2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two

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2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two
Dates20–27 April 2019
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International and List A
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) Namibia
Champions Namibia
Runners-up Oman
Participants6
Matches played18
Player of the seriesNamibia JJ Smit
Most runsHong Kong Anshuman Rath (290)
Most wicketsUnited States Ali Khan (17)
2018

The 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two was an international cricket tournament that took place in April 2019 in Namibia.[1] It was contested between six teams; Canada, Hong Kong, Oman, Papua New Guinea, the United States and tournament hosts Namibia.[2] It formed part of the 2017–19 cycle of the World Cricket League (WCL) which determined the qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.[3][4] The final and third-place playoff match were granted One Day International (ODI) status by the International Cricket Council.[5] Namibia won the tournament, after they beat Oman by 145 runs in the final.[6] It was Namibia's first win in an ODI match,[7] and it was the first ever ODI match played by Oman.[8]

Summary[edit]

Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea finished in the bottom two places in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, therefore relegating them to the Division Two tournament and losing their ODI status in the process.[9][10] They were joined by Canada and Namibia, who finished third and fourth respectively in the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament, and Oman and the United States, who won promotion from the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournmant.[11]

Following the conclusion of the tournament, the World Cricket League was replaced by the ICC Cricket World Cup League and the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.[12][13] The top four teams joined Scotland, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates in the 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 and gained ODI status.[12] The bottom two teams progressed to the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League, along with other teams from the World Cricket League.[12]

The United States were the first team to be promoted, after they beat Hong Kong by 84 runs in the fourth round of matches.[5][14] Oman were also promoted in the same round of fixtures, after they beat tournament hosts Namibia by four wickets.[5][15] In the final round of matches, Namibia and Papua New Guinea secured promotion with big wins.[16] Canada won their final match, against the United States, but finished narrowly behind Papua New Guinea on net run rate and were relegated to the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League, along with Hong Kong.[17]

Following the round-robin matches, Canada played Hong Kong in the fifth-place playoff,[18] the United States played Papua New Guinea in the third-place playoff,[19] and hosts Namibia faced Oman in the tournament's final.[20] Claire Polosak was appointed as one of the on-field umpires for the final, becoming the first woman to stand in a men's ODI match.[21]

Teams[edit]

Six teams qualified for the tournament:

Preparation[edit]

The United States took part in a one-week tour to Antigua, playing five matches, starting on 10 February 2019.[26] USA Cricket also looked at arranging warm-up fixtures against Australia and Pakistan,[26] followed by two Twenty20 International (T20I) matches against the United Arab Emirates, and some 50 over matches in the UAE during March 2019.[26] Oman hosted a Twenty20 International (T20I) quadrangular series followed by three List A games against Scotland in February 2019, before taking part in an eight-team T20 tournament in Kenya during March 2019.[27] Canada played practice matches in Sri Lanka and South Africa before naming their final squad.[28]

Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong were both aiming to regain ODI status after losing it at the conclusion of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[29][30] Canada were attempting to regain ODI status that they had lost in 2014, and had recruited the experienced Monty Desai to help guide them back to the top tier of Associate cricket.[31] Hosts Namibia had been regulars in the top divisions of the World Cricket League, but their only previous ODIs were back in 2003, and they had faced a lack of international cricket in the months prior to the tournament in relation to their opponents.[32] The United States were competing in Division Two for the first time, and were a team on the rise following a change in administration.[33] Oman's form had fluctuated since qualifying for the 2016 World T20, the low point coming when they were bowled out for just 24 runs in a List A game against Scotland in February 2019.[34]

Squads[edit]

 Canada[35]
Coach: Monty Desai
 Hong Kong[36]
Coach: Simon Cook
 Namibia[37]
Coach: Pierre de Bruyn
 Oman[38]
Coach: Duleep Mendis
 Papua New Guinea[39]
Coach: Joe Dawes
 United States[40]
Coach: Pubudu Dassanayake

Points table[edit]

Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Status
 Oman (Q) 5 4 1 0 0 8 –0.048 Promoted to 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2
 Namibia (H), (Q) 5 3 2 0 0 6 +1.397
 United States (Q) 5 3 2 0 0 6 +0.709
 Papua New Guinea (Q) 5 2 3 0 0 4 –0.403
 Canada 5 2 3 0 0 4 –0.415 Relegated to ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League
 Hong Kong 5 1 4 0 0 2 –1.044

(H) Host, (Q) Qualified

Fixtures[edit]

The following fixtures were confirmed in January 2019.[42]

Round-robin[edit]

20 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
118 (42.1 overs)
v
 Namibia
120/7 (30.3 overs)
Namibia won by 3 wickets
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to field.

