JERSEY, captained by the former Worcestershire all-rounder Ryan Driver, lost their opening match in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Five tournament when host nation Nepal beat them by six wickets in the Kathmandu valley.
Jersey had no answer to Nepal’s captain and man of the match Paras Khadka, who hit an impressive 69 off 66 balls as his team sailed home with 12 overs to spare in pursuit of Jersey’s total of 174 all out at the Army Ground in Baktapur, about nine miles outside Kathmandu city.
Electing to bat first, Jersey never got to grips with the Nepal bowling, and opener Dean Morrison, with 62 off 112 balls, lacked support, apart from Samuel de la Haye’s 38. The batting crumbled after Morrison’s departure, bowled out with more than five overs of the 50 allocation unused.
Driver said: “I’m obviously disappointed today and would have liked to have made it to the full 50 overs. All credit to Nepal and especially their captain for a good all-round performance. We need to pick ourselves up and take tomorrow as a new game and focus on winning against Fiji.”
Division Six winners and runners-up, Singapore and Bahrain, went head-to-head at the Tribhuvan University Ground in front of a lively crowd, and Singapore, coached by former Sri Lanka batsman Marvan Atapattu, came out victorious with a 126-run win in a match that was broadcast live on Nepal national television.
Having won the toss, Singapore elected to bat and posted a decent target of 224-8 in 50 overs. Wicketkeeper and opening batsman Chetan Suryawanshi made an impressive 54. His captain Munish Arora and his vice-captain Buddika Mendis made 33 and 39 respectively.
Atapattu commented: “Playing in front of live television cameras is one thing, but playing in front of large crowds is a another thing here as you don’t get too many people watching cricket back home in Singapore. I hope that they will continue to enjoy it, especially when we play Nepal.”
At the Engineering Ground the United States made a huge total of 353-8 against Fiji, inspired by their captain Steve Massiah with 74. Fiji collapsed to 68 all out in 28.2 overs.
At Army Ground:
Jersey 174 all out, 44.5 overs (Morrison 62, De La Haye 38; Regmi 2-24)
Nepal 176-4, 38 overs (Khadka 69, Vesawkar 33; Driver 2-24)
Nepal won by six wickets
At Tribhuvan University:
Singapore 224-8, 50 overs (Suryawanshi 54, Mendis 39; Hanif 3-40)
Bahrain 98 all out, 33.3 overs (Hanif 26, Dar 21; Manoj-Kumar 3-15, Param 3-7)
Singapore won by 126 runs
At Engineering Ground:
United States 353-8, 50 overs (Massiah 74, Marshall 61, Cush 50, Baker 46; Dabea 4-84)
Fiji 68 runs, 28.2 overs (Dabea 13 not out; Darlington 3-9, Awan 3-16)
United States won by 285 runs