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Ruthless England cruise past West Indies
Sports Bulletin Report Dubai (October 23, 2021):-A ruthless bowling performance saw England get their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign off to a perfect start as they defeated the West Indies by six wickets in Dubai. The rematch between the 2016 finalists was eagerly anticipated but proved almost as one-sided as that famous occasion in Kolkata had been dramatic, with the reigning champions subsiding to 55 all out – their second-lowest ever T20I score. Spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were the principal architects of West Indies’ downfall, the latter finishing with England’s best-ever T20I figures of four for two after Moeen had set the tone with two wickets and 18 dot balls in a miserly four-over spell. The returning Tymal Mills, representing England for the first time since February 2017, chipped in with two scalps of his own including key man Chris Gayle, who was the only batter to make it into double figures. Akeal Hosein caused problems for England’s powerful batting line-up in reply, taking two for 24, but the modest nature of the target restricted West Indies’ ability to apply real pressure and Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 24 steered the 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup winners home with more than half their overs remaining. Having opted to bowl upon winning the toss, Morgan opened up with Moeen and the off-spinner was greeted by an early show of intent by Evin Lewis, who lofted the final ball of the first over for what would turn out to be the only six of the innings. The England all-rounder had his revenge in the very next over, sprinting back from mid-off to take a fine catch when Lewis tried to repeat the trick off the bowling of Chris Woakes and found more height than distance. Moeen went on to account for Lendl Simmons, who picked out Liam Livingstone on the deep midwicket boundary, to leave both openers back in the pavilion inside three overs. Consecutive boundaries for Shimron Hetmyer injected some momentum into the innings at the start of the fifth over but Moeen again struck back as the left-hander chipped to Morgan at mid-on. Such a situation called for experienced heads and in Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, both playing in their seventh ICC Men’s T20 World Cups, West Indies appeared to have just the men for the job. But having struck three typically powerful boundaries, Gayle soon miscued a pull off Mills and was well caught by a backpedalling Dawid Malan off the final ball of the powerplay, which concluded with West Indies languishing on 31 for four. The situation only grew more desperate from there with Bravo next to fall, flashing hard at Chris Jordan’s second delivery and succeeding only in finding Jonny Bairstow at backward point. Mills and Jordan kept the pressure firmly applied in the middle overs, the former removing Nicholas Pooran for a single, and the return of spin paid instant dividends as Rashid’s first delivery cleaned up Andre Russell without scoring. Captain Kieron Pollard was his side’s final hope of setting a challenging target but having initially been watchful as wickets fell around him, he took on Rashid at the start of the 13th over and provided Bairstow with a routine catch at long-on. Obed McCoy fell in identical circumstances next ball and though last man Ravi Rampaul survived the hat-trick delivery, a heave in the leg-spinner’s next over saw him clean bowled as the innings was wrapped up with 5.4 overs left unused. West Indies followed England’s lead in opening with a spinner but Buttler was quickly into the groove, driving Hosein through the covers for a boundary to get the chase going. Roy was next to take the attack to the left-armer, clearing the ropes over extra cover, but was soon departing the fray after chipping a Ravi Rampaul slower ball to Gayle on 11. It was Bairstow rather than Malan who walked out at number three and consecutive boundaries took England more than halfway towards their target inside four overs. Then came a slight wobble as Hosein claimed return catches to remove Bairstow and Livingstone, the second of which was a stunning one-handed effort to his left, either side of Moeen being run out following a mix-up. But captain Morgan joined Buttler to see his side over the finish line, the wicketkeeper pulling the winning runs to the mid-wicket boundary from the second ball of the ninth over. Scores in Brief England beat West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai by six wickets West Indies 55 all out in 14.2 overs (Chris Gayle 13, Shimron Hetmyer 9; Adil Rashid 4/2, Moeen Ali 2/17, Tymal Mills 2/17) England 56-4 in 8.2 overs (Jos Buttler 24 not out, Jason Roy 11; Akeal Hosein 2/24, Ravi Rampaul 1/14) Player of the Match: Moeen Ali (England)
