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20-Mar-2012 02:39:00 GMT
ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers 2011-12

Bermuda Secure First Win in ICC T20 Qualifiers

Dubai: Bermuda on Monday registered their first win of the ICC Twenty20 qualifying tournament, beating Papua New Guinea by five wickets thanks to an unbeaten 52 from Janeiro Tucker.

Tucker smashed sixes off the first three balls of the last over, as Bermuda chased down a 156 target set by the Pacific islanders in their Group A match in Dubai.

Vani Vagi Morea had earlier top-scored for Papua New Guinea with 49 not out in their 155-6 but Tucker and his 55-run, fourth-wicket stand with captain David Hemp (30 in 27 balls) helped Bermuda home with three balls to spare.

Tucker was jubilant after the match, describing hitting the final six as "amazing".

"That was always my intention to try to get us to victory in the last over," he said.

In other Group A matches, unbeaten Afghanistan overcame Hong Kong with ease in Sharjah, with Dollat Zadran bagging an impressive five for 14.

"This was my best bowling in a T20 match," he said afterwards. "I am glad that I could contribute to the win. The captain and coach showed a lot of faith in me. We are going from strength-to-strength in the tournament."

Netherlands won against Nepal by six wickets in Dubai while Canada beat Denmark by 55 runs in Abu Dhabi.

In Group B, an all-round performance with the bat and ball from skipper Sarel Burger (53 and 3-14) helped unbeaten Namibia beat Oman by 36 runs in a low-scoring game.

Ireland triumphed by 82 runs over Uganda and Kenya scored an easy nine-wicket win against the United States, with Nelson Odhiambo taking three for 14 in a blistering spell.

The top two teams in the groups play off in the first qualifying final in Dubai on March 22, with the winner guaranteed a place in the World Twenty20 competition in Sri Lanka in September-October.

The second- and third-placed sides in the groups play cross-over matches, with the winners facing off on March 23 for a second spot in the tournament.

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