Published On: Sat, May 5th, 2018

Despite washout, Malaysia's promotion hopes stay alive

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No result Malaysia 228 for 8 (Sharif 47, Outerbridge 4-46) v Bermuda 55 for 2 (17 overs)
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Malaysia’s slim hopes of securing one of the two berths available to WCL Division Three were kept alive courtesy of a no result when just three more overs were needed for an official result. Bermuda were 55 for 2 in 17 overs chasing a target of 229 when rain stopped play at Royal Selangor Club.

The DLS par-score for two wickets down was 65 after 17 overs and would have been 72 after 20, putting Malaysia in a position to secure their status in Division Four, while Bermuda (and Vanuatu) would’ve been relegated.

Though Malaysia now has a shot at promotion depending on the Uganda-Jersey replay on Sunday, they also now face the prospect of being relegated should Bermuda beat them – and overtake them on net run rate. This would send Malaysia back with Vanuatu to WCL Division Five.

Malaysia’s total was built around a series of starts from the top order, with everyone in the top five making double-digits but no one in the group bettering the 45 made by Ahmed Faiz. Malaysia had looked solid at 100 for 1 but Dion Stovell’s offspin triggered a middle-order collapse that reduced the hosts to 145 for 6 in the 35th.

It took a handy lower order knock from wicketkeeper Shafiq Sharif to take Malaysia past 200 after he top-scored with a 45-ball 47. Sharif teamed with Virandeep Singh in a 79-run partnership that stretched into the final over before the latter was removed by left-arm seamer Cejay Outerbridge. Outerbridge ended with 4 for 46.

Bermuda’s quest to win and overtake Malaysia on net run-rate tiebreaker, in order to avoid relegation, was derailed in the Powerplay when the opening pair of Okera Bascome and Kamau Leverock fell inside the first seven overs. However, they’ll get another crack on Sunday to avoid going down.

The replay has shifted venues from Royal Selangor Club to Kinrara Oval. Kinrara became available due to the Denmark-Vanuatu match reaching a conclusion with Vanuatu winning by five wickets. The event’s technical committee made the decision to switch venues late Saturday night over concerns from tournament officials that the RSC pitch would not be suitable for play on Sunday due to an excessive amount of rain it absorbed that caused Saturday’s match to be halted.



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