Australia kick-off Super 12 stage with nervy win over South Africa
Sports Bulletin Report Abu Dhabi (October 23, 2021)-Australia started the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with a nervy five-wicket victory over South Africa in a low-scoring contest in Abu Dhabi. Having restricted the Proteas to 118 for eight, Australia slipped to 38 for three in reply before Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell’s partnership of 42 set the platform for Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade to see Justin Langer’s side home with two balls to spare. Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc had all picked up two scalps as South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals to leave Australia needing less than six an over at the Zayed Cricket Stadium. Aiden Markram struck a fluent 40 off 36 balls to top score for the Proteas but he ran out of partners as Australia got their campaign off to a winning start. After being put into bat, captain Temba Bavuma got South Africa off to a flyer in the first over by taking Starc for 11 runs, including two lovely fours through the off side. But he was bowled by Maxwell, utilising his handy off-spin early in the powerplay, in the second over for 12. His replacement at the crease, Rassie van der Dussen, soon followed his skipper back to the hutch after making just two when he nicked Hazlewood’s first ball behind to Wade. It went from bad to worse when Quinton de Kock was bowled in bizarre fashion after attempting to flick a Hazlewood delivery on the move, only to see it cannon off his leg and balloon into the air and back onto the stumps. Hazlewood completed his wicket maiden before South Africa stuttered to 29 for three at the end of the powerplay. Markram and Heinrich Klassen looked like they were building the first partnership of note before Pat Cummins had the latter caught off a thick outside edge for a run-a-ball 13. Playing a sole hand, Markram put on 34 for the fifth wicket with David Miller until leg-spinner Adam Zampa rocked South Africa with two wickets in the 14th over. Miller was trapped in front for 16 before Dwaine Pretorious was sharply caught by Wade for just one to leave the Proteas reeling at 82 for six. Things did not improve when Keshav Maharaj was run out by Maxwell after slipping when trying to get off the mark from an overthrow. Markram took his frustration out on the returning Hazlewood, slamming a huge six into the crowd over the leg side, but fell to Cummins when trying to up the ante, with South Africa yet to bring up their 100 with only three overs left. Some valuable late clean striking from Kagiso Rabada, who made 19 off 23 balls, gave his side something to bowl at as South Africa finished on 118 for nine. Rabada and Anrich Nortje came charging in at the start of Australia’s chase and the two combined to remove Aaron Finch for a duck in the second over, Rabada clinging on at third man after the Australian skipper slashed hard at a wide one. David Warner appeared to get things back on track with a couple of boundaries until he was well-caught by Heinrich Klaasen at point as Bavuma’s decision to keep Rabada on for three straight overs paid dividends. Australia finished the powerplay on 28 for two, one run short of where South Africa were at the same stage but with an extra wicket in hand. That advantage soon went when Keshav Maharaj had Mitchell Marsh caught at deep midwicket for 11 in the eighth over. Steve Smith and Maxwell put together a partnership of 42 as they safely navigated the middle overs without much alarm until a super diving catch from Markram off Nortje gave South Africa a sniff. Smith departed for 35 off 34, annoyed not to take his side home but having left them well-placed, needing 37 from 31 balls. But Maxwell followed just three balls later for 18 when he was castled by MRF Tyres ICC World No.1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi attempting a big reverse slog sweep. Markram nearly clinched another spectacular grab, but Wade’s shot off Rabada did not carry and crucially slipped through him for four. Wade’s improvisation brought him a second consecutive boundary before Marcus Stoinis saw Australia over the line when needing 18 from the final two overs. finishing with 24 from 16 balls as the pair put on a match-winning stand of 40 from the last 26 balls. Scores in Brief Australia beat South Africa at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi by five wickets South Africa 118/9 in 20 overs (Aiden Markram 40, Kagiso Rabada 19 not out; Josh Hazlewood 2/19, Adam Zampa 2/21)  Australia 121/5 in 19.4 overs (Steve Smith 35, Marcus Stoinis 24 not out; Anrich Nortje 2/21, Tabraiz Shamsi 1/22) Player of the Match: Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka qualify for T20 World Cup 2022
