Rowman Powell scored his maiden ODI hundred  © Getty Images
Rowman Powell scored his maiden ODI hundred © Getty Images

West Indies vs Ireland

Ireland had a start-stop method to their innings as they faltered in the chase of 258. They were in good stead in the middle with Ed Joyce, Niall O’ Brien and Kevin O’ Brien holding forth.  Joyce ended up making 63, while O’ Brien brothers made 34 and 38 respectively. Kemar Roach first, and Kesrick Williams ripped Ireland’s batting lineup. Both claimed three wickets each that saw their opponents bundle out for 205.

Rovman Powell and Jason Holder steered West Indies’ faltering innings. They once again suffered a dramatic collapse with the likes of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels falling. Powell scored his maiden hundred in 100-balls, while Holder played a sturdy knock of 51 runs. One of Powell’s six managed to break the glass window at the press box. Tim Murtagh’s 4-for helped Ireland keep the West Indies’ batsmen down to 257.

 

Brief Scores

West Indies 257 for 8 (Rovman Powell 101, Jason Holder 54; Tim Mutagh 4 for 41) beat Ireland 205 all out (Ed Joyce 63, Kevin O Brien 38; Kemar Roach 4 for 23 ) by 52 runs.

 Zimbabwe vs Hong Kong

Chasing a stiff target of 264 runs, Hong Kong suffered constant blows early on. Only Anshuman Rath kept his sides’ hopes alive. He found some support in Scott McKechnie and Tanwir Afzal but it was too much for them. Sikandar Raza was once again the star for Zimbabwe with his bowling; picking 3 wickets. Kyle Jarvis and Graeme Cremer picked 2 wickets each as Hong Kong bundled out for 174.

Zimbabwe’s combined batting effort helped them reach 263 in their 50 overs. It was Cephas Zhuwawo (45), Hamilton Masakadza (84) and Brendon Taylor (46) who marshalled their side. For Hong Kong, Ehsan Nawaz picked 4 wickets. Ehsan Khan and Aizaz Khan picked 2 wickets each.

Brief Scores

Zimbabwe 263 for 9 Hamilton Masakadza 84, Brendan Taylor 46; Ehsan Nawaz 4 for 47) beat Hong Kong 174 all out (Anshuman Rath 85, Scott McKechnie 18; Kyle Jarvis 2 for 20) by 89 runs.

Papua New Guinea vs Netherlands

PNG never looked in command chasing 218. It was some excellent bowling from the likes of Roelof van der Merwe and Fred Klaassen. Van der Merwe claimed 4 wickets giving just 46 runs. Assad Vala and Kiplin Doriga gave some hope but were not enough. Vala made 44, while Doriga remained unbeaten 32 as PNG were bundled out for 159, handing Netherlands a 57-run win.

Put in to bat, Netherlands batsmen did not make full use of the opportunity. They had starts but could not carry their momentum into big scores. Scott Edwards and Ben Copper added 57 for the first wicket. Sikander Zulfiqar and Roelof van der Merwe added 56 runs to take their side past 150. Merwe was out for 38, while Zulfiqar scored an unbeaten 53. Norman Vanua starred with the ball, picking 3 for 61.

Mahuru Dai and Charles Amini claimed 2 wickets apiece.

Brief score

Netherlands 217 for 8 (Sikander Zulfiqar 53*, Roelof van der Merwe 38; Alei Nao 2 for 28) beat Papua New Guinea 159 all out (Assad Vala 44, Kiplin Doriga 32; Roelof van der Merwe 4 for 46) by 57 runs.