T20 World Cup (USA & West Indies)
Super 8s, Group 1

Super 8s, Group 2
South Africa2200040.63
West Indies2100121.81

24 June Group 2: West Indies v South Africa (Antigua)
24 June Group 1: Australia v India (St Lucia)
25 June Group 1: Afghanistan v Bangladesh (St Vincent)
Group 1: Australia beat Bangladesh by 28 runs (DLS)
Antigua, 20 June.
Bangladesh 140/8 (20 overs: Najmul Hossain 41, Towhid Hridoy 40; Pat Cummins 3-29, Adam Zampa 2-24)
Australia 100/2 (11.2 overs: David Warner 53*, Travis Head 31; Rishad Hossain 2-23) (Rain interrupted - par score at 11.2 overs was 72.)
A Bangladesh total that would normally be considered to be slightly above par was made to look totally inadequate as Australia charged ahead of their DLS target on a rain interrupted night in Antigua. After losing Tanzid to Starc''s third delivery an unusually watchful Litton Das added 58 for the second wicket with Najmul Hossain, but Bangladesh found it hard to get any momentum into their innings. A required injection of urgency from Hridoy was ended when he became the third victim in a Cummins hat-trick that was spread over the eighteenth and twentieth overs. Warner and Head's quick start to the chase was interrupted by a heavy shower, and half an hour was lost, but they hurried to 59 in the powerplay and to 80/2 at the half way stage. Warner raced to his fifty off 35 balls (5x4, 3x6), before the rain returned with Australia a comfortable 28 runs ahead on DLS.
Group 2: England lost to South Africa by 7 runs
St Lucia, 21 June.
South Africa 163/6 (20 overs: Quinto de Kock 65, David Miller 43; Jofra Archer 3-40)
England 156/6 (20 overs: Harry Brook 53*, Liam Livingstone 33; Keshav Maharaj 2-25, Kasigo Rabada 2-32)
England opting to chase again must have wondered if they had got it wrong as de Kock smashed a 22 ball half century in a ten-an-over powerplay. But after his departure the innings lost momentum, with only David Miller able to make any sort of contribution. Jofra Archer's pace helped his first over go for 21 runs before he turned to cutters, claiming de Kock, plus Miller and Jansen in two balls of the final over. Having been 83/1 after ten overs, South Africa only added a further 80 in the second ten for the loss of five more wickets. England the happier side at the change of innings. Happier they may have been, but that was to change all too quickly, as Salt the hero of the Windies game fell to Rabada, 41/1 in the powerplay. Bairstow survived on 9 thanks to a dropped catch by Klassen on the wide Third Man boundary that would have given Rabada a second wicket. And it was Maharaj who removed both Bairstow and Buttler as England stuttered, 60/3 at the drinks break, with a lot to do in the second half. Eighteen runs from Rabada in the fifteenth over keeps England in the game but more of the same still needed. Two fours from the next two Nortje deliveries helps - South Africa feeling the strain? Forty six needed from four overs - and by a strange coincidence that's exactly what has come off the last four. Livingstone goes 4,4,6 off three Baartman full-tosses and suddenly it's England's to lose! Down to 25 off 3 overs. Livingstone flicks a Rabada full-toss to Stubbs at deep backward square, and has the pendulum swung again? They need 21 from 12 and crucially Brook is on strike to Jansen - dot, 2, (51 off 34 for Brook) lb,1, 1, 2. Great over from Jansen. Nortje to bowl the final over with 14 needed - WICKET! Slower ball toe-ended to long-off and Aiden Markram holds a brilliant diving catch running back over his head. 1, 4, 1, 1, dot, and England come up short. South Africa almost gave that away with sloppy overs 15,16, and 17 that conceeded 52 runs. Fortunately for them Rabada bowled the 18th for just 4, and then Jansen the 19th for 7. Dare I say it, for once South Africa held their nerve when the going got tight. Next up overnight is the other Group 2 pairing with the Windies taking on USA. News here with your cornflakes tomorrow morning.
Group 2: West Indies lost to England by 8 wickets
St Lucia, 19 June.
West Indies 180/4 (20 overs: Johnson Charles 38, Rovman Powell 36, Nicholas Pooran 36, Sherfane Ruherford 28*, Brandon KIng 23 ret.hurt)
England 181/2 (17.3 overs: Phil Salt 87*, Jonny Bairstow 48*, Jos Buttler 25)
England have made no secret that their preferred option is to bat second, and it paid off handsomely tonight as they chased down the Windies total with a powerful batting display. All the home side's batters got a start on what is said to be the best pitch in the islands, but with no one going on to a big score, and the loss of only four wickets, their total looked to be somewhat below par. An opening partnership of 67 inside 8 overs between Buttler and Salt set England on their way, but it wasn't until Jonny Bairstow arrived at the fall of Moeen's wicket, that the agression really started. His unbeaten 48 took only 26 balls (5x4,2x6), but it will be Salt who will rightly claim all the headlines with a 47 ball innings of 87* (7x4, 5x6), taking 30 off a shell-shocked Romario Shepherd's 16th over, 4,6,4,6,6,4, in England's charge to victory.
Group 1: Afghanistan lost to India by 47 runs
Bridgetown, 20 June.
India 181/8 (20 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 53, Hardik Pandya 32, Virat Kohli 24, Rishabh Pant 20; Rashid Khan 3-26, Fazal Farooqi 3-33)
Afghanistan 134 (20 overs: Azmatullah Omarzai 26; Jasprit Bumrah 3-7, Ashdeep Singh 3-36, Kuldeep Yadav 2-32)
A good total on a typically slow Kensington Oval pitch thanks to Yadav's half century, his 28 ball innings containing 5x4, 3x6. Kohli into double figures for the first time in the tournament after his three scores of 1,4,0 in New York, but it took some blows from Pandya in the closing overs, 3x4, 2x6 in his 32 to post a total that India were pleased with. Fazal Farooqi added to his wicket tally which now stands at 15, 5 clear at the top of the list, while Rashid Khan was always asking questions of the batters. Jasprit Bumrah straight into the action with wickets in each of his two opening overs, Axar Patel claiming another to leave Afghanistan 35/3 at the end of the Powerplay. Still three wickets down at the half-way stage but the batters struggling to come to terms with the bowlers variations in these conditions where 'pace off' seems to be the winning formula. Two in an over for Ashdeep Singh on his return to bowl the eighteenth and his third off the final ball of the twentieth as India close out the game in some comfort.
Group 2: South Africa beat USA by 18 runs
Antigua, 19 June.
South Africa 194/4 (20 overs: Quinton de Kock 74, Aiden Markram 46, Heinrich Klassen 36*, Tristan Stubbs 20*, Saurabh Netravalkar 2-21, Harmeet Singh 2-24)
USA 176/6 (20 overs: Andries Gous 80, Harmeet Singh 38, Steven Taylor 24; Kasigo Rabada 3-18)
The USA pushed South Africa deep into the chase before finally falling short in the opening Super Eights game in Antigua. Quinton de Kock's 40 ball innings of 74 contained 7x4 & 5x6 and with better than a run-a-ball contributions from Markram, Klassen and Stubbs, South Africa seemed well set for a win at the change of innings. But Steven Taylor and Andries Gous set off at 10 an over posting 53 in the Powerplay for the loss of Taylor and Nitish Kumar. Needing 50 off the final four overs, Gous and Harmeet Singh keep the USA in the game taking 22 off Shamsi's 17th over but with 28 needed off 12, Rabada bowled the 19th for only 2 singles, claiming the wicket of Singh into the bargain. First points to South Africa but plenty on the plus side for Stuart Law's charges to consider.
Group A

Group B

Group C
West Indies4400083.26
New Zealand4200240.42
Papua New Guinea400040-1.27

Group D
South Africa4400080.47
Sri Lanka4101230.86

Group C: New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea by 7 wickets
San Fernando, 17 June.
