Cricket Oman secure historic World Twenty20 qualification

A five-wicket win over Namibia ensured history for Oman as they qualified for the ICC World Twenty20.

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Oman secure historic World Twenty20 qualification play

Oman secure historic World Twenty20 qualification

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Oman have qualified for their first major international competition, securing a place at the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Victory in the ACC Twenty20 Cup provided Oman with a spot in the World Twenty20 qualifier and, after advancing to the play-offs by finishing fourth in Pool B on net run rate, they made history by recording a five-wicket win over Namibia on Thursday.

Stephan Baard top scored with 62 as Namibia made 148-9 from their 20 overs, but Zeeshan Siddiqui's 51 off 32 balls guided Oman home with an over to spare at Malahide.

The win sees Oman become the lowest ranked nation to qualify for a World Cup and earn Twenty20 international status.

Siddiqui said: "Our plan was to keep the required run-rate below eight. We wanted to play positive cricket. Our plan has worked and we are very happy. I'm not taking any pressure and the results are there to see."

Captain Sultan Ahmed added: "Very important win for us. We are going to party tonight."

Afghanistan are also through to the World T20 in India for the fourth time following a six-wicket success against Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea were restricted to 127-6 after choosing to bat, and Nawroz Mangal's 65 not out led Afghanistan to 128-4 with 10 balls remaining.

Joining that pair in the World T20 are Ireland and Scotland, who topped their respective pools, as well as Hong Kong and Netherlands.

Hong Kong overcame Afghanistan and Netherlands got the better of Namibia on Tuesday.

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