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Bangladesh’s elevation to Check standing in 2000, coupled with the rise within the variety of collaborating groups by two, led to room for 4 Associates on the 2003 World Cup in Africa.

The 2007 version within the Caribbean was much more inclusive, as an unprecedented six Associates featured in it. Persevering with our sequence on Associates on the World Cup, we glance again at their performances at these two tournaments.

2003 – Kenya, Netherlands, Namibia and Canada
Apart from the ten Check-playing groups, Kenya additionally certified robotically for the 2003 World Cup by advantage of holding full ODI standing.

The 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada noticed a two-division format consisting of 24 groups, and was gained by the Netherlands, who prevailed by two wickets in an exhilarating closing in opposition to a spirited Namibia. Hosts Canada clinched the essential third place with a five-wicket victory over Scotland.

Positioned in Group A, the Netherlands started their marketing campaign with promise, as they bowled India out for 204 at Paarl. Although the Oranje misplaced by 68 runs, Tim de Leede was named man of the match for his haul of Four/35, which included the scalp of Sachin Tendulkar.

De Leede starred with the bat within the Netherlands’ second match with 58*, however his group may solely handle 142/9 en path to a six-wicket defeat to England.

Two robust fixtures in opposition to Australia and Pakistan adopted, through which the Netherlands went down by 75 runs (on the D/L methodology) and 97 runs respectively.

It was the same story at Bulawayo, the place they misplaced to Zimbabwe by 99 runs after being set a steep 302 to win. However they prevented the picket spoon within the group with their maiden ODI win, by 64 runs in opposition to Namibia of their final sport at Bloemfontein.

A second-wicket stand of 228 between Feiko Kloppenburg (121) and Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk (134*) propelled the Dutch to 314/Four, after which Kloppenburg took Four/42 together with his medium tempo. Off-spinner Adeel Raja additionally returned figures of Four/42, as Namibia had been bowled out for 250 within the 47th over.

This meant that Namibia completed and not using a win, and it could be one other 16 years earlier than they performed their subsequent ODI.

The Namibians had been on the receiving finish of Craig Wishart’s 172* of their opening sport at Harare, the place Zimbabwe gained by 86 runs on the D/L methodology after posting 340/2. Namibia’s batting allow them to down, as they had been bowled out for 84 in a 171-run defeat to Pakistan, 130 in a 181-run defeat to India, and 45 in a report 256-run defeat to Australia (Glenn McGrath taking 7/15, the very best figures in World Cup historical past).

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Nevertheless, within the midst of those drubbings was a resolute efficiency in opposition to England at Port Elizabeth. Tempo bowler Rudi van Vuuren, who would go on to grow to be the primary man to play in each cricket and rugby World Cups later within the 12 months, took 5/43, whereas opener Jan-Berrie Burger kicked off Namibia’s chase of 273 with a blazing 86-ball 85. Namibia misplaced by 55 runs, however that they had purpose sufficient to be proud.

In Group B, Canada marked their ODI return (having final performed the format in 1979) with a 60-run win over Bangladesh at Durban. The star was paceman Austin Codrington, who ensured a profitable defence of a modest 180 with figures of 5/27. They misplaced their subsequent sport by six wickets to Kenya, earlier than enduring an embarrassing low in opposition to Sri Lanka at Paarl, the place their innings lasted for simply 18.Four overs.

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Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower on the 2003 World Cup. (AP Photograph)

Canada had been routed for 36 – a brand new report for the bottom ODI whole – on the way in which to a nine-wicket thumping. Canada additionally held the report for the earlier lowest World Cup whole, which was 45 in opposition to England in 1979.

4 days later, a Canadian produced arguably probably the most unimaginable innings of the event, as opener John Davison set Centurion on hearth with a shocking 111 in 76 balls in opposition to the West Indies.

Davison hit eight fours and 6 sixes, and reached his hundred off simply 67 balls – then the quickest in World Cup historical past. Frustratingly, his dismissal triggered a collapse from 156/2 to 202 all out, and the West Indies coasted to a seven-wicket win. Canada misplaced to South Africa by 118 runs of their subsequent fixture, earlier than signing out with a five-wicket defeat to New Zealand, through which Davison hit 75 from 62 balls.

When Kenya had been rolled over for 140 en path to a ten-wicket thrashing by the hands of South Africa of their first match at Potchefstroom, nobody may have presumably imagined the flip of occasions within the ensuing weeks.

The Kenyans started their redemption by defeating Canada, after which, in a slice of fortune, pocketed two factors after New Zealand forfeited their fixture at Nairobi on safety grounds.

Kenya’s fourth match was in opposition to Sri Lanka, additionally at Nairobi, and this time they had been the masters of their very own future. Wicketkeeper-opener Kennedy Otieno top-scored with 60 to hold the Steve Tikolo-led outfit to 210/9, after which his youthful brother, leg-spinner Collins Obuya, stole the present by taking 5/24. Obuya wrecked the Sri Lankan center order with well timed strikes, handing Kenya a historic triumph.