Papua New Guinea 78 (19.4 overs: Lockie Ferguson 3-0, Tim Southee 2-11, Trent Boult 2-14, Ish Sodhi 2-29)
New Zealand 79/3 (12.2 overs: (3 overs: Devon Conway 35; Kabua Morea 2-4)
Rain delayed the start by just over an hour, but without any loss of overs, after New Zealand had won the Toss and opted to field first. First to strike was Tim Southee in the second over before Lockie Ferguson produced an incredible four overs - 23 dots and 1 leg bye from his 24 deliveries claiming 3 wickets along the way. All five Kiwi bowlers took wickets, two for each of Boult, Southee and Sodhi with Michell Santner picking up just one as no batsman reached 20, Charles Amini 17, Norman Vanua 14 and Sese Bau 12 the only double figure scores in the PNG innings. In the change of innings interviews Trent Boult suggested that it was a 'tricky' pitch so this might be another 'closer than we thought' match. Finn Allen caught behind second ball of the chase, just what PNG wanted, and a second wicket for Morea as Rachin Ravindra flicks off his pads to Kamea at deepish mid wicket. Left-arm seamers continue to be a success story in this tournament it seems. Fifty on the board in the tenth over when Devon Conway became the third wicket to fall, his innings containing 2x4, 3x6. Skipper Kane Willamson (18*) and Daryl Mitchell (19*) scoring the remaining 25 in just three more overs.
Group C: West Indies beat Afghanistan by 104 runs
Saint Lucia, 17 June.
West Indies 218/5 (20 overs: Nicholas Pooran 98, Johnson Charles 43, Rovman Powell 26, Shai Hope 25; Gulbadin Naib 2-14)
Afghanistan 114 (16.2 overs: Ibrahim Zadran 38, Azmatullah Omarzai 23; Obed McCoy 3-14, Akeal Hosein 2-21, Gudakesh Motie 2-28)
A powerful batting display from the hosts as they posted 92/1 in the Powerplay, Johnson Charles and Nicholas Pooran adding 80 after the early loss of Brandon King. The fourth over of the game from Amatullah Omarzai went for 36, not all off the bat, although Pooran did mange 3 maximums and 2 boundaries in an over that also had 5nb, 5w and 4lb! Pooran was run out in the final over as he tried for a second run to get to 99, retain the strike, and have two balls left to complete his century. That would have been the icing on the cake, but his 53 ball innings containing 6x4 and 8x6 was more than enough to earn a standing ovation from the large home crowd. The fact that the tournament's leading wicket taker Fazal Farooqi went wicketless, and was only given three overs, an indication of the Windies dominance with the bat. Slow left-armer Akeal Hosein opened the attack, and struck in his first over. Two defensive dots was enough to prompt Ramanullah Gurbaz to give him the charge only to clunk a full toss gently to mid-on. His opening partner Ibrahim Zadran went on attacking to finish with 38 off 28 (5x4,1x6), before falling to McCoy, who then added Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nab1 for 0 and 1 in the eighth over. Half the side out for 66 at the half-way stage, and the game was as good as over. No respite for the Afghan batters after the break, the crowd entertained to Alzarri Joseph peppering the tail enders with half-trackers, and Rashid swinging at every ball before skying a catch to long off to end the game. Nothing at stake today other than bragging rights as group winners, since both have qualified for the Super-Eights, those groups already decided by the sides seedings. A day off on Tuesday, then first up on Wednesday afternoon is the Group 2 clash, South Africa versus USA.
Group A: Ireland lost to Pakistan by 3 wickets
Lauderhill, 16 June.
Ireland 106/9 (20 overs: Gareth Delany 31, Josh Little 22*; Imad Wasim 3-8, Shaeen Shah Afridi 3-22, Mohammad Amir 2-11)
Pakistan 111/7 (18.5 overs: Babar Azam 32*; Barry McCarthy 3-15, Curtis Campher 2-24)
The pace, swing and bounce of the Pakistan opening pair, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Amir made for uncomfortable viewing. And if it was hard to watch, it was certainly worse to have to play. By the end of the Powerplay Ireland had lost half their side for just 28 runs, with a rout a distinct prospect. But a forty four-run partnership between Gareth Delany and Mark Adair, attacking the Pakistani spinners brought some relief, with some big blows from Josh Little in the final overs ensuring that the total passed 100. A lack of top order runs throughout the tournament has been Ireland's downfall, and they have found themselves relying on some middle and late order hitting to drag out the innings towards respectability. So once again the pressure was piled onto the bowling unit to make a game of it, and they did not let the side down. They made it slow going for the Pakistan top order with wickets for McCarthy and Adair before Campher and McCarthy shared four wickets for the addition of only ten runs. Pressure on Pakistan and Babar Azam who was trying to marshal his late order over the line. With Little off the field with what looked like a calf injury or cramp Ireland lost an over of pace that may have changed the result as Shaheen Shah did what he frequently does hitting two sixes to give a relieved Pakistan the win with just seven balls to spare.
Group D: Bangladesh beat Nepal by 21 runs
Saint Vincent, 16 June.
Bangladesh 106 (19.3 overs: Sompal Kami 2-10, Sandeep Lamichhane 2-12, Rohit Paudel 2-20, DS Airee 2-22)
Nepal 85 (19.2 overs: Kushal Malla 27, DS Airee 25; Tanzim Sakib 4-7, Mustafixur Rahman 3-7, Shakib Al Hasan 2-9)
Nepal could not repeat the performance that took them within two runs of victory against South Africa after Tanzim had blown away their top order with a four wicket burst that reduced them to 25/5 in seven overs. The Nepali bowlers had done their side proud, stifling the Bangladash batting line up to the extent that Shakib Al Hasan's 17 represented their top score of the innings. From that 26/5, Kushal Mala and DS Airee added exactly fifty for the sixth wicket before Mustafizur claimed them both finishing with figures of 3-7 in his four over spell to ensure that his side defended the lowest ever winning total in the T20 World Cup.
Group D: Sri Lanka beat Netherlands by 83 runs
Saint Lucia, 16 June.
Sri Lanka 201/6 (20 overs: Kusal Mendis 46, Charith Asalanka 46, Angelo Mathews 30, Wanindu Hasaranga 20*; Logan van Beek 2-45)
Netherlands 118 (16.4 overs: Michael Levitt 31, Scott Edwards 31; Nuwan Thushara 3-24, Matheesha Pathirana 2-12, Wanindu Hasaranga 2-25)
Runs all down the order after Vivian Kingma had removed Pathum Nissanka second ball of the game ensured that Sri Lanka were able to claim their first win of the tournament in some comfort. Logan van Beek the only bowler to claim more than a single wicket, with two in two balls in the eighteenth over. The Netherlands openers O'Dowd and Levitt set off at the gallop, Levitt with 2x4 and 3x6 in his 23 ball innings of 31. But both were to fall inside the Powerplay bringing two new batters to the crease, and that gave Sri Lanka to put the brakes on the scoring rate. With the required rate climbing, only Scott Edwards was able to keep the score ticking over as he lost a succession of partners to the Sri Lankan spin department. A first win for Sri Lanka in what for them was a disappointing tournament.
Group A: Canada v India - no result
Lauderhill, 15 June.
No play possible for the second day in a row in sunny Florida - tomorrow's game here is Ireland versus Pakistan, maybe!
Group B: England beat Namibia by 41 runs (DLS)
Antigua, 15 June.
England 122/5 (9 overs: Harry Brook 47*, David Bairstow 31; Ruben Trumpleman 2-31)
Namibia 84/3 (10 overs: David Wiese 27, Michael van Lingen 33) (Delayed start - match reduced to 11 overs per side. Further reduced to 10 overs. Namibia's target 126 in 10 overs.)
