THT 10 years ago: Nepal, UAE set up U-15 Cup final clash

Kathmandu, June 5, 2006

Defending champions Nepal and the United Arab Emirates advanced to the final of the two-day ACC U-15 Cup (Elite Group) cricket tournament after both semi-finals ended in a draw in Kuala Lumpur today.

The final will be held on Wednesday.

Nepal, who held a 77-run first innings lead after Bahrain declared at 92-8, posted 200-7 in their second innings, giving their opponents hardly any time to bat again when play ended.

David Mathias top-scored with 41 runs for Bahrain. Nepal scored 169-9 in their first innings. Vivek Dali was unbeaten on 80 and Surendre Chand also played a knock of 54 in Nepal’s second innings.

David Mathias was the pick of the Bahrain bowlers with 3-44. Nepal earned 13 points, while Bahrain got seven. Pradeep Airee of Nepal was decalred the man of the match.

Earlier, resuming their first innings at 65-6, Bahrain declared at 92-8 but Nepali were too good with the bat and batted almost the whole day leaving no time to chase the total for Bahrain.

The script was, however, a little different for the Malaysians at the Royal Selangor Club against UAE. Despite playing to a draw, the hosts could have reversed their fortunes had they taken all of the UAE second inning wickets before tea and had more than three hours of batting time to spare.

PM not to ink any controversial deal

Coalition partners today claimed that Prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala has assured them that during his India visit he would not agree to anything which could kick off a controversy and affect national interest.

The issue came up during the lengthy all-party meeting at the Prime Ministerial residence at Baluwatar today and also figured in the Cabinet meeting, which took place earlier in the day.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal said, “The prime minister assured us he would not sign any deal with India that is controversial or against the national interest.” Sources close to Koirala, however, said, “There is no pressure on Koirala and that the meeting was merely called with a view to briefing the coalition partners about what Prime Minister expects to achieve in Delhi.”

All the leaders labelled it a “goodwill” visit that would further strengthen Nepal-India ties. Narayan Man Bijukchhe, president of the Nepal Workers’ and Peasants’ Party, and Sher Bahadur Deuba, president of the NC (D), shared the view that the prime minister should not “discuss” matters that are detrimental to Nepal’s interest.

Finance minister Dr Ram Saran Mahat, who is also accompanying Koirala to New Delhi, said, “Priority would be given to reconstruction and rural development. The projects that were stalled during the royal regime would also figure in the discussions.”