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Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 157 in 45 overs, giving Kenya an awesome probability to progress. Disadvantaged of watching their group play in opposition to New Zealand, the native crowd had witnessed the event’s greatest upset.

Kenya sealed a Tremendous Six spot with a 32-run win in opposition to Bangladesh at Johannesburg, the place Maurice Odumbe first scored 52* to steer the entire to 217/7, and later snared Four/38 together with his off-spin.

Kenya misplaced their final group match in opposition to the West Indies by 142 runs and their first Tremendous Six match in opposition to India by six wickets (Otieno scoring 79 out of 225/6), however they wanted only one win to seal a fairytale semifinal entry, which they achieved in opposition to Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein. Pacer Martin Suji (Three/19) and Obuya (Three/32) mixed to skittle Zimbabwe for 133, laying the way in which for Kenya’s seven-wicket win.

Although Kenya misplaced to Australia by 5 wickets of their final Tremendous Six sport at Durban, the day belonged to the 39-year-old left-arm spinner Aasif Karim, who returned mind-boggling figures of Eight.2-6-7-Three in opposition to one of many strongest batting line-ups. Kenya’s memorable journey ended with a 91-run loss to India within the semifinal at Durban, with Tikolo scoring a gritty 56, his second fifty in a row, in a chase of 271.

2007 – Kenya, Scotland, Eire, Canada, Bermuda and Netherlands
The World Cup got here to the Caribbean for the primary time, and as many as six Affiliate nations received the chance to showcase their wares in a brand new format that featured 16 groups in 4 teams of 4 every. As was the case for the 2003 version, Kenya weren’t required to undergo qualification. The 2005 ICC Trophy was performed in Eire and featured 12 groups, with 5 World Cup spots up for grabs.

It was Scotland who gained the title, beating Eire (who certified for his or her first World Cup) by 47 runs. The dropping semifinalists had been Bermuda (like Eire, first-time qualifiers) and Canada, whereas the Netherlands completed fifth on the expense of the United Arab Emirates.

Scotland and the Netherlands had been drawn in Group A, Bermuda in Group B, Kenya and Canada in Group C, and Eire in Group D.

Scotland misplaced their three video games closely – by 203 runs to Australia, by seven wickets to South Africa and by eight wickets to the Netherlands. The Netherlands too suffered colossal defeats in opposition to South Africa (by 221 runs in a rain-reduced 40-over encounter, with Herschelle Gibbs famously hitting six sixes in an over off Daan van Bunge) and Australia (by 229 runs) earlier than bowing out by beating Scotland.

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Bermuda misplaced by 243 runs to Sri Lanka, by 257 runs – a brand new ODI report – in opposition to India, who racked up a World Cup report whole of 413/5, and by seven wickets to Bangladesh. However they supplied probably the most iconic World Cup moments when Dwayne Leverock, weighing 280 kilos, leapt to take an excellent one-handed catch at slip to dismiss India’s Robin Uthappa off the bowling of 17-year-old Malachi Jones.

Served by Morris Ouma (59) and captain Tikolo (72*) in a chase of 200, Kenya started with a facile seven-wicket win over Canada. However hopes of a repeat of 2003 had been dashed by back-to-back defeats to New Zealand (by 148 runs) and England (by seven wickets, with Tikolo’s 76 getting into useless). Not surprisingly, Canada additionally misplaced to the heavyweights – by 51 runs in opposition to England and by 114 runs in opposition to New Zealand.

Not a lot was identified in regards to the plucky Irishmen, led by Trent Johnston, earlier than the event began. However the debutants signalled their intentions of their opening match at Kingston, as they held Zimbabwe to a tie. Southpaw opener Jeremy Bray’s fantastic 115* improved Eire’s whole from 89/5 to 221/9, earlier than a late comeback by the Irish bowlers despatched Zimbabwe crashing from 203/5 to 221 all out within the final six overs.

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Two days later – on St. Patrick’s Day – on the similar venue, Eire confronted Pakistan, who wanted a win to remain alive. Johnston had no hesitation in electing to area on a inexperienced pitch, and seamers David Langford-Smith and Boyd Rankin (Three/32) duly responded by lowering the rating to 15/2. Andre Botha, who completed with outstanding figures of Eight-Four-5-2, and Johnston struck as effectively, leaving Pakistan at 66/5.

Pakistan didn’t get well and had been bundled out for 132 within the 46th over. Going through a rain-revised goal of 128 from 47 overs, Eire had been 15/2 when Niall O’Brien got here in. The left-hander performed a gem, scoring 72 in 107 balls to place Eire on the cusp of historical past. After some tense moments, Johnston despatched the Irish followers into delirium by hitting the six that gave Eire a three-wicket win and a spot within the Tremendous Eight.

Eire misplaced their final group sport in opposition to the West Indies by eight wickets, as additionally 5 of six Tremendous Eight matches – by 48 runs to England, by seven wickets to South Africa, by 129 runs to New Zealand, by 9 wickets to Australia and by eight wickets to Sri Lanka. However they did get the higher of Bangladesh, who mustered solely 169 in reply to Eire’s 243/7 (William Porterfield hitting a strong 85) at Bridgetown.


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