So after hours of sitting watching the rain fall and after a few false starts the game finally got under was as an 11 over per side affair. With Buttler and Salt both out in the first two overs it was Bairstow who set England on their way with a swing at everything 31. Harry Brook finished with 47* off 20 balls playing what might be called 'proper' shots while Liam Livingstone's 4 ball innings included two sixes as the tenth and final over went for 21 runs. No contest after three overs of the 'chase', the only boundaries, a four and a 6, coming off involuntary top edges by van Lingen as Archer's short pitched deliveries unsettled him. Curran bowls the fourth and concedes another edged four, we've still to see a convincing shot from this pair. Half the overs gone and so far bat and ball have rarely been in the same place at the same time! Rashid goes for 10 with the ball turning square and Davin retires on 18!! David Wiese comes to the crease with 83 required off 4 overs - Thanks Nikolaas. Wiese goes 2,6,6,4 off Rashid and keeps the strike. 24 off 8 so far. Van Lingen holes out at long on in the ninth to give Jordan wicket he departs looking very disappointed - no 'red ink' tonight for him. David Wiese picks out deep mid wicket in the final over, 27 off 12 deliveries, and his walk-off has the look of someone who is doing so for the final time as England players shake hands with him. He salutes the supporters and gets a standing ovation from his teammates as he reaches the dugout. Now that Davin retirement makes some sense. Namibia simply never got going in their innings and England had the luxury knowing their win was never in doubt.
Group B: Australia beat Scotland by 5 wickets
Saint Lucia, 15 June.
Scotland 180/5 (20 overs: Brandon McMullan 60, Richie Berrington 42*, George Munsey 35; Glenn Maxwell 2-44)
Australia 186/5 (19.4 overs: Travis Head 68, Marcus Stoinis 59, Tim David 24*; Mark Watt 2-34, Safyaan Sharif 2-42)
Scotland fought for their World Cup lives, taking the game into the final over before Australia finally triumphed with two balls to spare. After losing Michael Jones in the first over of the match, George Munsey and Brandon McMullen added 89 in 9 overs to set a solid platform for those that followed. Munsey's 35 came off 23 balls (2x4, 3x6) while McMullen cleared the ropes 6 times in his 34 ball innings of 60. With skipper Richie Berrington batting through the second ten overs for a better than a run-a-ball 42 Scotland would have been more than happy with their efforts with the bat. Brad Wheal claimed David Warner's wicket in the second over of the chase before Marsh and Maxwell fell to Sharif and Watt, leaving Australia 60/3 in the ninth over. With Australia needing 89 from the final 7 overs it took the combined efforts of Head and Stoinis who added 80 for the 5th wicket, to keep Australia in the hunt. Five were needed off the final over and after two singles, David was dropped by Chris Sole at deep midwicket and the scores tied with the resulting two runs. It only took one of the remaining three balls as David slammed Wheal over the midwicket rope and Australia over the line. Heartbreak for Scotland and relief for England who take the second Super Eight place from Group B.
Group A: USA v Ireland - no result
Lauderhill, 14 June.
After 3 hours of delay and multiple inspections he game has finally been called off. Ireland and Pakistan are eliminated and The USA joins India as the Group A qualifiers for the Super Eights. I imagine in any other situation the game would have been called off earlier than it was, but with qualification and elimination riding on the result, the officials gave it every chance. The final inspection came an hour before the cut-off time for a 5 over match, but before the result of it could be announced, thunder was heard and a lightning warning issued. Everyone left the field, the covers came on, and after a morning without any rain it finally started to fall. You won't have to look far to read the various takes on the day's events, or lack of them, but in the final analysis only one thing matters, and that is the result, even though today there wasn't one.
Group C: New Zealand beat Uganda by 9 wickets
San Fernando, 14 June.
Uganda 40 (18.4 overs: Kenneth Waiswa 11; Tim Southee 3-4, Trent Boult 2-7, Mitchell Santner 2-8, Rachin Ravindra 2-9)
New Zealand 41/1 (5.2 overs: Devon Conway 22*)
With their World Cup challenge already over New Zealand took advantage of the conditions at the Brian Lara Academy ground to demolish debutants Uganda for just 40. Kenneth Waiswa the only batter to reach double figures as the swing of Boult and Southee ripped through the Ugandan lineup. With Boult claiming two wickets in the first over and Southee his first in the fourth, Uganda were 3/3 and already batting for survival. There was to be no comeback from that start for them and they join the list of lowest team totals that unfortunately has been shown regularly this tournament. No problem for New Zealand chasing down the win inside six overs for the loss of Finn Allen who unsuccessfully reviewed his out caught decision.
Group D: South Africa beat Nepal by 1 run
Saint Vincent, 14 June.
South Africa 115/7 (20 overs: Reeza Hendricks 43, Tristan Stubbs 27*; Kushal Bhurtel 4-19, Dipendra Singh Airee 3-21)
Nepal 114/7 (20 overs: Aasif Sheikh 42, Anil Sah 27; Tabraiz Shamsi 4-19)
South Africa struggled against the Nepali spinners having been put in to bat with Reeza Hendricks battling through until the fifteeth over before a flurry from Tristan Stubbs in the final overs 27* off 18 (2x4, 1x6) that gave them what turned out to be a defendable score by the narrowest of margins. Nepal went into the final Baartman over needing 8 runs to claim an historic victory with no clue yet as to how dramatic and bizarre the ending would be. Two dots followed by a boundary and a two left Gulsan Jha needing just 1 for a Super Over and 2 for the win. Short from Baartman and Jha misses with the 'ramp', going for the win rather than the Tie! The final delivery, again short from Baartman, passed Jha's attempted uppercut and was in danger of being given as high Wide. It reached de Kock whose throw back to the bowler stuck Jha on the back as he ran. With South Africa appealing for obstruction the ball deflected to Klassen who underhanded it onto the stumps before Jha reached safety. No attempt at a dive from Jha when one would have easily seen him home, indeed he even slowed down towards the end of his run, finishing just 12 inches short. Heartbreak for Nepal and relief for South Africa who somehow remain unbeaten.
Group D: Bangladesh beat Netherlands by 25 runs
Saint Vincent, 13 June.
Bangladesh 159/5 (20 overs; Shakib Al Hasan 64*, Tanzid Hasan Tamim 35, Mahmudullah 25; Paul van Meekeren 2-15, Aryan Dutt 2-17, Tim Pringle 1-26)
Netherlands 134/8 (20 overs; Sybrand Engelbrecht 33, Vikram Singh 26, Scott Edwards 25; Rishad Hossain 3-33, Taskin Ahmed 2-30)
Two early wickets for Aryan Dutt has The Netherlands on top in the initial stages. However, Bangladesh have regrouped with Tamim and Shakib looking fluent - 19 coming off the last over of the powerplay. Game on. Wickets for Paul van Meekeren and Tim Pringle keep things evens steven. Huge last seven overs coming up for both (95/4). Strong end by Bangladesh with 64 coming from last seven. 9 boundaries for the experienced Shakib, with the left-hander scoring an unbeaten 64. Excellent spells by Paul van Meekeren and Aryan Dutt. Can the Dutch chase it down? Close call for Michael Levitt in the 3rd over as his despairing dive just saves him from being run out. Doesn't make the most of that narrow escape though as he is caught for 18, followed in the next over by O'Dowd courtesy of a fine c&b by Sakib. Bangladesh on top in the powerplay (36/2). Vikram Singh then clubs back-to-back sixes to bring the crowd alive. Singh clears the ropes again and this is getting very interesting. Commentator curse as Singh is stumped for 26. Halfway in the chase and the Dutch are 74 for 3. Sybrand Englebrecht keeping the Oranje hopes alive with some lusty blows. In the balance (99/3 in 13). It's the hope that kills you,,Two wickets in three balls as Rishad Hossain has Englebrecht caught at point and Bas De Leede stumped. 44 needed off last four. Tough, but not impossible. Chase petering out as wickets fall. Bangladesh easing to victory at 117 for 7 in the 18th over. Tim Pringle swinging but not connecting ..8 dots so far. 33 required off the last over...dot and a 1. Snookers required...Bangladesh win by 25 runs. Dutch kept losing wickets at crucial times.
