Namibia qualifies for World Cricket League finals

WINDHOEK: The Namibian national cricket have advanced their stay in the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 tournament by qualifying for the finals.

The “Eagles” booked their place in Saturday’s finals against the Netherlands after beating Canada by eight wickets and 57 balls remaining on Friday.

Canada scored 224 runs in their 50 overs, while Namibia scored 225 runs in 40 overs and only lost two wickets.

Namibia only lost once – to Nepal on Wednesday by three wickets with 73 balls remaining.

The Namibians could only score 142 runs, losing all their wickets in 49 overs, while Nepal scored 146 runs, losing seven wickets in 37 overs in that match.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands beat Uganda by seven wickets and 261 balls remaining.

Uganda could only score 79 runs, losing all their wickets in 23 overs, while the Netherlands scored 80 runs, losing three wickets in six overs.

Nepal lost to Kenya by five wickets, with 57 balls remaining.

The top two teams will be promoted to WCL Division 1, where they will join Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

The top two teams will further receive a financial boost for their efforts, and will also be allowed to participate in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC World League Championships which will run from 2015 to 2017.