Aamir Ali Janjua Dubai (October 23, 2021):-Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka have confirmed their place at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 to be held in Australia, after the four teams progressed to the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the UAE. Namibia, the story of Round 1 have qualified for the Super 12s in their first ever T20 World Cup and will now return for the Australia event in 12 months time. They are joined by Bangladesh, Scotland and Sri Lanka confirming 12 out of the 16 spots for the World Cup. Afghanistan, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies and hosts Australia, had already qualified for the 2022 showpiece, gaining direct entry to the Super 12 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 by virtue of being inside the top eight on the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20 International Rankings at the cut-off prior to the postponed 2020 event. The four remaining spots will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway taking place across the five regions, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022.   ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We have already seen some incredibly competitive cricket in round one of the Men’s T20 World Cup culminating in Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka taking their positions in the Super 12s and therefore qualifying for Australia 2022. “Namibia and Scotland in particular have provided us with some great stories over the past two weeks reinforcing T20 cricket as the global growth vehicle of the sport. We look forward to seeing which four teams will secure the remaining spots for Australia 2022 through the two global qualifiers next year.” For the 12 automatic qualifiers there is still plenty to play for in this tournament in terms of Australia 2022. Teams can secure their spot in the Australia 2022 Super 12s, by finishing as either winner or runner up of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 or as one of the next six highest ranked teams (as of November 15, 2021).

T10 Cricket23 Oct 2021

Abu Dhabi T10 confirms news portal as Presenting Partner
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Abu Dhabi, UAE (October 23, 2021):- The Sky247, a fast-growing sports news portal has come on board with the Abu Dhabi T10 as the presenting partner for the fifth season of the tournament. The partnership will certainly ensure that the Abu Dhabi T10 reaches an even wider fan base around the world. The Abu Dhabi T10, powered by Wolf777 News, has come to be known as one of the most exciting tournaments in the globe, catching the imagination of cricket fans around the world, especially the Indian subcontinent which accounts for the largest share of the tournament's viewership on television and digital platforms. A host of cricketing stars which include Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Chris Gayle, Yusuf Pathan, Nicholas Pooran, Shahid Afridi and Liam Livingstone among others are all set to take the UAE capital by storm in the fifth season of the Abu Dhabi T10, which will be held at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 19 November - 4 December 2021. Speaking about the association with Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management said, “We are ecstatic to partner with news portal for another Abu Dhabi T10 season. It's a huge pleasure for us to have as the presenting partner for the fifth season of the Abu Dhabi T10. Our association with will certainly help us to take the high-octane Abu Dhabi T10 to as many cricket fans as possible around the world." João Coimbra, Marketing Manager, said, “The Abu Dhabi T10 has grown in stature with every season and therefore we are absolutely delighted to partner with the tournament once again. Sky247, as an Indian brand, is excited to see the interest in cricket in the UAE rising manifold in the last few years and we certainly want to be in the thick of things by associating with exciting and entertaining tournaments such as the Abu Dhabi T10. We look forward to a long and fruitful association with the Abu Dhabi T10 and a fantastic fifth season later this year."