Group B: England beat Oman by 8 wickets
Antigua, 13 June.
Oman 47 (13.2 overs: Adil Rashid 4-11, Mark Wood 3-12, Jofra Archer 3-12)
England 50/2 (3.1 overs: Jos Buttler 24*)
With Joss Buttler winning the Toss England were able to opt for their preferred Plan A of chasing, in this game that they hope not only to win, but to win convincingly and thus boost their poor NRR. A wicket for Jofra Archer in each of his first two overs was just the start England wanted and it could even have been better as Moeen spilled a straightforward slip catch off Zeeshan Maqsood. No harm done though as Wood accepts a return catch off a leading edge, a wicket with his first delivery. There has been enough pace and bounce on show already from the three England seamers to suggest that this could be an uncomfortable 20 overs for the Omanis. Yes - two in the over for Wood, Prajapati beaten for pace and lobs a pull off the splice to short mid wicket. First ball from Adil Rashid and it's a stumping for Buttler - it is indeed his lucky night as he misses the stumps first time but Kail still not back when the bails are flicked of at the second attempt. In fact replays showing that it was his 3rd attempt. Wood's pace making the batters hop around - 'making room' is the generous way to describe some of the shots on offer. Two more wickets for Rashid - a classic legspinners edge to slip and the stumps rattled by a googly that Fayaz Butt did not read and attempted to cut, before another googly gives him his fourth off an inside edge. Archer back to finish the innings in two deliveries, Shoaib Khan the only batter to reach double figures before fending one off and it lobbing to Buttler. The only question now is how quickly will England chase this down, and how big a boost their NRR will receive. Phil Salt starts 6, 6 off Bilal Khan, two pitched up deliveries launched over the extra cover boundary, but edges a pull onto his stumps from the third. Bounce from the tall Kaleemullah accounts for Will Jacks, down the pitch and slicing a cut high to cover. It's a shot a ball here from England, and most are finding the boundary. Buttler 24 off 8 balls, and this will all be over inside 5 overs! In fact only one ball of the fourth over is required as Bairstow pulls the winning boundary, 8 off 2. That performance from England has made a nonsense of all the talk about Australia manipulating the NRR in their match with Scotland. A pitch with pace and bounce that also offered spin for MOM Adil Rashid - more of the same please will be Buttler's plea to the groundsman for Saturday's game versus Namibia.
Group C: Afghanistan v Papua New Guinea
San Fernando, 13 June.
Papua New Guinea 95 (19.5 overs: Kiplin Doriga 27; Fazal Farooqi 3-16, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-4)
Afghanistan 101/3 (15 overs: Gulbadin Naib 49*)
Fazal Farooqi extended his lead as Tournament leading wicket-taker with another three including two in two balls as Afghanistan were reduced to 48/6 at the Drinks break. Farooqi struck in the third over after PNG skipper was carelessly run out trying for a third run off Mohammad Nabi in the second, Schoolboy stuff as he somehow failed to ground his bat as he ran through the crease. He wasn't the last to lose his wicket in this fashion as PNG contrived to make 'run-out' the leading wicket-taker with four in all. Kiplin Doriga and Alei Nao added 38 for the eighth wicket to lift the total to 88 as Afghanistan gave seven bowlers their chance with the ball, before the innings ended as it had begun with a run-out. Afghanistan have come out swinging in the chase and movement both through the air and off the pitch, allied to a couple of heaves across the line accounts for both openers, a wicket each for Semo Kamea and Alei Nao who also had Gulbadin dropped, a standard edge through to Doriga who failed to hold the juggled effort despite two attempts. Nothing Omarzai can do about his dismissal as a total 'shooter' hits the base of leg stump - unplayable. 59/3 at the Drinks break with Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott out in the middle giving some 'play straight' demonstrations to his batters. The pitch isn't easy, slow and onthe evidence of the last dismissal somewhat 'up and down' so good advice from the coach. PNG waste their two reviews immediately after the restart - both going down the leg side and 'wouldn't have hit another set'. Gulbadin and Mohammad Nabi get the job done without any further excitement, Gulbadin finishing things off with a straight Six off the first ball of the sixteenth over. Two more Group games plus the first Semi-Final here at the Brian Lara Academy ground - hopefully on better surfaces. Afghanistan and Windies through to the Super Eights and New Zealand eliminated the story today.
Group A: USA lost to India by 7 wickets
New York, 12 June.
USA 110/8 (20 overs: Nitish Kumar 27, Steven Taylor 24; Arshdeep Singh 4-9, Hardik Pandya 2-14)
India 111/3 (18.2 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 50*, Shivam Dube 31*; Saurabh Netravalkar 2-18)
USA were put in to bat on a previously unused pitch and despite losing Shayan Jahangir to Arshdeep's first delivery and Andrie Gous to his sixth they managed to get past a hundred, unlike a few sides before them. If they can't win this one the USA will want to prolong it as much as possible to help preserve their NRR. Kohli's nightmare tournament continues - a single first ball for Rohit and Kohli edges behind off the next, 3 innings, total runs 5, highest score 4! And a second in his next over for Netravalkar Rohit getting a leading edge to mid off. India grinding it out rather than the kind of blitz we saw from Australia this morning and USA will be happy with that. USA icon Ali Khan skids one under Pant's bat and rattles the stumps - dare to dream? Chance missed as Yadav skies a slower ball to short third running back off the circle - could that be the chance gone? Five Penalty Runs to India may just have made the difference. It seems they were awarded because USA took longer than 1 minute between over on 3 occasions - that will be a new one for most people I would imagine. Runs coming in a flurry now as if the pressure was lifted by that penalty with Yadav completing his half century. USA ran them close and who knows what would have been the result if the chance from Yadav had been held when he was just 22.
Group C: West Indies beat New Zealand by 13 runs
San Fernando, 12 June.
West Indies 149/9 (Sherfane Rutherford 68*; Trent Boult 3-16, Tim Southee 2-21, Lockie Ferguson 2-27)
New Zealand 136/9 (20 overs: Glenn Phillips 40, Finn Allen 26; Alzarri Joseph 4-20, Gudakesh Motie 3-25)
An amazing innings by Sherfane Rutherford dragged the Windies from the depths of 58/6 to what proved to be a winning score. His 39 ball innings of 68 not out (2x4, 6x6) saw an explosive end to their innings with 58 runs added in the final five overs, and a final wicket partnership of 37* with Gudakesh Motie whose priceless contribution was 0*. Wickets shared between the New Zealand seamers early on, Trent Boult with the best return before the 'fifth bowler' comprising Phillips, Santner and Mitchell, suffered at the hands of Rutherford. A three wicket burst from left-arm spinner Motie saw New Zealand slump, half their side out for 63 after eleven overs. But for them there was to be no recovery, despite 40 from Glenn Phillips, and when, in the eighteenth over Alzarri Joseph claimed both him, and then Southee next ball, the game was as good as won. With 33 required from the final over Mitchell Santner launched Romario Shepherd's first two deliveries over the ropes, adding another maximum off the fourth, but a 'dot' from the third ball of the over meant that the Windies were already safe and into the Super Eights. For New Zealand the prospects look grim, a win overnight tonight for Afghanistan against Papua New Guinea would seal their fate, and see them eliminated with half their games still to play.
Group A: Canada lost to Pakistan by 7 wickets
New York, 11 June.
