Paul Stirling © Getty Images
Paul Stirling © Getty Images

Ireland vs United Arab Emirates 

In the Match 18 of Group A of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018, Paul Stirling led Ireland‘s total to 313 in 44 overs against UAE. In his innings of 126, Stirling hit 15 fours and 5 sixes. He along with William Poterfield (92) added 205 runs to the opening wicket. Kevin O’Brian scored quick 50 runs off 26 balls helping Ireland post a huge total. Mohammad Naveed picked up 3 wickets but also was the most expensive of all bowlers.

UAE never looked in the game as they were losing wickets at regular intervals. Their innings was soon winded up for mere 91. The highest score in the innings was under 20 with Ghulam Shabber scoring 19. Boyd Ranking took 4 for 15 in his 6 overs winning it for Ireland under 30 overs.

Brief Scores

Ireland 313 in 44 overs (Paul Stirling 126, WIlliam Poterfield 92; Mohammad Naveed 3 for 84) beat UAE 91 all-out (Ghulam Shabber 19; Boyd Ranking 4 for 15, Simi Sing 3 for 15) by 226 runs.

West Indies vs Netherlands 

West Indies posted  a mammoth total of 309 in a rain curtailed match of 48 overs against Netherlands. Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis gave a good start to the innings with opening partnership of 85 runs. Lewis (84) was heading for a century but fell in the 28th over to Peter Borren. Previous match centurion Rovman Powell added 52 quick runs to the total at the end of the innings.

Netherlands were fighting hard to secure their spot in the Super Sixes. They were 142 for 2 at one stage but lost the next 4 wickets for 25 runs. Ryan ten Doeschate  and Wesley Barresi were the top scorer for Netherlands with 67 and 64 runs respectively. Three of Six Netherlands batsmen were run out as West Indies won the match by 54 runs (D/L method)

Brief Score

West Indies 309 for 6 in 48 overs (Evin Lewis 84, Marlon Samuels 73*; PA van Meekeren 2 for 37) beat Netherlands 167 for 6 in 28.4 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 67, Wesley Barresi 64; Ashley Nurse 1 for 25) by 54 runs (D/L method)

Zimbabwe vs Scotland

In the Match 20 of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018, table topper Zimbabwe elected to bat first against Scotland. Zimbabwe managed to post a total of 210 as they were all-out in the 47th over. Criag Ervine and Brendan Taylor were top scorer for the host with 57 and 44 runs respectively. It was Safyaan Sharif for Scotland who took a destroyed Zimbabwe’s batting lineup with fifer.

In reply, Scotland scored the exact same runs as the match ended up in a tie. Richie Berrington was the top scorer for Scotland with 47 runs. Michael Leask held his nerve and took the match to the last over when Brad Wheal was caught behind to Blessing Muzarabani. Graeme Cremer took 3 for 23 in his quota of 10 overs.

Brief Scores

Zimbabwe 210 all-out (Craig Ervine 57, Brendan Taylor 44; Safyaan Sharif 5 for 33) tie with Scotland 210 all-out (Richie Berrington 47; Graeme Cremer 3 for 23).