket.
Queens, Bulawayo, 21 June.
Ireland 286/8 (50 overs: Curtis Campher 120, George Dockrell 69, Andy McBrine 32 ; Brandon McMullan 5-34)
Scotland 289/9 (50 overs: Michael Leask 91*, Chris McBride 56, Mark Watt 47, Chris Greaves 20; Mark Adair 3-57, George Dockrell 2-34, Josh Little 2-73)
Michael Leask sweeps on his way to a match winning 91. (ICC/Getty Images)
A dream start for the Scots with Brandon McMullan having Paul Stirling caught at slip chasing a wide and then trapping Andy Balbirnie lbw first ball. Dockrell and Campher retrieved the situation with a partnership of 134 before McMullan returned to 'york' Dockrell who paid the price for showing all his stumps. Campher back into the side today and scores a century - good selection! Two wickets apiece for Mark Adair and Josh Little have Ireland on course for a much needed win Scotland staging a late rally with Michael Leask and Mark Watt sharing a half century stand. Still, a tall ask with the required rate 11 an over. Missed stumping in 44th over as Leask gets a life, but Tucker redeems himself as he gets Mark Watt off a wide in the 46th over. Much needed for Ireland. Leask still there to offer hope for Scotland. He has his half century and they need 44 from 4 overs. Could that be decisive? Josh Little returns and his over goes for 22 - Leask getting 21 of them. Two overs to go. 16 needed. Going right to the wire. Last over coming up. 8 needed. Misfield allows boundary off first, followed by a single. Adair strikes with the third ball. Three needed off 3 balls. Last pair at the wicket. Misses short ball. 3 off 2 balls. They scramble a bye. Last ball. 2 needed. Leask on strike. He wins it. Inside edge evades Tucker. Incredible really having been 152 for 7 in the chase.
Group A: Nepal beat USA by 6 wickets
Takashinga, Harare, 20 June.
USA 207 (49 overs; S Jahangir 100*, S Modani 42, G Singh 26; Karan KC 4-33, G Jha 3-52)
Nepal 211-4 (43 overs; B Sharki 77*, K Bhurtel 39, DS Airee 39*)
Bhim Sharki who top scored with 77 in Nepal's win. (ICC)
Karan KC's early four-wicket burst put Nepal on top although the USA recovered somewhat thanks to a century from Jahangir. The total though proved woefully inadequate as Nepal cruised to the 6-wicket win.
Group A: Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by 6 wickets.
Harare SC, 20 June.
Netherlands 315-6 (50 overs; V Singh 88, S Edwards 83, M O'Dowd 59, S Zulfiqar 34*; Sikander Raza 4-55, R Ngarava 2-40)
Zimbabwe 319-4 (40.5 overs; Sikander Raza 102*, S Williams 91, C Ervine 50, J Gumbie 40; S Ahmed 2-62)
Sikandar Raza celebrates hitting a 6 to complete the win and his century. (ICC)
Sikander Raza's century came off 54 balls and included 8 sixes and 6 fours.; his second fifty came from just 18 balls. Earlier he had taken four wickets in the Dutch innings.
Group B: Sri Lanka beat UAE by 175 runs
Queens, Bulawayo, 19 June.
Sri Lanka 355/6 (50 overs; Kusal Mendis 78, Sadeera Samarawickrama 73; Ali Naseer 2/44)
UAE 180 (39 overs; Muhammad Waseem 39, Vriitya Aravind 39; Wanindu Hasaranga 6/24)
Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka makes his way off after taking 6-24 (ICC/Getty Images)
Group B: Ireland lost to Oman by 5 wickets
BAC, Bulawayo, 19 June.
Ireland 281/7 (50 overs; George Dockrell 91*, Harry Tector 52, Lorcan Tucker 26, Bilal Khan 2-64, Fayyaz Butt 2-65)
Oman 285/5 (48.1 overs; Kashyap Prajapati 72, Zeeshan Maqsood 59, Aqib Ilyas 52, Mohammed Nadeem 46*, Ayaan Khan 21; Mark Adair 2-47, Josh Little 2-47)
George Dockrell's unbeaten 91 was in vain (ICC/Getty Images)
A fine opening stand of 51 between Paul Stirling and Andy McBrine ended in the 9th over with the end of Stirling, who pulled to deep square.. And one brings two as McBrine departs next ball as he tamely hits long hop to mid-off.. Andy Balbirnie the next to go as his poor form continues. Lorcan Tucker employs the sweep to good effect as he races to 26, but is bowled to peg Ireland back. Harry Tector and George Dockrell rebuilt the innings with a 5th wicket stand of 79 before Tector fell just after reaching his half century. Dockrell also has passed 50, while Gareth Delany (20) and Mark Adair (15) perish in the chase for late runs. Ireland finish on 281 for 7 with Dockrell's unbeaten 91 from 89 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) an excellent effort. It should be enough but will it? Oman going well in the chase. Two wickets apiece for Mark Adair and Josh Little but Oman sealed the win with four of their batters making half centuries. A horrible loss for Ireland who now have little margin for error in their remaining three group games against Scotland, Sri Lanka and UAE.