Canada 106/7 (20 overs: Aaron Johnson 52; Mohammad Amir 2-13, Haris Rauf 2-26)
Pakistan 107/3 (17.3 overs: Mohammad Rizwan 53*, Babar Azam 33; Dilon Heyliger 2-18)
Aaron Johnston was all that stood between Canada and a hammering at the hands of Pakistan as once again the New York pitch proved a challenge for batters. His half century (4x4, 4x6) was the only double figure contribution in the top six, as he watched five partners depart for just 54 inside ten overs. Skipper Saad Bin Zafar and Kaleen Sana did manage double figures to ensure that Canada passed the hundred mark, Pakistan helping the total along with 13 extras including 10 wides. Mohammad Rizwan had a new opening partner in Saim Ayub but with his dismissal it was the old firm of Rizwan and Babar Azam who added 63 for the second wicket, taking their side to within 25 of the win with five overs in hand. Fakhar Zaman perished trying finish the game with a ‘big’ shot before Usman Khan tucked away the two runs required leaving Riwan unbeaten on 53. A first win for Pakistan after defeats by India and USA - only Ireland left for them in a match vital for both sides hopes.
Group D: Sri Lanka v Nepal - no result
Lauderhill, 11 June.
Sri Lanka
Rain throughout the day prevented any play in this bottom of the table clash, and the washout guarantees South Africa a place in the Super Eights. The forecast for the rest of the week in Florida is more of the same, and there is a serious chance that this is not the only game that will be lost to the weather.
Group B: Australia beat Namibia by 9 wickets
Antigua, 11 June.
Namibia 72 (17 overs: Gerhard Erasmus 36; Adam Zampa 4-12, Marcus Stoinis 2-9, Josh Hazlewood 2-18)
Australia 74/1 (5.4 overs: Travis Head 34*; David Warner 20)
Adam Zampa added four wickets to his tally as Namibia were bustled out for just 72 with captain Gerhard Erasmus contributing exactly half of that total. David Warner is out in the second over of the chase, but by then he had scored 20, hitting Wiese's first three deliveries for 4, 4, 6 before slicing high to mid-off on the fourth. Clear intention from Australia that this isn't going to take long with Travis Head climbing into Ben Shikongo's next over 4, 6, 4, before Mitch Marsh gets off the mark with a boundary - ninteen off the over, four gone, and the total already 47. Now Trumpleman gets the treatment from Head with 3 consecutive boundaries - 60/1 after 5 overs. This could be all over inside the Powerplay! And it is, as Marsh defends Jack Brassell's first delivery before dispatching him 4, 6, 4. Game over and Australia through to the Super Eights. Spectacular stuff from Australia, 74 runs with 68 coming in boundaries (11x4, 4x6), plus 4 singles and 2 extras.
Group D: South Africa beat Bangladesh by 4 runs
New York, 10 June.
South Africa 113/6 (20 overs: Heinrich Klassen 46, David Miller 29; Tanzim Hasan 3-18, Taskin Ahmed 2-19)
Bangladesh 109/7 (20 overs: Towhid Hridoy 37, Mahmudullah 20; Anrich Nortje 2-17, Kasigo Rabada 2-19)
South Africa were obviously listening to the pre-toss pitch pundits who declared it looked good and would play well when they opted to bat first. That decision come back to haunt them in double quick time as the Bangladesh seamers Tamzin and Taksin got the movement required to square up Hendricks and trap him lbw, before bowling an aggressive de Kock swinging across the line. Markram looked to play an on drive to a ball that was never there to drive and moved a shade away to rattle his stumps. In a total misjudgement of length Stubbs played forward and stood on his toes to fend a catch to short extra cover - 23/4! It was only when Klassen and Miller decided that this was not a pitch to be ambitious on that you let the ball come to you rather than go looking for it that a degree of normality returned. They added 77 together before both fell allowing Bangladesh to stifle any South African surge in the final two overs. After Rabada had floated up a couple of juicy half volleys to get Bangladesh on their way South Africa finally got the message and started hitting the middle of the pitch. A feather through to de Kock was thin enough for him not to appeal and for Tanzid Hasan to consider reviewing but that was the breakthrough. Nortje bounced out Najmul Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan, with only one delivery of his first twelve in the batter's half of the pitch. A partnership required by Bangladesh and a partnership they got, Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah adding 44 before Hridoy was lbw to Rabada - umpire’s call, maybe too close to call, in the eighteenth over, which went for only two singles. Eighteen required from the last two overs. A decent over from Baartman goes for 7, so 11 required off 6. And it's Maharaj with his SLA to bowl it! He starts with a wide trying to cramp the batter up. Another on a tight line gets an inside edge and single to square leg. Run out missed off the second as he fails to gather the return off a straight hit and they run 2. A catch at long on off the third, no power in the shot. LBW review as they run a leg bye off the fourth - impact just outside the line. Now 6 from 2. A full toss and a leaping, running catch at long on!!! As close as you could get to a Maximum and the win. One ball left and 6 to win. Another full toss and Taskin misses the chance of glory and can only slice for a single to extra cover. Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Looking back I suppose you have to say that eighteenth over from Rabada was the key - a wicket and two singles saving the day for South Africa.
Group A: India beat Pakistan by 6 runs
New York, 9 June.
India 119 (19 overs: Rishabh Pant 42, Axar Patel 20; Naseem Shah 3-12, Haris Rauf 3-21, Mohammad Amir 2-23)
Pakistan 113/7 (20 overs: Mohammad Rizwan 31; Jasprit Bumrah 3-14, Hardik Pandya 2-24)
After a delay due to a wet outfield it was first blood to Babar Azam who won the Toss and chose to field. Kohli and Rohit Sharma were both out in the first three overs before Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel steadied the ship with a 29 run partnership. India had reached 89/3 in the 12th over before they lost four wickets for just 7 runs to shots that hinted at the two paced nature of the pitch. A total of 119 is the highest so far at this ground. India make the breakthrough in the fifth over, Babar Azam steering a low catch to Yadav at slip before Muhammad Riwan and Usman Khan take the total to 57/1 at the half way stage. Some spin in the pitch for Jadeja but it is the seamers who have exploited the uneven bounce and found the gloves of the batters more than once. First ball after the drinks break left-arm spinner Axar Patel traps Usman Khan on the back foot with one that goes straight on, difficult to see why Umpire Rod Tucker initially gave it Not Out! Three down as Hardik Pandya bangs one into the pitch and it balloons off the top edge of Fakhar Zaman's bat to Pant running back over his head. Pitch now looking very two-paced - slow and slower, with nothing carrying through to the keeper on the full. Forty required off six overs and a heave across the line sees Rizwan bowled by Bumrah off the next ball. He hadn't been getting much of the strike and Imad Wasim was eating up deliveries so perhaps a bit of desperation in that shot - it certainy was a desperate looking one! Pakistan digging themselves into a hole - run rate slowing down, someone needs to grab a hold of this before it's too late, and it doesn't look like it's going to be Imad Wasim! Three overs, one each from Siraj, Bumrah banged into the middle of the pitch with no pace on the ball and a final over from Arshdeep in the blockhole won it for India, with considerable help from Pakistan along the way.
Group B: Oman lost to Scotland by 7 wickets
Antigua, 9 June.
Oman 150/7 (20 overs: Pratik Athavale 54, Ayaan Khan 41*; Safyaan Sharif 2-40)
Scotland 153/3 (13.1 overs: Brandon McMullen 61*, George Munsey 41)
A half century from Omani keeper Pratik Athavale ensured that Scotland would be tested when their turn to bat came as together with Ayaan Khan he added 43 for the fifth wicket. Safyaan Sharif playing his two hundredth game for Scotland the only bowler with more than one wicket but his final over the twentieth went for 15 enabling Oman to post 150. Two big sixes from Michael Jones before he is out, 21/1 off 3 overs. Munsey and McMullen added 65 before Munsey was out for 41 (2x4, 4x6) with McMullen going on to a 29 ball half-century and finishing the game in style with a boundary off the first ball of the fourteenth over. Scotland made that look incredibly easy and got a boost to their NRR into the bargain.
