Muscat: Oman missed direct qualification to ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 by losing to Jersey by 14 runs here in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
This was Oman’s only second loss in 6 group games but has pushed it to take the playoffs route to qualification if it can keep winning. Duleep Mendis coached Red Brigade will now take on Namibia on Tuesday, October 29 in a qualification playoff.
PNG had earlier booked a World Cup berth by topping Group A while Ireland look certain to win direct qualification as Group B leader unless of course UAE beats Canada by a big margin in a night game on Sunday.
Jersey looked set to post a big total on the board after reaching 60 without loss in 7 overs but a four-wicket burst by pacer Muhammed Nadeem pegged them back and they could manage only 141 for 7 in 20 overs.
Hoping to chase down the average total successfully, Oman were stunned by Dominic Blampied who removed Opener Khawar Ali, Aaqib Ilyas and Aamir Kaleem in the second over, leaving the Sultanate reeling at 6 for 3. True to its character, Oman fought back with a 76-run stand between captain Zeeshan Maqsood (56) and Jatinder Singh (29). However, after Danial Miles removed them in one over, Oman lost its way and struggled to reach 127 for 9 in 20 overs.
Brief scores: Jersey 141 for 7 in 20 overs (Nick Ferraby 41 – 4x4, Nick Greenwood 22 – 2x4. Muhammed Nadeem 4-23, Bilal Khan 1-18, Khawar Ali 1-22, Zeeshan Maqsood 1-29) beat Oman 127 for 9 in 20 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 56 – 6x4, Jatinder Singh 29 – 3x4, Sandeep Goud 17 – 1x4. Elliot Miles 3-22, Elliot Miles 3-22, Dominic Blampied 3-27, Anthony Hawkins 2-14) by 14 runs.