SINGAPORE narrowly beat Oman by two wickets at Kallang yesterday, which was enough to keep them in the race for a top-two finish in the International Cricket Council's World Cricket League Division Four, being played in the Republic.
Only the top two teams in the six-nation tournament are promoted to Division Three, and the home side face stiff competition from Denmark, who lead the table after four rounds with six points and a net run rate (NRR) of +1.111, and Malaysia, who also have six points and NRR of -0.032. Singapore lie second with six points and NRR of +0.119.
Tomorrow's final round of matches is crucial, and Singapore will have to beat bottom team Jersey (2 points) by a big margin to ensure their promotion.
Denmark take on Italy (2pts), while Malaysia play Oman (2pts).
Singapore made their task more difficult with a shaky batting display against Oman yesterday.
After restricting the Gulf side to 186-8 in 50 overs, with off-spinner Dharmichand Mulewa taking 4-21, they collapsed after a bright opening partnership of 66.
The middle- and lower-middle order caved in under pressure and it took a brilliant 81 not out from opener Chaminda Ruwan for the home side to record a vital win.
Brief scores: Oman 186-8 in 50 overs (Amir Ali 50 n.o.; Dharmichand Mulewa 4-21). Singapore 187-8 in 45.4 overs (Chaminda Ruwan 81 n.o; Ajay Lalcheta 5-20).
This article was first published on June 26, 2014.
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