Chess22 Oct 2021

A series of chess events start next month in Islamabad: Malik Ameen
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (October 21, 2021):-Secretary, Islamabad Chess Association (ICA), Malik Mohammad Ameen has revealed on Thursday that chess association of capital city would start a series of chess fixtures at universities level aiming to give an occasion to budding chess players and to select the young talented guys from grass root level and It would be started from International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) next month. During a special meeting with  correspondent, national chess player, Malik Ameen further said that he had a meeting with the IIUI administration. “All things have been settled and we will organize the event in well benefitted manners in collaboration with Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP). After this, a series of chess competitions will kick off in the different universities of twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad, “he added. To a question, he said that CFP was competent to host the top international chess events in Pakistan, which would be helpful to boost up the soft image of the country all over the world. “It is a fact that we cannot organize any international event without the government's support and cooperation. Chess federation has a good reputation at international level. If the government will support us we will manage the international events on the soil of Pakistan, “he maintained. “For staging an international chess there is no need for big security, as it is an indoor game and all things can be managed safely. At this time, unfortunately, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) is not even ready to recognize CFP and his efforts for the promotion of the game in Pakistan. I will not want to make more comments on this issue because the case is in the Islamabad High Court. We are affiliated with the World and Asian chess organizations, “he said. To another regarding the government support, Malik Ameed said: “The conditions of sports are miserable all over the county and the standard is going down day by day. The performance of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) is also very grim like other government institutes and no one is ready to listen there. We told all the facts to top officials of PSB but we are still waiting for its affiliation. New Director PSB is not well aware about the sports issues, “he lamented. Responding to another question, Malik divulged that in 80s Landa Bazar was the hub of the chess players in Rawalpindi. Everyone was enjoying the game at a local hotel after closing their daily business. “It is said that chess was the game of kings but it has become the game of the common man too. People are keen to play chess under the banner of any organization. Politics hurt the chess brutally, as we were running the chess very well and smoothly but some unknown people established another parallel body. We organized a lot of tournaments and provided opportunities to budding players to excel at national and level, “he concluded.      
Sri Lanka stun Netherland by eight wickets win
Reports: ABDULLAH ASJAD Islamabad (October 22, 2021):-Sri Lanka beat Netherlands by 8 wickets in the ICC Man’s T20 World Cup 2021 at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium Oman on Friday night. Lankan Captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and asked opposition into bat firs. Netherlands scored only 44 runs in 10 overs and threw all their 10 wickets in 20 over game. Colin Ackermann scored 11 while Lankan bowler Lahiru Kumara took 3 wickets for 7 runs. Wanindu Hasaranga picked up 3 wickets while Maheesh Theekshana took2 wickets for3 runs. In replay, Sri Lanka chased minor 44 target in 7.1 overs .They have 8 wickets in hand. Opener  Kusal  perera  scored 33 runs not out in 24 deliveries. Brandon Glover and Paul Van Meekeren got 1 wicket each .Sri Lankan bowler Lahiru Kumara got man of the match award for great bowling. Scores in Brief Sri Lanka beat Netherlands at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah by eight wickets Netherlands 44 all out in 10 overs (Colin Ackermann 11; Lahiru Kumara 3/7, Wanindu Hasaranga 3/9, Maheesh Theekshana 2/3)   Sri Lanka 45/2 in 7.1 overs (Kusal Perera 33 not out; Brandon Glover 1/12, Paul Van Meekeren 1/20) Player of the Match: Lahiru Kumara (Sri Lanka)    
Qatar set to host ICC qualifying for ICC T20 World Cup 2022
