Windhoek (Namibia): The United States became the first team to punch their ticket to the Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifier with a thrilling win over Jersey while Namibia managed to stay alive to fight another day with a comfortable win over Canada.
Put in to bat first with a top-two spot up for grabs, the USA were restricted to just 231 in their quota of 50 overs.
Jersey kept picking wickets at regular intervals but opener Steven Taylor held one end strong. He stitched crucial partnerships with Saiteja Mukkamalla (54-run stand) and Gajanand Singh (69 runs) to bail the USA out of trouble, the ICC informed on Tuesday.
Nisarg Patel and Jessy Singh made vital contributions lower down the order to push the USA to a substantial total. Benjamin Ward was the pick of the bowlers, breaking the back of the USA batting lineup by scalping four wickets.
In reply, Jersey’s chase never took off as Ali Khan ran through the top and middle-order with a five-wicket haul inside the first six overs. Asa Tribe and Jonty Jenner went on the defensive to curb USA’s ascendency but were already playing catch-up having lost half their side with just 17 runs on board.
The win, along with Namibia’s victory over Canada, ensured that the USA finished in the top two and as a result, sealed the berth in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.