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Hosts Malaysia made it two from two after they defeated Vanuatu by 23 runs at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpar on day two of the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 last evening. Ahmed Faiz’s innings of 86 runs from 101 balls including 13 fours was the foundation for a defendable total for Malaysia.

Shafiq Sharif (27) and Muhammad Syahadat (21) also chipped in with valuable runs to get the total to 196 all out in 43.5 overs. Vanuatu’s Apollinaire Stephen (2-31), Jelany Chilia (2-48), Nalin Nipiko (2-33) and Andrew Mansale (2-13) worked well together as a bowling unit, taking two wickets apiece.

Vanuatu’s chase centered on Shane Deitz (46, 72b, 3×4) and captain Andrew Mansale (26, 57b, 1×4, 1×6). Joshua Rasu (24, 47b, 4×4) also chipped in with important runs, but it was not enough as the disciplined Malaysian bowling unit took wickets at important intervals.

Muhamad Syahadat (2/28), Mohammad Shukri (2/39) and Syed Aziz (2/22) led Malaysiato victory by 23 runs. In the day’s other matches, Denmark thrashed Jersey in a rain-affected game by seven wickets (DLS method) at the Royal Selangor Club, while Uganda bounced back to clinch an emphatic 189-run victory over Bermuda at UKM Cricket Oval.

Opting to bat first, Nathaniel Watkins’ 86 runs from 111 balls with eight fours and one six and Ben Stevens’ 69 runs from 95 balls including nine fours and two sixes seemed to have led Jersey to a very competitive total of 238 for six wickets in 50 overs.

Bashir Shah (2-67), Saif Ahmad (2-36) and Anders Bulow (2-30) all took two wickets apiece for the Danes.

In reply, with rain looming the opening 82-run partnership of Freddie Klokker (39) and Zameer Khan (38) put Denmark in a strong position.

With a rain interruption and both wickets falling as the opening pair chased a revised target, and Saif Ali Ahmad (15) also getting out, a tight finish was on the cards, but it was still enough as the Danes chased the target down with seven balls remaining.

Meanwhile, Uganda notched their first win of the tournament after emphatically beating Bermuda by 189 runs. Captain Roger Musaka scored an impressive 97 runs from 135 balls including six fours at the top of the Ugandan order. Hamu Bagenda scored 55 runs from 95 balls, which included two fours, whilst helping the African side post a total of 249 runs for five wickets in 50 overs.

The chase for Bermuda never really got started as a flurry of wickets fell, leaving Bermuda on 21 runs for six wickets after 10.1 overs. Charles Trott top-scored for Bermuda with 17 runs and Dion Stovell (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figures. The outstanding bowling performance was from Mohammed Irfan, who took six wickets from 23 runs to lead Uganda to a 189-run victory.

Earlier, Malaysia beat Uganda by nine runs while Denmark secured an emphatic eight-wicket win over Bermuda on the opening day of the tournament.