MUSCAT: Oman made it two wins from two in the opening stages of the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 on an exciting second day of action.
Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood was the star of the show as his side downed Singapore – making its tournament bow – on November 11.
The captain took 2-18 from his ten overs with the ball and anchored the chase with 43 not out as Oman claimed a four-wicket win to move top of the nascent standings, as it looks to bounce back to Division 2 at the first time of asking.
Meanwhile, Monank Patel hit 107 at the top of the USA order and its total of 252 for six always looked like being beyond a Ugandan side that had beaten Denmark in the first round of games.
Oman v Singapore
The hosts, fresh from victory on the opening day over Kenya, won the toss and put Singapore into bat. Opener Aritra Dutta (38) compiled steadily but the visitors lost regular wickets and scored slowly – skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (2-18) trapping both Dutta and Rohan Rangarajan in front to leave Singapore 58-3 in the 22nd over.
Anish Paraam (33) led a rebuilding job with captain Chetan Suryawanshi (37) but when the latter fell to Bilal Khan (3-31) the runs dried up and the innings ended at 185-9.
Jatinder Singh’s 41 from 62 balls at the top of the Oman order got them up and running but Janak Prakash (3-16) slowed momentum and when Singh fell in the 21st over at 93 for five, Singapore had a sniff.
But skipper Maqsood (43 not out) was ably supported by Mehran Khan (23 from 18 balls) and Fayyaz Butt (26 not out) as the hosts cruised home in the end with more than 12 overs to spare.
USA v Uganda
Monank Patel was the star of the show as USA, having been put in to bat by Uganda, compiled 252 for six from their 50 overs.
Patel hit 107 from 137 balls to provide the backbone of the USA total but he was given late-order support from Henry Walsh (47 from 55 balls).
USA became the first team of the week to top 250 from its 50 overs and in response, Uganda never looked like getting close.
Arnold Otwani made 52 at the top of the order but no-one could stay with him, Timil Patel ripping out the Uganda top order by taking care of three of its top five.
Deusdedit Muhumuza provided a late innings rally with 43 not out from 58 balls but it finished 54 runs short in the end, albeit with one wicket to spare.
Scores in brief
Oman won by four wickets at Oman Club Turf 2
Singapore 185-9, 50 overs (Aritra Dutta 38, Chetan Suryawanshi 37; Bilal Khan 3-31)
Oman 186-6, 37.4 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 43 not out, Jatinder Singh 41; Janak Prakash 3-16)
USA won by 54 runs at Oman Club Turf 1
USA 252-6, 50 overs (Monank Patel 107, Hayden Walsh 47; Henry Ssenyondo 2-44)
Uganda 198-9, 50 overs (Arnold Otwani 52, Deusdedit Muhumuza 43; Timil Patel 3-28)
12 November: USA v Kenya (Oman Club Turf 1); Denmark v Singapore (Oman Club Turf 2)
13 November: Oman v Denmark (Oman Club Turf 1); Uganda v Kenya (Oman Club Turf 2)
15 November: Singapore v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 1); Denmark v USA (Oman Club Turf 2)
16 November: Oman v USA (Oman Club Turf 1); Kenya v Singapore (Oman Club Turf 2)
18 November: Kenya v Denmark (Oman Club Turf 1); Oman v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 2)
19 November: Singapore v USA (Oman Club Turf 1)
All matches start at 9.30am local time.
Live scoring available on www.icc-cricket.com