Group D: Netherlands lost to South Africa by 4 wickets
New York, 8 June.
Netherlands 103/9 (20 overs: Sybrand Englebrecht 40, Logan van Beek 23; Ottneil Baartman 4-11, Anrich Nortje 2-19, Marco Jansen 2-20)
South Africa 106/6 (18.5 overs: David Miller 59*, Tristan Stubbs 33; Vivian Kingma 2-12, Logan van Beek 2-21)
It was a new pitch, but the old story, with batting a struggle on the much criticised 'drop-ins' at the 'pop-up' venue in 'New York' or thereabouts. It took a half-century partnership between Sybrand Englebrecht and Logan van Beek to drag the Oranje from 48/6 to 102/7, before Ottneill Baartman collected his second two wickets to finish with 4-11. The worst possible start to the chase saw de Kock run out off the first ball without facing. Logan van Beek clipped Hendricks off bail, and Vivian Kingma had Markram caught behind and suddenly it was 3-3! Klassen caught in the deep off Kingma made it 12/4 before Tristan Stubbs and David Miller added 65 for the fifth wicket. However South Africa still needed 25 off the final three overs. Nine came off the eighteenth thanks to a Six from Miller but with another wicket, that of Jansen falling to van Beek. The Dutch seam trio of Kingma, van Beek and van Meekeren are classic, 'hit your length', 'top of off' bowlers, while Bas de Leede is more of the seemingly 'modern mix it up' type. Sixteen needed off two overs then, and de Leede to bowl the nineteenth. It was all over in 5 balls as Miller went 6,2,0,4,6, de Leede paying a heavy price for his variations. A thriller, but low scoring continues to be the talking point at the venue.
Group B: Australia beat England by 36 runs
Bridgetown, 8 June.
Australia 201/7 (20 overs: David Warner 39, Mitch Marsh 35, Travis Head 34, Marcus Stoinis 30, Glenn Maxwell 28; Chris Jordan 2-44)
England 165/6 (20 overs: Jos Buttler 42, Phil Salt 37, Moeen Ali 25, Harry Brook 20*; Pat Cummins 2-23, Adam Zampa 2-28)
A seventy run opening partnership in just five overs set the tone for an Australian innings in which there were runs all down the order. Jack's off-spin went for 22 in the second over and he was never seen again while the only England bowler to claim two wickets did so in the 20th over. Salt and Buttler began the chase adding 73 at 10 an over but the rest of the line up could not keep that going and as wickets fell the required rate climbed higher. Comfortable in the end for Australia despite a little Harry Brook and Liam Livingstone flurry at the end which never threatened to win the game but served to add a few decimal points to England's Nett Run Rate.
Group C: West Indies beat Uganda by 134 runs
Georgetown, 8 June.
West Indies 173/5 (20 overs: Johnson Charles 44, Andre Russell 30*, Rovman Powell 23, Sherfane Rutherford 22, Nicholas Pooran 22; Brian Masaba 2-31)
Uganda 39 (12 overs: Akeal Hosein 5-11, Alzarri Joseph 2-6)
Uganda simply blown away, recording the joint lowest team total in a T20 World Cup. With Afghanistan dismissing New Zealand for 75 at the same venue the slow nature of the pitches in Guyana suggested that the Windies 173 would be more than enough to claim the win. No 'big' scorers for the home side in that total, everyone getting a start but no one going on against Uganda's stronger suit. What followed after the change of innings was a total demolition of Uganda's batting line up, let-arm spinner Akeal Hossain claiming 5 of the first 6 batsmen to fall for just 11 runs. From 28/8 a total of 39 represented something of a recovery, Juma Myagi's 13 the only double figure score in a chastening experience for his side.
Group D: Sri Lanka lost to Bangladesh by 2 wickets
Dallas, 7 June.
Sri Lanka 124/9 (20 overs: Pathum Nissanka 47, Dhananjaya de Silva 21; Mustafizur Rahman 3-17, Rishad Hossain 3-22, Taskin Ahmed 2-25)
Bangladesh 125/8 (19 overs: Towhid Hridoy 40, Litton Das 36; Nuwan Thushara 4-18, Wanindu Hasaranga 2-32)
Sri Lanka were always going to struggle after losing their last six wickets for only 24 runs against disciplined Bangladeshi bowling from seamer Mustfizur Rahman and legspinner Rishad Hossain. But it was nearly enough, with a four wicket haul by Nuwan Thushara dragging his side back into contention. Rahman would be declared MOM but it was three sixes from Hridoy off Hasaranga that made the difference in a tense finish, Bnagladesh squeezing home with six balls to spare.
Group C: New Zealand lost to Afghanistan by 84 runs
Georgetown, 7 June.
Afghanistan 159/6 (20 overs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz 80, Ibrahim Zadran 44, Azmatullah Omarza 22; Trent Boult 2-22, Matt Henry 2-37)
New Zealand 75 (15.2 overs: Fazal Farooqi 4-17, Rashid Khan 4-17, Mohammad Nabi 2-16)
A second successive century opening partnership between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran set Afghanistan on their way to a stunning win over New Zealand. With that solid platform established Afghanistan piled on the runs scoring 104 in the second ten overs, Gurbaz hitting 5x4 & 5x6 in his 56 ball innings of 80 that ended in the final over when Trent Boult claimed his two wickets plus the run out of Rashid Khan. New Zealand's reply could not have had a worse start with Left-arm seamer Fazal Farooqi claiming the wicket of Finn Allen first ball, and following it with those of Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell in his second over. Farooqi the lone seamer in the Afgan attack with their four spinners dominating the rest of the Kiwi lineup. Afghanistan rampant and much to think about for New Zealand after their first game of the Tournament.
Group A: Canada beat Ireland by 12 runs
New York, 7 June.
Canada 137/7 (20 overs; Nicholas Kirton 49, Shreyas Movva 37; Barry McCarthy 2-24, Craig Young 2-32)
Ireland 125/7 (20 overs; Mark Adair 34 , George Dockrell 30*; Jeremy Gordon 2-16, Dilon Heyliger 2-18)
Ireland's T20 World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after a shock 12-run loss to Canada - the lowest ranked side in the 20-team competition. Nicholas Kirton scored a Man of the Match 49 to help the Canadians to 137 for 7 - two wickets apiece for Craig Young and Barry McCarthy. The Irish reply started slowly as they slumped to 59 for 6 in the 13th over, before they finally kicked into life. Mark Adair hit 34 as he and George Dockrell - who made an unbeaten 30 - added 62 for the 7th wicket, but with 17 needed from the last over, they could only manage four to finish on 125 for 7. Ireland will now need to beat USA and Pakistan in their two remaining games next week in Florida, and hope results elsewhere go their way, but given their poor NRR, they are in effect all but eliminated.
Group A: USA beat Pakistan in a Super Over
Dallas, 6 June.