Aamir Ali Janjua Dubai (October 22, 2021):-The qualifying for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia is set to continue in Doha with five teams set to compete in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia A Qualifier supported by Dream 11. Hosts Qatar are joined by Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives and Saudi Arabia with one place in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier up for grabs. It’s the first time an ICC event has been staged in Qatar, with the matches to be hosted at the Asian Town Cricket Stadium. Qatar (21) enter the event as the highest ranked on the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, with Kuwait (27), Saudi Arabia (28), Bahrain (43) and Maldives (74) all aiming to qualify for the T20 World Cup for the first time. The event will also complete the Asia regional finals with Nepal, Singapore, UAE, Hong Kong and The Philippines already through to the Global Qualifier. Qatar captain, Iqbal Hussain Chaudhry, said: “It’s a great feeling, we are all pumped up and working hard for the event. We know it’s a big tournament and we’ve been through this stage before. The last time we played Asia qualifiers we beat higher ranked teams but one mishap and we didn’t make it into the Global Qualifiers. We are glad that we are hosting a major ICC tournament in Qatar, which is the path to Australia 2022 and we will put up a good show for our nation and cricket lovers over the globe.” Bahrain captain, Anasim Khan? said: “The ICC Mens T20 World Cup Asia is a big opportunity for Bahrain and all teams to play at the top level. It will be a dream come true to play in Australia next?year. It is a once in a life-time opportunity to earn a place in a historic World Cup qualifying round. We are a team which can bring surprises.” Saudi Arabia captain, Abdul Waheed said: “It is an absolute honour to represent Saudi Arabia in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia A Qualifier. To play in a World Cup is a dream of every cricketer, however we are focused on the forthcoming tournament. We have come a long way in recent years and to realise our dreams we need to take one step at a time and keep moving. We know that it will be an intense competition as other participating teams are good. Nevertheless, we have prepared well and the boys are excited to give their best.” Kuwait captain, Mohammed Nawaf Mohammed Aslam said: “It feels absolutely brilliant to be captaining the Kuwait side on such a big stage and to play competitive cricket with neighbouring countries, who are all fighting for that one prestigious and most valuable spot. We know its a tough road ahead but we are preparing hard for that. We have to win all the matches and tournaments we participate in under the ICC in order to come up the rankings and achieve the goal of being in the top 15 teams in the world.” Maldives captain, Mohamed Mahfooz said: “I am very excited and eager to show the cricketing community the talent of Maldivian cricketers. I believe this small nation is ready to upset the big teams in this competition. We did what we could control to prepare. We had online fitness sessions and once restrictions eased we started outdoor fitness sessions and indoors practices. We kept the players minds always in the game until we were able to get back on the ground.” Qatar Cricket Association President Yousef Jeham Al Kuwari expressed his thrills for getting a chance to showcase his country’s hosting capabilities. He commented while welcoming the participating teams and officials: “Qatar has established itself as the sporting capital due to its high standards in staging events. We are delighted that we will host the Asia Group A Qualifiers for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from October 23 to 29. “The QCA feels grateful to the International Cricket Council for granting this event to Qatar. We welcome all the contesting teams and ICC officials. This is the first international cricket tournament here after the Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt. “We assure the ICC that we’ll live up to our reputation of being a world-class host. We wish good luck to all the teams. We hope that all the teams are keen to get back to the field and will produce high-voltage action in a bid to qualify for the global qualifying stage,” Al Kuwari added.” FIXTURES 23 October 2021- Qatar vs Bahrain (09h00); Maldives vs Saudi Arabia (13h10) 24 October 2021 - Bahrain vs Kuwait (09h00); Qatar vs Maldives (13h10) 25 October 2021 - Kuwait vs Saudi Arabia (09h00); 27 October 2021 - Bahrain vs Maldives (09h00); Qatar vs Saudi Arabia (13h10) 28 October 2021 - Maldives vs Kuwait (09h00); Saudi Arabia vs Bahrain (13h10) 29 October 2021-  Kuwait vs Qatar (13h10)  
 Namibia qualify for top 12 stage with a big win
