Uganda lift Division Three title
Six weeks ago, Argentina weren't even in the World Cricket League Division Three tournament. But after being asked to replace the USA due to their boards current organisational mess, they have surprised everyone by reaching the final.
And at one point, it looked like they were about to win the entire thing. Their bowlers reduced Uganda to 79/9 before Frank Nsubuga, and Laurence Sematimba put on 80 for the eight wicket. Some big hitting from Frank Nsubuga, who scored 55 from 38 balls, and Patrick Ochan, who scored 56 from 34 balls, who put on 82 for the ninth wicket with Sematimba as Uganda reached 241/8 from their 50 overs.
In Argentina's reply, they were reduced to 59/4 at which point Donald Forrester and Alejandro Ferguson rebuilt the innings with an 81 run partnership. Both were removed by Frank Nsubuga, who ripped through the remaining Argentinian batsman with 4/27 from his ten overs as Argentina were bowled out for 150, Uganda winning by 91 runs.
Frank Nsubuga won the man of the match award for his fine all-round performance, whilst Argentina's Estaban MacDermott was named player of the tournament for his twelve wickets at 9.42.
Uganda and Argentina will now join Denmark, Namibia, Oman and the UAE in Windhoek towards the end of this year for the Division Two tournament, where the top four will qualify for the World Cup Qualifier in the UAE in 2009. With Oman not playing anywhere near as well as they were in 2004/2005, when they reached the ACC Trophy final and played in the ICC Trophy in Ireland, at least one of them will stand a good chance of being in that top four.
The Cayman Islands and Papua New Guinea will be in Division Three again in 2009. They played today in the 3rd place play-off. Papua New Guinea reached 263/6 from their 50 overs, mainly thanks to an unbeaten 102 from Mahuru Dai. The Caymans batted out their overs, but made 240/9, falling short by 23 runs.
Hong Kong and Tanzania, who will now play in Division Four next year, squared off in the 5th place play-off. Hong Kong scored 242/6, Rahul Sharma top scoring with 85 before bowling Tanzania out for 113.
The other two teams that will now play in Division Four are Italy and Fiji. Thushara Kurukulasuriya scored 51 and took 4/16 for an impressive all-round performance as Italy beat Fiji by six wickets to secure seventh place, completing a terrible tournament for the Fijians, who were amongst the pre-tournament favourites.