Pakistan 159/7 (20 overs: Babar Azam 44, Shadab Khan 40, Shaheen Shah Afridi 23*; Nosthush Kenjige 3-30, Saurabh Netravalkar 2-18)
USA 159/3 (20 overs: Monak Patel 50, Aaron Jones 36*, Andries Gous 35)
It took a 72 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Babar Azam and Shadab Khan to drag Pakistan back from a precarious 26/3 and then some typical hard hitting from Shaheen Shah Afridi to set the home side a target of 160. With Steven Taylor and Monak Patel getting the chase off to a good start Patel and Andries Gous saw the hundred raised with USA looking for all the world like the 95% favourites the win predictor was forecasting. But with Gous and Patel’s departures in quick succession, the odds changed dramatically, and it was left to Aaron Jones and Nitish Kumar to get 14 of the 15 required from the final over to take the game to a Super Over. Here we go. Mohammad Amir to bowl - Aaron Jones to face - 4, 2, 1, wd+1, 1, wd+1, 2, wd+2, 1Wkt. = 18. Amir went for yorkers and conceded wides on both sides of the wicket. Great chance of a win for USA? Saurabh Netravalkar to bowl, so both sides go with left arm seamers. Iftikhar Ahmed to face - dot, 4, wd, Wkt (full toss caught by long off running in and diving forward. Lots of replays but it looks like he's got his fingers under it, and finally it's confirmed). 14 needed off 3 balls. New batter Shadab Khan to face - wd, (13 off 3), 4lb, 2, Seven off one! And it's only a single - U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A, by 5 runs. Sensational result means USA are two wins from two. Be afraid, be very afraid!
Group B: Namibia lost to Scotland by 5 wickets
Bridgetown, 6 June.
Namibia 155/9 (20 overs: Gerhard Erasmus 52, Zane Green 28, Nikolaas Davin 20; Brad Wheal 3-33, Brad Currie 2-16)
Scotland 157/5 (18.3 overs: Richie Berrington 47*, Michael Laesk 35, Michael Jones 26; Gerhard Erasmus 2-29)
Three early wickets rocked Namibia who opted to bat first, with Kotze, Frylinck and Davin all gone inside the Powerplay, before skipper Erasmus and keeper Zane Green added 51 for the fifth wicket. Scotland came back well in the final overs when it looked like Namibia might have a late surge and they will be happy to have got away with conceding only 155. Munsey falls for a laboured 7 off 15, caught on the ring at mid off and it hasn't been the same kind of start for the Scots as they enjoyed against England. Michael Jones edges Erasmus behind and it's Brandon McMullen and Scots skipper Richie Berrington who need to get a partnership going but.... McMullan stretches out of his crease to Erasmus, Green drops the ball but has time to pick it up and remove the bails as McMullen stands thinking he has his foot back, but it isn't! A missed sweep at slow left armer Scholtz claims Matty Cross lbw. 40 required off the last 4 overs for Berrington and Laesk. Unbelievably Wiese goes for 19 having bowled his first two overs for only 3 runs. Scotland's to lose now. Laesk holes out to long on but that partnership of 74 off 41 balls has won it for Scotland, Berrington finishing things off with a big six over long on. Scotland top of Group B tonight.
Group A: India beat Ireland by 8 wickets
New York, 5 June.
Ireland 96 (16 overs: Gareth Delany 26; Hardik Pandya 3-27, Jasprit Bumrah 2-6, Arshdeep Singh 2-35)
India 97/2 (12.2 overs: Rohit Sharma 52 ret.hurt. Rishabh Pant 36*)
Gareth Delany top-scored with 26.
Ireland's T20 World Cup opener turned into a nightmare as India tore them apart on a brutal track in New York. The Irish lost a crucial toss and their innings was soon in tatters at 50 for 8, staring down the barrel at their lowest T20 WC total - 68 against the West Indies. Gareth Delany struck a few lusty blows in a top score of 26 to get them to 96. It was never going to be enough as India strolled to the win at a canter thanks to a Half century from Rohit Sharma and Rishbabh Pant's unbeaten 36. Mark Adair and Ben White with the consolation wickets for Ireland, who have little time to lick their wounds with their next game on Friday against Canada at the same venue, but hopefully not on the same pitch.
Group C: Papua New Guinea lost to Uganda by 3 wickets
Georgetown, 6 June.
Papua New Guinea 77 (19.1 overs: Frank Nsubuga 2-4, Juma Miyagi 2-10, Cosmas Kyewuta 2-17, Alpesh Ramjani 2-17)
Uganda 78/7 (18.2 overs: Rizat Ali Shah 33; Alei Nao 2-16, Norman Vanua 2-19)
A first T20 World Cup win for Uganda but not the straightforward one that looked in prospect at the change of innings afetr they had bowled out PNG for just 77. Only three PNG batters managed double figures, Hiri Hiri's 15 the top score while there were two wickets each for four of the Uganda bowlers with Frank Nsubuga bowling his four overs for only four runs. The chase was anything but easy as three wickets fell in as many overs and Uganda slumped to 26/5 before a watchful Rizat Ali Shah added 35 with Juma Miyagi for the sixth wicket and marshalled his side to the win falling within one shot of victory.
Group B: Australia beat Oman by 39 runs
Bridgetown, 6 June.
Australia 164/5 (20 overs: Marcus Stoinis 67*, David Warner 56; Mehran Khan 2-38)
Oman 125/9 (20 overs: Ayaan Khan 36, Mehran Khan 27; Marcus Stoinis 3-19, Mitchell Starc 2-20, Adam Zampa 2-24, Nathan Ellis 2-28)
A century partnership between David Warner and Marcus Stoinis was the highlight of an Australian innings that saw them with only 56 on the board for the loss of three wickets at the half way stage. Their partnership ensured that 108 runs were added in the second ten overs and gave Australia a total they could be confident of defending. There was a wicket for Mitchell Starc in the first over of Oman's reply, two for Nathan Ellis and two for Marcus Stoinis before the drinks break, before Adam's Zampa ensured that there would be no second-half surge for the batting side. There will be bigger battles ahead for Australia but they will be happy to be up and running with a solid performance.
Group B: England v Scotland - no result
Bridgetown, 4 June.
Scotland 90/0 (10 overs: Michael Jones 45*, George Munsey 41*)
England 0/0 (0 overs) (Rain interrupted - England target 109 in 10 overs.)
A bleak Kensington Oval in Bridgetown
A great start by Scotland saw them reach 51 without loss before the rain arrived with 6.2 overs gone. A restart with the game reduced to 10 overs per side meant that Scotland would face another 22 balls raising their total to 90. DLS set England a target of 109 in their ten but the rain returned during the change of innings forcing the abandonment of the game.
Group D: Netherlands beat Nepal by 6 wickets
Dallas, 4 June.
Nepal 106 (19.2 overs: Rohit Paudel 35; Logan van Beek 3-18, Tim Pringle 3-20, Paul van Meekeren 2-19, Bas de Leede 2-22)
Netherlands 109/4 (18.4 overs: Max O'Dowd 54*, Vikram Singh 22)
With only 106 to defend it was always going to be an uphill task for Nepal to record a win, and a couple of straighforward catches going to ground didn't help their cause. But a sell-out crowd in Grand Prairie that was 99.9% Nepali supporters cheered them on in a show of support that other countries can only dream of. Skipper Rohit Paudel top scored for his side but spilled a chance at long-off from O'Dowd late on, perhaps their last chance of hanging on for the win. With 13 needed from the final two overs O'Dowd went 4, 6, 1 off Bohara leaving Bas de Leede to drive the next to the fence to seal the win.
Group D: Sri Lanka lost to South Africa by 6 wickets
East Meadow, New York, 3 June.
