KATHMANDU — Nepal has defeated Namibia with 1 wicket at their first match in the ICC World Cricket League Division II held at Windhoek in Namibia on Thursday.
After winning the toss, Nepal chose to field before bowling out Namibia to a mere 138 runs total in in 34.2 overs. In reply, Nepal reached to 139-9 in 49.2 overs in which man-of-the-match Sandeep Lamichhane completed four wickets haul to restrict home side for low total while Sompal Kami claimed three wickets.
Likewise, captain Paras Khadka, Basant Regmi and Sharad Vesawkar took one wicket each.
This was Nepaal’s another disappointing batting performance however a patient batting by Sharad Bheswakar and some late hitting by Basanta Regmi ensured they reach the required 139 runs target in the last over.
Sarad Vesawkar top-scored with 29 runs including three runs off 67 balls while Basant Regmi contributed 24 runs with 1 six and 4 fours off 24 balls while skipper Paras Khadka hit 19 runs including 2 fours off 35 balls to secure win over its opponent for Nepal.
BM Scholtz claimed highest 4 wickets giving away 11 runs in 9 overs, Craig Williams grabbed 3 wickets conceding 32 runs in 10 overs while JJ Smit and T Lungameni took 1 wicket each.
Namibian player Craig Williams top-scored with 41 runs studded with 8 fours off 34 balls, JN Frylinck hit 22 runs including 3 fours in 31 balls while ZE Green contributed 22 runs in 32 balls.
Nepal will face the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kenya, the fellow bottom four demoted teams from the WCLC along with other two team–Oman and Canada — that were promoted from Division Three held in May last year.
A total of six teams are participating in the Division Two league from today.
The top two teams will qualify for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe from March 4 to 25.