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USA seal ODI status for the first time
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USA seal ODI status for the first time

The United States Wednesday sealed ODI status for the first time with a third straight victory at the World Cricket League Division Two event in Namibia.

The US thrashed Hong Kong by 84 runs to wrap up a top-four place in the six-team competition.

At the end of the tournament, the number of ODI nations will rise to 20, with the top four sides in the tournament to join Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and the Netherlands in having temporary status.

The US will now be able to play 36 ODIs in the next two and a half years.

"Moving forward, playing competitive ODI cricket for the next two and a half years is another level, bringing the team to this will require more hard work," said USA coach Pubudu Dassanayake.

Former Windies batsman Xavier Marshall hit 100 as the Americans made 280-8 batting first, with Hong Kong managing just 196-7 in their run chase.

Oman have also secured their ODI status, leaving Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Canada and Hong Kong to fight it out for the remaining two places.