Sri Lanka 77 (19.1 Overs: Anrich Nortje 4-7, Kagiso Rabada 2-21, Keshav Maharaj 2-22)
South Africa 80/4 (16.2 overs: Quinton de Kock 20; Wanindu Hasaranga 2-22)
Tough going for Sri Lanka after they opted to bat first with the drop-in pitch in New York seemingly two-paced and not conducive to free scoring stroke play. At the halfway stage half the side were out and they had reached only 40. And it was only thanks to Angelo Mathews striking two sixes that they managed to reach 71. Anrich Nortje’s figures of 4-7 in his four overs perhaps an indication that batting wasn’t easy although several Sri Lankan batters conspired in their own downfall. Some success early on in the chase for Sri Lanka when a flat footed Reeza Hendricks steered his second delivery to slip and Aiden Markram followed suit, a second catch for Mendis. It could have been even better as Stubbs was dropped on nought, a straightforward edge to keeper Mendis. Ten overs gone and South Africa have battled to 47/2, tip and run - which I think tells you all you need to know about the pitch. A disappointed De Kock pops back a caught and bowled to Wanindu Hasaranga and Stubbs drives him to short extra - only 20 needed so Klassen and Miller will surely get this done and indeed they do. Next game on this ground is India versus Ireland on Wednesday - neither will fancy playing on this pitch. There are four drop-in pitches on the ‘square’, one has been used in a warmup game and there are two ‘fresh’ ones available. There will already be a plan in place for the use of all four, it remains to be seen if on today’s evidence there will be a rethink.
Group C: Afghanistan beat Uganda by 125 runs
Georgetown, 3 June.
Afghanistan 183/5 (20 overs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz 76, Ibrahim Zadran 70; Brian Masaba 2-21, Cosmas Kyewuta 2-25)
Uganda 58 (16 overs: Fazal Farooqi 5-9, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-4, Rashid Khan 2-12)
A decision that Sir Humphrey Appleby would describe as 'brave' saw Uganda ask Afghanistan to bat first, and bat they did! An opening partnership of 154 between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran at ten an over meant that even with the loss of wickets in the final overs, the game was finished as a contest by the change of innings. The first over of the chase confirmed that was indeed the case, as after being driven for a boundary first ball, the pacy left arm inswing of Fazal Farooqi accounted for Ronak Patel and Roger Mukasa with his next two. Three more would fall before the drinks break, two to the pace of Naveen-ul-haq and one to the mystery spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leaving Uganda 38/5 at that stage. In fact that represented something of a recovery from 18/5, but the return of Farooqi signalled the beginning of the end, as he once again found himself on a hat-trick after just two more deliveries, and a third off the final ball of the over saw him finish his third over with the remarkable figures of 5-7. And just when you thought that for once Rashid Khan would go wicketless, he claimed the final two with the fifth and sixth deliveries of his final over to wrap up an overwhelming win for his side.
Group C: West Indies beat Papua New Guinea by 5 wickets
Georgetown, 2 June.
Papua New Guinea 136/8 (20 overs: Sese Bau 50, Kiplin Doriga 27*; Andre Russell 2-19, Alzarri Joseph 2-34)
West Indies 137/5 (19 overs: Roston Chase 42*, Brandon King 34, Nicolas Pooran 27; Asa Vala 2-28)
Papua New Guinea made a valiant attempt to defend a below par score and it took a late blast from Roston Chase to deny them a huge upset win. A Sese Bau half-century ensured that PNG had at least something to defend. Alei Nao trapped Johnson Charles lbw with the first delivery of the second over and 8/1 should have been 8/2 as Nicholas Pooran was stuck in front three balls later, inexplicably given not out and PNG not reviewing, the replay showing three Reds! Pooran went on to score 27 but it took a 27 ball 42 not out from Roston Chase (4x4, 2x6) to save the Windies blushes.
Group B: Namibia beat Oman in a Super Over
Bridgetown, 2 June.
Oman 109 (19.4 overs: Khalid Kail 34, Zeeshan Maqsood 22; Ruben Trumpleman 4-21, David Wiese 3-28, Gerhard Erasmus 2-20)
Namibia 109/6 (20 overs: Jan Frylinck 45, Nikolaas Davin 25; Mehran Khan 3-7) (Super Over - Namibia 21, Oman 10/1))
After bowling out Oman for just 109 Namibia were on course to claim the win requiring only 18 off the final three overs, and ultimately 5 off the last. But an inspired Mehran Khan claimed two wickets in that over, and restricted David Wiese to the tying single off the final ball to take the game to a Super Over. Wiese started 4, 6 against Bilal Khan, and Erasmus finished it 4, 4 to post a formidable 21. Wiese then sealed the win and his MOM award, bowling Naseem Khushi with his third delivery, leaving Oman needing 20 off the last 3 rendering Oman skipper Aqib Ilyas' maximum off the final ball academic.
Group A: USA beat Canada by 7 wickets
Dallas, 1 June.
Canada 194/5 (20 overs: Navneet Dhaliwal 61, Nicholas Kirton 51, Sheryas Movva 32*, Aaron Johnson 23)
USA 197/3 (17.4 overs: Aaron Jones 94*, Andries Gous 65)
The opening game of the T20 World Cup did not disappoint the home fans who saw an explosive display of hitting from Aaron Jones take down their continental neighbours. Half centuries from Navneet Dhaliwal and Nicholas Kirton had set the hosts a challenging target of 195 and at the half-way stage of the chase with USA 73/2, they may have been thinking the game was theirs for the taking. Less than eight overs later however it was the home side who were celebrating a stunning victory. 124 runs were added in those overs by newly qualified South African Andries Gous and ‘Native New Yorker’ Aaron Jones who blasted an unbeaten 94 off just 40 balls clearing the ropes 10 times including the final flourish to claim the win.
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T20 World Cup
24 June Group 2: West Indies v South Africa (Antigua)
24 June Group 1: Australia v India (St Lucia)
25 June Group 1: Afghanistan v Bangladesh (St Vincent)
Ireland Academy
25 June 2nd 4-day match: Emerging Ireland v West Indies Academy (Stormont)
NCU Premier League
29 June Carrickfergus v North Down (Middle Road)
29 June CIYMS v Instonians (Belmont)
29 June Cliftonville Academy v CSNI (Castle Grounds)
29 June Muckamore v Woodvale (Moylena)
29 June Waringstown v Lisburn (The Lawn)
NCU Section 1
29 June Armagh v Templepatrick (The Mall)
29 June Ballymena v Donacloney Mill (Eaton Park)
29 June Cregagh v Derriaghy (Cregagh Memorial)
29 June Laurelvale v Drumaness Superkings (Laurelvale)
29 June Lurgan v Belfast (Pollock Park)
CL Premier League
29 June Leinster v Balbriggan (Rathmines)
29 June Pembroke v Merrion (Sydney Parade)
29 June Clontarf v Phoenix (Castle Avenue)
CL Championship
29 June North County v Railway Union (Balrothery)
29 June The Hills v Rush (The Vineyard)
29 June Civil Service v Terenure (Phoenix Park)
29 June North Kildare v Cork County (The Maws)
NW Premiership
29 June Coleraine v Eglinton (Sandel Lodge)
29 June Ardmore v Newbuildings (The Bleachgreen)
29 June Brigade v Bready (Beechgrove)
29 June Killyclooney v Donemana (Killyclooney)
NW Championship
29 June Glendermott v St Johnston (The Rectory)
29 June Bonds Glen v Strabane (Bonds Glen)
29 June The Nedd v Fox Lodge (The Nedd)
29 June Ballyspallen v Burndennett (Ballyspallen)
Faughan Valley Cup
27 June Semi-final: Brigade v Bready (Beechgrove)
27 June Semi-final: Ardmore v Donemana (The Bleachgreen)
Eric Cooke Cup
27 June Semi-final: Newbuildings v Bonds Glen (Foyleview Arena)
27 June Semi-final: Killyclooney v Eglinton (Killyclooney)
Sperrin Springs Cup
27 June Semi-final: Coleraine v Strabane (Sandel Lodge)
27 June Semi-final: St Johnston v Fox Lodge (The Boathole)
NWCU Women
24 June Bonds Glen v Eglinton (Bonds Glen)
24 June Bready v Coleraine (Magheramason)
24 June Newbuildings v Strabane (Foyleview Arena)
Latest Photos
 Fox Lodge v Glendermott
22 June (Strabane Chronicle)
Johnny Thompson of Newbuildings after cup win
 Johnny Thompson