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Namibia beat Oman in ICC World Cricket League Division Two final

Namibia beat Oman in ICC World Cricket League Division Two final

Sports Reporter
Namibia, hosts of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Windhoek won the final and JJ Smit, was named Player of the Tournament on Saturday.
The victory over Oman ensured that the Namibian team along with other three teams in the top four positions received One-Day International status for the first time.
The final match of the tournament also had the historic distinction of being the first men’s one-day international to involve a female umpire.
Claire Polosak, the 31-year-old Australian had previously stood in 15 women’s ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa.
Oman had beaten Namibia by four wickets in their earlier game, thus finishing two points ahead of them at the top of the table.
But Namibia, who had already secured promotion to the new ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 for 2019-2021 along with Oman and the teams who finished third and fourth, United States and Papua New Guinea, had the final say.
With promotion came one-day international status.
The hosts won by 145 runs at Wanderers Cricket Ground in the capital city of Windhoek, with Oman collapsing to 81 all out after 29 overs in response to the Namibian total of 226-7, using all their allotted 50 overs.
Karl Birkenstock top-scored for the hosts with 61, and home bowler Jan Frylinck earned the man-of-the-match award after taking five for 13 in eight overs.
The third-place play-off final saw Papau New Guinea beat the United States by five wickets as they responded to the US total of 164 by reaching 165 for five after 33 overs, with Lega Siaka scoring 62.




Pictures: Courtesy of ICC

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