Top order fire Qatar to victory over Guernsey
September 06 2017 11:25 PM
Qatar players celebrate the wicket of Guernsey’s Matthew Stokes during their ICC World Cricket League Division 5 match. (ICC)

By Sports Reporter/Doha

A strong batting performance from the Qatar top order backed by their slower bowlers saw the Inam-ul-Haq-led team beat Guernsey by three wickets in the ICC World Cricket League Division Five yesterday.
After left-arm orthodox bowler Mohamed Nadeem and leg-break bowler Tamoor Sajjad shared five wickets between them to restrict Guernsey to 231-9 in their allotted 50 overs, half-centuries by captain Inam-ul-Haq (63, 9 fours) and Qalandar Khan (56, 9 fours) set up Qatar’s victory with 2.1 overs to spare.
No.3 batsman Mohamed Tanveer too added valuable 47 (6 fours) before Awais Malik scored the winning runs off a boundary.
Earlier, medium pacer Tanveer was the first to strike after Qatar elected to field. Tanveer had Guernsey opener Matthew Stokes caught behind by Mohamed Rizlan in the sixth over.
Josh Butler (36) then got together with Oliver Newey to stitch together a 50-run partnership before Qatar’s leg-break bowler Sajjad sent back Butler in the 21st over.
Newey showed resilience with the bat scoring 80 before Sajjad caught him off his own bowling.
Ben Ferbrache (34), Tom Nightingale (31) and Jason Martin (21) were the others in the Guernsey line-up to get into double figures and help put up 231 runs on the board for the loss of nine wickets.
Qatar, who are second in Group A with two wins and a loss, the latter against unbeaten table-toppers Italy, will face Jersey, who topped Group B with a 108-run win over Ghana yesterday, today.
Italy too posted a big 122-run victory over Cayman Islands yesterday. 
A 115-ball 139 by Patrick Matautaava saw Vanuatu beat Germany by four wickets in the other match of the day.

BRIEF SCORES: Guernsey 231 for 9 (O. Newey 80; M. Nadeem 3-49, T. Sajjad 2-33) lost to Qatar (Inam-ul-Haq 63, Q. Khan 56, M. Tanveer 47; O. Newey 2-38, D Hooper 2-38, M. Ellis 2-40) by three wickets

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