Group A: Zimbabwe beat Nepal by 8 wickets
Harare SC, 18 June.
Nepal 290/8 (50 overs; Kushal Bhurtel 99, Aasif Sheikh 66, Kaushal Malla 41, Rohit Paudel 31; Richard Ngarava 4-43, Wellington Mazakadza 2-42)
Zimbabwe 291/2 (44.1 overs; Craig Ervine 121*, Sean Williams 102*, Wessly Madhevere 32, Joylord Gumbie 25)
Kushal Bhurtel is bowled for 99 (ICC/Getty Images)
Group A: West Indies beat USA by 39 runs
Takashinga, Harare, 18 June.
West Indies 297 (49.3 overs; Johnson Charles 66, Jason Holder 56, Roston Chase 55, Shai Hope 54, Nicolas Pooran 43 ; Steven Taylor 3-53, Saurabh Netravalkar 3-53, Kyle Phillip 3-56)
USA 258/7 (43 overs; Gajanand Singh 101*, Shayan Jahangir 39, Nosthush Kenjige 34*, Aaron Jones 23; Kyle Mayers 2-30, Alzarri Joseph 2-68)
Gajanand Singh of USA celebrates his century. (ICC/Getty Images)
Warmup: Ireland beat USA by 5 wickets
BAC Bulawayo, 13 June.
USA 312/6 (50 overs: Aaron Jones 89, Monak Patel 77, Saiteja Mukkamalla 44*, Sushant Modani 43, Steven Taylor 28; Ben White 2-56, Graham Hume 1-26, Josh Little 1-33, Andy McBrine 1-49, Barry McCarthy 1-69)
Ireland 314/5 (44.5 overs: Harry Tector 148*, Lorcan Tucker 68, Paul Stirling 55, Curtis Campher 21)
Ireland won the Toss and opted to field first in this 15-a-side (11 batting, 11 bowling) warmup game. All the USA batters got a start and with Patel and Jones adding 125 in their third wicket partnership USA would have been pleased with a total over 300 which would pose a proper challenge for the Irish batting lineup. But there was a disastrous start to the reply with Stirling's 'new' opening partner Andy McBrine out in the first over with Andy Balbirnie following last ball of the second. Why McBrine? Could it be a left hand, right hand experiment, perhaps we'll hear something after the game? Normal service resumed as Stirling and Tector added 87 before Stirling completed his half-century and was out in the same over. Tector and Tucker added 122, with Tector completing his century in 98 balls (6x4, 4x6). Just a shade over four an over was required for the last ten overs and that wasn't a problem for Ireland as Tector put his foot down and wrapped up the win with over five overs to spare. Another great knock from the ICC ODI Player of the Month - his 148* came off 122 balls and included 10x4s & 7x6s)
Warmup: Ireland lost to the Netherlands by 2 wickets
Queens, Bulawayo, 15 June.
Ireland 193 (39.2 overs: Lorcan Tucker 74, Gareth Delany 46, Graham Hume 30; Logan van Beek 2-23, Aryan Dutt 2-27, Clayton Floyd 2-36, Shariz Ahmed 2-45)
Netherlands 196/8 (37.3 overs: Wesley Barresi 89, Max O'Dowd 35, Shariz Ahmad 30; Ben White 5-62)
A case of Déjà Vu as Ireland lost both openers inside the first three overs, and worse when Tuesday's centurion Harry Tector joined them soon after. Balbirnie and Tucker doubled the score, such as it was, before Vikram Singh claimed the wicket of Balbirnie and Shariz Ahmad took the wicket of Dockrell in his first over. Gareth Delany and Lorcan Tucker staged a recovery and late order runs from Graham Hume carried Ireland to a disappointing 193. An impressive performance by the Dutch who are missing 7 county players, including their main 5 fast bowlers. Spin the order of the day from Ireland as Andy McBrine took the new ball and was rewarded with the wicket of Vikram Singh. A four wicket burst from Ben White caused a middle order stumble and offered some hope for Ireland - 6 down and still 70 required, but a half-century partnership between Barresi and Shariz Ahmad ensured the win with time to spare, although both fell with the finishing line in sight. The Irish spinners with all 8 wickets to fall, five for Ben White and one each for Andy McBrine, George Dockrell and Harry Tector, Delany the only one of the five spinners not to take a wicket.. White will have staked a claim for a start against Oman on Monday but the Irish line up seems pretty settled - there have been few signs of change in the thinking for some time now, win or lose.