KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a seven runs defeat at the hands of UAE in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division II at Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday.
After being runner-up of the tournament, Nepal are now seeded in Group B along with the hosts Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong for the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament to be held in Zimbabwe on March.
With the conclusion of the tournament, Nepal are also promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division I.
Chasing the target of 277 runs, Nepal could muster only 270 runs with the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
Skipper Paras Khadka struck unbeaten 112 runs in 103 balls cracking eight sixes and three boundaries while Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 off 66 balls including two sixes. Khadka and Aire scored 69 runs partnership for Nepal.
Similarly, Gyanendra Malla contributed 24 off 25 balls including one four while Dilip Nath made 13 off 29 balls smashing two boundaries. Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.
Rohit Kumar Paudel contributed 23 off 17 balls including four boundaries on the board. Karan KC, who was the hero of the match against Canada, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi failed to make double digit score.
Imran Haider took two Nepali scalps while Rohan Mustafa and Ahmed Raza chipped in with a wicket each.
After winning the toss, UAE elected to bat first and amassed a challenging total of 277/4 runs for Nepal to chase.
Opener Ashfaq Ahmed hit a century and his opening partner Rohan Mustafa also got a half-century as UAE piled up runs against the Nepali bowling attack.
Ahmed hit three sixes and 10 boundaries for his 123-ball 114 while Mustafa scored 51 from 74 balls as the pair added 109 runs for the first wicket. Shaiman Anwar (40) and Rameez Shahzad (41) also added late on to compile a massive total.
Sompal Kami, Sandip Lamichhane and Basanta Regmi took a wicket each for Nepal.
Rameez Shahzad remained not out on 41 off 46 balls with one four and one six. Shiman Anwar hit brisk 40 off 24 balls with two fours and three sixes.
Sandeep Lamichanne, Basanta Regmi and Sompal Kami chipped in a wicket each.Follow @gorkhapost
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers : Nepal go down to Netherlands
KATHMANDU — Nepal finished eighth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers after losing to Netherlands by 45 runs in the 7th place play off at Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, on Saturday.
The Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat before making a total of 189-9 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, Nepal managed to make 144 runs only in 44.4 overs losing all the wickets.
Sompal Kami made the highest 36 runs where as Dipendra Singh Airee (25) and Paras Khadka (22) were the other big scorers for Nepal.
Player-of-the-match Roelof van der Merwe was pick of the Dutch bowling as he took 4-20 and he was supported by Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar who bagged two wickets each. Likewise, Timm van der Gugten and Shane Snater added one wicket each.
Earlier, Bas de Leede top-scored for Dutch side with 39 runs which included four boundaries. Nepal had kept the Netherlands under pressure with Sompal Kami bagging two early wickets inside three overs. Dutch opener Wesley Barressi abd Ben Cooper were dismissed for zero run in Kami’s delivery.
Captain Peter Borren (7) also failed to manage to add significant runs but middle-order batsmen Roelof van der Merwe and Scott Edwards contributing 25 runs each rescued the Netherlands innings. Max O’Dowd was another notable contributors for the Netherlands as he smashed 44-ball 28 where as unbeaten Shane Snater and Pieter Seelaar added 23 runs each.
Sompal Kami took four wickets for Nepal. Likewise, spinners Sandip Lamichhane and Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi had two each and Shakti Gauchan bagged one wicket.Follow @gorkhapost
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