|Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier, UAE 2012|
Whilst the top six teams fight it out for the two available places in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this year, the remaining ten teams had the matter of their final ranking in the tournament to play off for.
Despite Kenya's decline, their defeat to Nepal in the seventh place play-off semi-final at the global cricket academy in Dubai, will still go down as something of an upset. Kenyan captain Collins Obuya won the toss and chose to bat first, and it was he who was the top scorer for Kenyan with 52 from 42 balls, whilst Basanta Regmi was the pick of the Nepali bowlers with 3-23.
Nepal's reply started with an opening partnership of 64, which ended when Anil Mandal was dismissed for 32. His opening partner Pradeep Airee stayed in to score 45, and Nepal managed to keep up with the required rate. It was eventually Paras Khadka who hit the winning runs, bringing up the five wicket win with two balls to spare.
Nepal's opponents in the seventh place play-off will be Papua New Guinea, who defeated Italy in a low scoring encounter next door at the global cricket academy secondary oval. PNG batted first and scored 118-9, Tony Ura top scoring with 37. Damien Crowley bowled well for Italy, taking 4-18.
Italy's reply saw Michael Di Venuto and Gareth Berg dismissed with just 17 on the board, and they never really recovered from that. Hitolo Areni bowled superbly, taking 3-9 from his four overs to help restrict Italy to 106-7 from their 20 overs, giving PNG a 15 run win.
In the eleventh place play-off semi-finals, Hong Kong beat Uganda by five wickets thanks to another good score from Irfan Ahmed, who scored 55, whilst the USA easily beat Bermuda by 34 runs after scoring 193-5 in their 20 overs, and despite a good innings of 73 from Lionel Cann.
In the fifteenth place play-off, Oman finally won their first game, in the process ensuring that Denmark would take home the wooden spoon. Oman scored 155-5 in their 20 overs before restricting the Danes to 138-6, winning by 17 runs.