2005 ICC Trophy

The ultimate World Cup qualifier saw UAE and Oman unfortunately fall at the last.

Finishing sixth was particularly disappointing for the UAE for they had come so close to defeating eventual finalists Ireland. Their match went to the penultimate ball and only what Ireland and Middlesex star Ed Joyce called “without doubt, the best innings I have ever played”, prevented the Emirates team from finishing higher up in their group and thus granting themselves a potentially easier path to the later rounds.

When it came to the critical play-off against Holland for the last World Cup spot, the UAE playing their seventh games in eleven days were both physically and mentally spent. They lost that match by 145 runs.

UAE pressing hard against Ireland

Standings after initial group matches:

Group A

P W NR L Pts NRR
Ireland 5 4 1 0 9 1.49
Bermuda 5 3 1 1 7 0.69
UAE 5 2 1 2 5 0.43
Denmark 5 2 1 2 5 -0.21
Uganda 5 1 1 3 3 -1.05
USA 5 0 1 4 1 -1.39



Group B

P W NR L Pts NRR
Scotland 5 5 0 0 10 2.00
Canada 5 4 0 1 8 0.79
Holland 5 3 0 2 6 1.45
Namibia 5 2 0 3 4 0.42
Papua NG 5 1 0 4 2 -2.13
Oman 5 0 0 5 0 -2.73


The final positions of teams in this tournament will have qualification implications for future events. Oman coming off a six-run win against Uganda, captured the crucial ninth place with a spectacular victory over USA. Oman’s performances, after a rocky start, had been gathering momentum towards the end, culminating in a phenomenal run-chase against USA.



Oman’s captain Azhar Ali

Batting first, America racked up 345 for 6 It seemed to be going America's way when Oman were reduced to 82 for four and then 211 for seven but an astonishing eighth wicket partnership between Azhar Ali and Farhan Khan turned the match on its head. Ali played steadily with 44, but Farhan Khan smashed an incredible 94 not out from 47 balls in an innings which included four fours an nine sixes as Oman won by two wickets with five balls to spare.

Moments after Oman’s victory against USA

 

Oman’s Farhan Khan receiving the Man of the Match award from ICC Development Operations Manager Chris Briers

Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Bermuda and Holland qualify for the 2007 World Cup.

Filed August 10 2005