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Hong Kong overcame a disastrousstart to beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 29 runs at the ZayedCricket Stadium here today to secure a historic berth in theICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.Completing the line-up was the Netherlands which defeatedScotland by eight wickets with 13 balls to spare, followingWesley Barresi's 75 not out, Ben Cooper's 40 and MichaelSwart's 30 not out.With captain Jamie Atkinson watching from the sidelinesdue to a broken thumb, Hong Kong recovered from 19 for fourinside four overs to post 137 for nine. Munir Dar then struckwith three for 26 and Haseeb Amjad bagged two for 18 as HongKong bowled out PNG for 108 with five balls remaining.Like Nepal, Hong Kong will be making a maiden appearanceat the global stage when it will arrive in Bangladesh in March2014 where the West Indies will defend its men's title andAustralia will defend its women's title.The Netherlands had last played in the 2009 event in theEngland and had upset the host nation in the tournament openerat the Lord's.Today's results mean that all six qualification spots atthe ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 have been secured, withthe six non-Test playing nations being Afghanistan, Ireland,Hong Kong, Nepal, the Netherlands and the UAE.Meanwhile, Italy's Gareth Berg registered the firsthat-trick in the history of the competition as the Europe sidedefeated Namibia by 25 runs to secure ninth position.In the first of the day's two broadcast matches, HongKong's Babar Hayat (48), along with Mark Chapman (28 from 24balls) and Munir Dar (22 from 15 balls) steadied the shipafter their side had slipped to 19 for four in 3.5 overs.After Chapman's dismissal in the 18th over, Hong Konglost three more wickets in five balls for two runs to finishat 137 for nine.PNG's Pipi Raho (three for 22) and Willie Gavera (threefor 23) were the main wicket-takers.In reply, PNG continued to lose wickets at regularintervals, which also prevented it from maintaining therequired run-rate. As a result, it needed 63 runs off thefinal 36 balls, which was always a difficult task. PNG waseventually bowled out for 108 in 19.1 overs with Tony Ura (21)and Geraint Jones (20) being the only notable run-getters.PTI

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