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    **Official** ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2013/14

    Apologies if there is already a thread for this, I couldn't find it.

    This starts in New Zealand in a few days.

    GROUP A

    Nepal
    UAE
    Hong Kong
    Scotland
    Canada

    GROUP B

    Kenya
    Netherlands
    Namibia
    PNG
    Uganda

    My understanding is that the top two teams qualify for the 2015 World Cup and the top 6 teams gain ODI status. Not sure how many of you follow associate cricket, but thought I'd post anyway.

    I'm backing Netherlands and Kenya for the top 2 spots.

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    The Dutch should be the best team here, but group A looks a tough proposition for Scotland & Canada. Nepal, UAE and Hong Kong have all been improving recently, whilst Namibia don't seem to have made much progress and PNG and Uganda look noticeably weaker than the Dutch.

    Still, who will prefer NZ conditions? Do the Dutch have Peter Borren in their team? If so, then a bit of home town advantage there. Canada to recall Geoff Barnett and Ian Billcliff.
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    Interesting to see ol' Geraint Jones turning out for PNG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    The Dutch should be the best team here, but group A looks a tough proposition for Scotland & Canada. Nepal, UAE and Hong Kong have all been improving recently, whilst Namibia don't seem to have made much progress and PNG and Uganda look noticeably weaker than the Dutch.

    Still, who will prefer NZ conditions? Do the Dutch have Peter Borren in their team? If so, then a bit of home town advantage there. Canada to recall Geoff Barnett and Ian Billcliff.
    Borren is captaining The Netherlands.

    Kenya have recalled some veterans in Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo and Lameck Onyango.


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    Is there a fixture list anywhere with locations where the matches are being played? Might go and see one or two if there are any locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Is there a fixture list anywhere with locations where the matches are being played? Might go and see one or two if there are any locally.
    Fixtures, Schedule | ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier | ESPN Cricinfo

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    Canada to recall John Davison IMO.
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    Bloody hell. Nearest match to me is in New Plymouth.

    Whilst Christchurch gets games, as well as additional matches held locally in Rangiora and Lincoln.

    This is the only match I could reasonably drive to:

    Sunday, 19th January: 12th Match, Group B - Netherlands v Papua New Guinea
    Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

    Tempting...

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    That is insane. And, while not quite as bad, Mt Maunganui's a bit out of reach for a day trip for Aucklanders too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Bloody hell. Nearest match to me is in New Plymouth.

    Whilst Christchurch gets games, as well as additional matches held locally in Rangiora and Lincoln.

    This is the only match I could reasonably drive to:

    Sunday, 19th January: 12th Match, Group B - Netherlands v Papua New Guinea
    Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

    Tempting...
    That'd be a decent match. I wouldn't be surprised to see PNG do well in this. They have been playing in the Premier Cricket League in Adelaide. I can only assume Australian pitches are similar to those in NZ, although obviously weather conditions are different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alvarez View Post
    That'd be a decent match. I wouldn't be surprised to see PNG do well in this. They have been playing in the Premier Cricket League in Adelaide. I can only assume Australian pitches are similar to those in NZ, although obviously weather conditions are different.
    Hrmm. Pitches in NZ are markedly different, in general.

    But yeah, Netherlands vs. PNG should be a decent game, even though the Dutch will be firm favourites. Plus Pukekura Park is one of the best grounds in the world to watch cricket,

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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    you kiwis think fourty k's is far away.
    Because of the quality of our roads, it is. Don't have these flash motorways you Aussies have,except in Auckland where motorways act as a glorified carpark.

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    most of the roads i went on the south island were bewdy, except the really steep ones around akaroa

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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    most of the roads i went on the south island were bewdy, except the really steep ones around akaroa
    Yeah, they can be a bit hit & miss. Definitely better than Tasmanian roads, which were awful. South Island East Coast roads are decent enough, but West Coast is pretty hard yakka, but the scenery is stunning.

    If we're talking reality though, then New Plymouth is a 5 hour drive one-way from Wellington, which given there are plenty of great cricket grounds in between seems a little harsh on the cricket fans of Wellington. Especially when the Basin is available and not getting used for the World Cup proper.

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