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UAE win big in 1st round of World Cup qualifying

January 13, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Shaiman Anwar made 109 as top seeds the United Arab Emirates stamped their mark on the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament with a 102-run win over Nepal in Monday’s opening round.

Anwar and Swapnil Patil (74), helped UAE to 297-8 batting first before dismissing Nepal 195 in 48.1 overs with Kamran Shazad taking 3-46.

Second seeds the Netherlands also won impressively, beating Uganda by seven wickets. After a 76-run opening partnership, Uganda was bowled out for 152 as the Netherlands reached their winning target in 30.1 overs with Wesley Barresi making 61 not out.

Hong Kong beat Scotland by 17 runs in the most thrilling match of the opening day, making 263-7 and bowling out Scotland, coached by England’s Paul Collingwood, for 246.

Papua New Guinea upset Kenya by 8 wickets in the opening day’s other match. Collins Obuya made 106 in Kenya’s 249-9 but PNG chased down the total in 42.5 overs with Assad Vala making 105 not out and Lega Siaka 103.

The tournament involves 10 of the International Cricket Council’s associate or affiliate teams, divided into two groups of five. The top three teams from each group progress to a Super Six round and the two finalists qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, joining Ireland, Afghanistan and the ICC’s 10 full members.

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