Twose misses out on century

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New Zealand 276-8 United Arab Emirates 167-9 NZ win by 109 runs

Roger Twose and Craig Spearman hit half-centuries as New Zealand crushed the United Arab Emirates in Faisalabad, Pakistan to seal their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Twose, the former Warwickshire left-hander, narrowly missed his maiden one-day international century with 92 from 112 balls, including eight fours.

Spearman scored a forceful 78 from 77 balls to help New Zealand to 276 for 8 in 47 overs.

The Group B match was reduced from 50 to 47 overs after heavy mist delayed the start for an hour. The New Zealand bowlers kept up the pressure on the UAE, who limped to 167 for 9 in their 47 overs.

It was New Zealand's third victory in four matches. They lost by five wickets against South Africa at the same venue. Shane Thomson finished with 3 for 20 and Dion Nash 2 for 34.

For the UAE it was their fourth defeat but Johanne Samarsekera, batting at No 9, made a valiant unbeaten 47 with seven fours from 59 balls.

(United Arab Emirates won toss)

NEW ZEALAND

C M Spearman b Saleem Raza 78

N J Astle b Samarasekera 2

S P Fleming c and b Dukanwala 16

R G Twose c M Hussain b Azhar Saeed 92

C L Cairns c Imtiaz Abbasi b Zarawani 6

A C Parore c Azhar Saeed b Zarawani 15

S A Thomson not out 31

*L K Germon b Azhar Saeed 3

D J Nash lbw b Azhar Saeed 8

D K Morrison not out 10

Extras (b2, lb12, nb1) 15

Total (for 8, 47 overs) 276

Fall: 1-11, 2-42, 3-162, 4-173, 5-210, 6-228, 7-239, 8-266.

Did not bat: R K Kennedy.

Bowling: Samarasekera 6-0-30-1; Arshad Laiq 2-0-16-0; Saleem Raza 9-0- 48-1; Dukanwala 10-0-46-1; Mazhar Hussain 3-0-28-0; Azhar Saeed 7-0-45- 3; Zarawani 10-0-49-2.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Azhar Saeed c Fleming b Nash 5

Saleem Raza c Kennedy b Morrison 21

Mazhar Hussain c Cairns b Thomson 29

Vijay Mehra c Cairns b Thomson 12

Mohammad Ishaq c Cairns b Kennedy 8

Mohammad Aslam c Twose b Thomson 1

S Dukanwala c and b Cairns 8

Arshad Laiq run out 14

J Samarasekera not out 47

*S Zarawani c Thomson b Nash 13

Imtiaz Abbasi not out 2

Extras (lb2, w3, nb2) 7

Total (for 9, 47 overs) 167

Fall: 1-23, 2-29, 3-65, 4-70, 5-81, 6-88, 7-92, 8-124, 9-162.

Bowling: Morrison 7-0-37-1; Nash 9-1-34-2; Cairns 10-2-31-1; Kennedy 6-0-20-1; Thomson 10-2-20-3; Astle 5-0-23-0.

Umpires: B C Cooray (S Lanka), S Venkataraghavan (Ind).

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