NAPIER - The West Indies reached World Cup quarter-final place after overpowering the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in their last Pool B match on Sunday. They reached their victory target of 176 runs in just 30.3 overs in Napier.

After a laboured performance in the field in the must-win match, the West Indies picked up the intensity when batting, as the storm clouds on the fringes of Cyclone Pam edged towards McLean Park. A washout would have ended their World Cup campaign but the weather held off and the West Indies got the win they needed.

Pakistan win over Ireland in Adelaide later on Sunday meant the Caribbean side was safely through to the knock-out stage.

 Charles, making his first World Cup appearance after being brought in as an injury replacement for Darren Bravo, was thrust into the starting XI at the last minute when Chris Gayle pulled out with a back injury.

But there was no sign of rustiness as he and fellow opener Dwayne Smith launched into Nasir Aziz when UAE skipper M Tauqir decided his batting hero should opening the bowling with a touch of spin. Charles's cavalier innings ended on 55 off 40 deliveries and Andre Russell added seven before Carter (50 not out) and Denesh Ramdin (33 not out) saw the West Indies to a comfortable victory.

Charles, who hit nine fours and two sixes, was undone when he mistimed an attempt to drive Amjad Javed and skied the ball to Krishna Chandran at mid-on. The wicket capped a solid all-round game for Javed, who took two for 29. He'd earlier featured in a 107-run stand with Aziz that frustrated the West Indies after the Middle East amateurs had been reduced to 46 for six.

Gayle's absence made the option of batting first and piling up a huge total a less attractive option for the West Indies . Holder took the alternative route when he chose to field first after winning the toss in the hope of bowling out the UAE cheaply. He played his part with his best World Cup performance of four for 27 as he bowled himself out at the top of the innings.

But once Holder had used up his 10 overs and UAE were on the ropes, Javed and Aziz found the middle-overs attack of Kemar Roach much to their liking. Aziz, in only his third ODI and not required to bat in the first two, looked very accomplished as he smacked eight fours in his 60 off 86 deliveries. Javed topped his previous best of 42 as he reached his first half-century and with Aziz he posted the equal fourth-highest partnership in the UAE's ODI history after also making 107 with Shaiman Anwar earlier in the World Cup against Ireland. But once Aziz and Javed were dismissed the innings folded quickly, with the last three wickets falling for eight runs.

No rift in team, says Holder

West Indies skipper Jason Holder dismissed talk of a rift in the ranks Sunday as he led his side to a likely World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand. Holder, a surprise choice to lead the West Indies to the World Cup, appeared to be involved in an on-field argument with former captain Darren Sammy during their must-win final Pool B match against the United Arab Emirates in Napier.

Sammy was brought on to try to break the partnership with the score at 108-6 after 30 overs and was not happy when taken out of the attack after just one over that yielded four runs. Sammy and Holder appeared have strong words which Holder later played down as "a little banter on the field" saying they wanted to have some fun but "unfortunately it probably didn't look that way."

He later conceded they "had a little tussle there. It's just part of the game. At the end of the day we shake hands and still smile together." Sammy later posted a picture on Instagram of him enjoying a beer with Holder in the locker room although his conciliatory smile was in stark contrast to his captain's stony-faced expression.

"I couldn't ask for anything more from the guys. It was a must-win game and we had to win by a big margin and the way the guys came out and played cricket I can't ask for much more," he said.


united arab emirates

Amjad Ali lbw b Holder    5

A Berenger c Ramdin b Holder    7

Krishna Chandran c Smith b Holder    0

Khurram Khan b Taylor    5

Shaiman Anwar b Taylor    2

S Patil b Holder    6

Amjad Javed b Russell    56

Nasir Aziz c Holder b Samuels    60

M Naveed b Russell    14

M Tauqir b Taylor    2

M Guruge not out    4

EXTRAS: (lb4, w10)    14

TOTAL: (all out, 47.4 overs)    175

FOW: 1-13, 2-16, 3-17, 4-21, 5-26, 6-46, 7-153, 8-167, 9-167, 10-175

BOWLING: Taylor 8.4-0-36-3; Holder 10-1-27-4; Roach 8-0-54-0; Russell 8-3-20-2; Samuels 10-4-25-1; Sammy 1-0-4-0; Smith 2-0-5-0;

west indies

D Smith c Patil b Guruge    15

J Charles c Chandran b Amjad    55

M Samuels c Berenger b Guruge    9

J Carter not out    50

A Russell c and b Amjad    7

D Ramdin not out    33

EXTRAS: (lb4, w3)    7

TOTAL: (4 wkts, 30.3 overs)    176

FOW: 1-33, 2-53, 3-109, 4-118

BOWLING: Aziz 6-0-47-0; Naveed 6-0-34-0; Guruge 7.3-1-40-2; Tauqir 3-0-22-0; Javed 8-0-29-2

TOSS: West Indies

UMPIRES: Aleem Dar (PAK), Ranmore Martinesz (SRI)

TV UMPIRE: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)