Favourites prosper as others struggle in South Africa

Ireland continued their serene progress through the group stage of the CWC 2011 qualifiers with a win that was comfortable in the end against Oman. Having been 46-4 at one point an unbeaten 101 from Kevin O’Brien (pictured left, supported by 70 from Andrew White) set a challenging target of 285. The Omani openers had the Irish worried for a time, adding 98 for the first wicket before being removed by MOTM spinner Regan West who returned match figures of 5-26 as Oman capitulated to 169 all out leaving Ireland winners by 116 runs.

In other news, this correspondent’s punditry career is at an end after Namibia lost to Scotland and are on the brink of elimination, while in Group B Afghanistan’s improbable run continued as they beat 2007 CWC qualifiers Bermuda. Holland and Canada are also unbeaten so far.

Today’s match pits the Irish against Uganda, Namibia’s conquerors on match day 1. Looking good so far as Uganda have been dismissed for 155 (White 4-22) with Ireland racing along in reply to 81-1 after 15 overs (text commentary here).

Afghanistan are up against it chasing 283 against Kenya, Namibia will not be getting the skipper a drink after Canada were inserted and made 319 while in a potential shock, Oman are off to a flyer in pursuit of 274 against the Scots. Updates later.

Update Ireland win by 6 wickets and qualify for the Super-8s. Match Summary: Uganda 155 (44.2 ov) Kwebiha 51; White 4-22 Ireland 160-4 (31 ov) Wilson 61

Update Canada progress to the next phase after giving Namibia a hiding – the Africans now staring at the trapdoor; Kenya strengthen their position after beating the Afghans; Oman so nearly took a great scalp but the Scots sneak through by 9 runs; Holland who were looking good have been turned over by UAE – all to play for in Group B, Group A looks like Namibia, Uganda and Bermuda fighting it out for 4th spot.