Report: - ABDULLAH ASJAD Islamabad (October 22, 2021):-Namibia qualified for next round after defeating Ireland by 8 wickets in the ICC Men’s T20 world cup 2021 on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium United Arabs Emirates (UAE). According to information, Ireland ousted from the world cup. Irelands skipper Andy Balbirnie won the toss and decided to bat first and set minor 125 total on score board for 8. Ireland’s right handed opener Paul Stiriling played 38 runs innings. He hit 5 fours and 1 six while other opener Kevin O Brine played bit slow and added only 25 runs after wasting 24 deliveries. Namibia’s pacer Jan Frylinck bowled brightly and sent out 3 batters in to the pavilion in his four overs. All rounder David Wiese took 2 wickets and conceded22 runs while Bernard Scholtz picked up a single wicket. In reply, Namibia chase 126 runs target in 18 overs and they have 8 wickets in hand. Namibian skipper Gerhard Erasmus played sparkling innings and scored53 runs in only 49 balls and creaked 3 fours and solitary six. All rounder David Wiese scored 28 runs in just 14 balls and knocked 2 sixes and single four while Wicket keeper batter Zane Green made 24 runs after wasting 32 balls. Ireland pacer Curtis Champher took 2 wickets for 14 in 3 overs.  All rounder David Wiese got man of the match for blasting performers. Summarized scorecard: Ireland Batting:-Paul Stirling(38 runs in24 balls)5 fours1 six, Kevin O'Brien(25 runs in24 balls)2fours, Andy Balbirnie(21 runs in 28 balls)2 fours Namibia Bowling:- Jan Frylinck 3 for 21, David Wiese 2 for 22, Bernard Scholtz1 for25 Namibia Batting:- Gerhard Erasmus(53 runs in 49 balls)3 fours1 six, David Wiese(28 runs in 14 balls)2 six1 four Ireland Bowling:- Curtis Campher 2 for 14 in 3 overs Toss: Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first Result: Namibia won by8 wickets Man of the match: David Weise  

Blind Cricket22 Oct 2021

Bilal Satti becomes president ICCB
Sports Reporter ISLAMABAD (October 22, 2021):-Bilal Satti became the president of Islamabad Cricket Club for Blind (ICCB), as the elections of the seven members executive committee held in Islamabad at the Auditorium of Youth Hostel Islamabad. According t press release of ICCB, five members were elected unopposed. Bilal Satti President , Naveed Hussain Abbasi General Secretary, Tahir Butt Treasurer and Taimoor Imran Ali Khan as PRO while Tanveer Ahmed was elected as Vice President with a convincing margin of 21votes against Mohammad Javed's 13 votes.  Two executive Members Anis Javed and Mohammad Awais were also elected after voting. This Executive Committee of Islamabad Cricket Club of the Blind is elected for a period of next three years 2021-2024.
Scotland secure historic qualification by topping Group B
Sports Bulletin Report Oman (October 21, 2021):-Kyle Coetzer produced a captain’s knock to steer Scotland to an eight-wicket win over Oman and book a place in the Super 12s at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Scotland went into the clash with the hosts knowing that defeat could spell the end of the tournament, but this was a complete performance as the Scots clinched top spot in Group B with a third win out of three – a historic achievement for the side. That earns Scotland a place in Group 2 in the Super 12, alongside the likes of India, Pakistan and New Zealand, while Bangladesh end up as runners-up in Group B and head to Group 1 as a result. For Oman, there was to be no fairy tale at the Al Amerat Stadium, Jatinder Singh’s run-out off the second ball a sign of what was to follow. A total of 122 always felt a little short, and so it proved. Coetzer had not yet fired for Scotland at this World Cup, but his 41 made it a comfortable chase, and even after he departed, Matt Cross and Richie Berrington did the rest. Oman were always going to need a good start, with Jatinder their star batter in the first two matches, and when he was run out after a complete misunderstanding on the second ball, it left the rest of the team with an uphill battle. Kashyap Prajapati followed soon after for three, but Aqib Ilyas started to find his groove, hitting three fours and two sixes in a brisk 37. Oman needed him to kick on though, instead he picked out George Munsey on the boundary off the bowling of Michael Leask. Mohammad Nadeem looked good in hammering Mark Watt for six over long on, but he was caught at short extra cover by Berrington off the very next ball for 25. That left all the responsibility to skipper Zeeshan Maqsood, given one reprieve when he was caught of a full toss from Chris Greaves that was above waist height. He went on to make 34 before departing in the final over, but the wickets continued to tumble at the other end, and the total of 122 all out was not enough. That became clear as Coetzer took an attacking approach to his innings, complemented by the free-scoring Munsey at the other end. Munsey was caught by opposite number Jatinder after making 20, but Coetzer pushed on with three maximums to settle any nerves. Khawar Ali finally found a way through Coetzer’s defences, but it was too little, too late, as Cross and Berrington got the team over the line comfortably with the latter smashing one last six to seal the win in emphatic fashion. Scores in brief  Scotland beat Oman, at Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman by eight wickets Oman 122 all out in 20 overs (Aqib Ilyas 37, Zeeshan Maqsood 34; Josh Davey 3/25, Michael Leask 2/13) Scotland 123/2 in 17 overs (Kyle Coetzer 41; Richie Berrington 31 not out; Fayyaz Butt 1/26; Khawar Ali 1/27) Player of the Match: Josh Davey (Scotland)