20 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Canada 
222/8 (50 overs)
v
 Hong Kong
223/3 (47.2 overs)
Hong Kong won by 7 wickets
Wanderers Affies Park, Windhoek

20 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
United States 
148 (37.5 overs)
v
 Oman
152/4 (47.5 overs)
Oman won by 6 wickets
United Ground, Windhoek
  • Oman won the toss and elected to field.
  • Suraj Kumar (Oma) made his List A debut.

21 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
United States 
250/7 (50 overs)
v
 Namibia
248 (49.4 overs)
United States won by 2 runs
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek

21 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Oman 
285/7 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
186 (43.2 overs)
Oman won by 99 runs
Wanderers Affies Park, Windhoek
  • Canada won the toss and elected to field.

21 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Hong Kong 
222/9 (50 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
223/7 (47.4 overs)
Papua New Guinea won by 3 wickets
United Ground, Windhoek
  • Papua New Guinea won the toss and elected to field.

23 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Hong Kong 
176 (48 overs)
v
 Oman
177/3 (45.3 overs)
Oman won by 7 wickets
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek
  • Oman won the toss and elected to field.

23 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
127 (39.3 overs)
v
 United States
128/0 (19.2 overs)
United States won by 10 wickets
Wanderers Affies Park, Windhoek
  • Papua New Guinea won the toss and elected to bat.

23 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Namibia 
258/6 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
160 (42.1 overs)
Namibia won by 98 runs
United Ground, Windhoek
  • Canada won the toss and elected to field.

24 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
154 (44.2 overs)
v
 Canada
155/7 (34.2 overs)
Canada won by 3 wickets
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek
  • Papua New Guinea won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Ravinderpal Singh (Can) made his List A debut.

24 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Namibia 
213/9 (50 overs)
v
 Oman
214/6 (49.1 overs)
Oman won by 4 wickets
Wanderers Affies Park, Windhoek
  • Oman won the toss and elected to field.

24 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
United States 
280/8 (50 overs)
v
 Hong Kong
196/7 (50 overs)
United States won by 84 runs
United Ground, Windhoek

26 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Canada 
255/4 (50 overs)
v
 United States
215 (50 overs)
Canada won by 40 runs
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek
  • United States won the toss and elected to field.

26 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Namibia 
396/3 (50 overs)
v
 Hong Kong
245 (43.2 overs)
Namibia won by 151 runs
Wanderers Affies Park, Windhoek
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field.

26 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
221/8 (50 overs)
v
 Oman
76 (28.2 overs)
Papua New Guinea won by 145 runs
United Ground, Windhoek

Playoffs[edit]

The final and third-place playoff matches were given ODI status by the ICC, with the fifth-place playoff being a List A match.[17] Oman played in their first ever ODI match.[8] The United States played their first ODI match in fifteen years, since they played in two matches in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy in September 2004.[48]

Fifth-place playoff[edit]

27 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Hong Kong 
113 (36.1 overs)
v
 Canada
114/5 (16.5 overs)
Canada won by 5 wickets
United Ground, Windhoek
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat.

Third-place playoff[edit]

27 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
United States 
164 (43.4 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
165/5 (33 overs)
Timil Patel 50* (74)
Norman Vanua 4/37 (10 overs)
Lega Siaka 62 (51)
Timil Patel 2/34 (7 overs)
Papua New Guinea won by 5 wickets
Wanderers Affies Park, Windhoek
Umpires: Huub Jansen (Ned) and Claude Thorburn (Nam)
Player of the match: Norman Vanua (PNG)

Final[edit]

27 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Namibia 
226/7 (50 overs)
v
 Oman
81 (29 overs)
Karl Birkenstock 61 (108)
Fayyaz Butt 2/28 (6 overs)
Suraj Kumar 27 (61)
Jan Frylinck 5/13 (8 overs)
Namibia won by 145 runs
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek
Umpires: David Odhiambo (Ken) and Claire Polosak (Aus)
Player of the match: Jan Frylinck (Nam)

Final standings[edit]

Pos[6] Team Status
1st  Namibia Promoted to 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2
2nd  Oman
3rd  Papua New Guinea
4th  United States
5th  Canada Relegated to ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League
6th  Hong Kong

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