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Trio clinch 2011 World Cup spots

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Mudassar Bukhari

Mudassar Bukhari reaches fifty en route to 84 which set up victory over Canada

Canada, Kenya and Netherlands joined Ireland in the 2011 World Cup after today’s conclusion of the World Cup qualifier super eight stage.

Canada will face Ireland, who had already secured their place at the 2011 competition, in Sunday’s final at Centurion despite losing to Netherlands today by six wickets in Johannesburg.

Netherlands now meet Kenya in the third-place play-off in Potchefstroom, after Kenya completed a six-wicket win over Ireland in Pretoria.

Afghanistan, who beat Namibia by 21 runs at at Krugersdorp, and Scotland, who thrashed United Arab Emirates by 121 runs at Benoni, secured one-day international status for four years and a place in the Intercontinental Cup.

The pair meet in the fifth-place decider in Benoni while UAE and Namibia contest seventh at the LC de Villiers Oval.

Collins Obuya (66) and Thomas Odoyo’s (55) 133-run stand secured Kenya’s triumph over Ireland for whom Niall O'Brien’s 59 earlier set up their 208 for nine.

Despite the defeat, Ireland all-rounder Andrew White said: “That’s part of the job done for us. The initial goal for us was to get through to the World Cup but having done so well since the last World Cup our overall goal was to try and win the tournament. So we still have to do that.

“We believe we are the best associate team around but in order to prove that again we need to win this tournament. So although we have qualified for the World Cup, to an extent it’s still job not finished.

“It’s important, for our own well being, that we prove we are the best associate in all formats.”

Kenya skipper Steve Tikolo, who took 3-11 in four overs, said he would not be playing in a fifth World Cup.

Steve Tikolo

Kenya captain Steve Tikolo helped clinch a World Cup spot but announced he would retire by 2011

“My legs are going now and I’m getting a little too slow. I think it’s time to let the youngsters come through,” admitted the 37-year-old.
“I will probably play until the end of this season but I will not be around for the next World Cup. There is plenty of young talent coming through in Kenya so I think the time is right for me to step away.

Gavin Hamilton’s 127 from 124 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes, underpinned Scotland’s 299 for seven. Seamer Craig Wright’s 4-41 left UAE 177 all out in the 40th over.

However, it was not enough to secure World Cup qualification as both Netherlands and Kenya avoided defeat.

An opening stand of 167 between Mudassar Bukhari (88) and Alexei Kervezee (77) set up Netherlands’ successful run-chase against Canada.

Stand-in skipper Canada Ashish Bagai said: “It has been a good effort by everyone in the squad. We have played pretty consistently and I am really looking forward to the final now. We are delighted to have qualified for the World Cup but we want to win this trophy.”

Afghanistan, who stormed through Division Five, Four and Three, fell short of their ultimate goal but Nowroz Mangal’s 78 helped ensure their one-day status.

Coach Kabir Khan said: “When we came into the Super Eight we weren’t in a very good position to qualify, but the way the boys played showed how much courage and talent they have got winning some much tougher matches ... I am sure we will play in a World Cup one day.”

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