CAN XI outplay MCC

Kathmandu, March 29:

CAN XI beat Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) by an innings and 116 runs in the three-day match here at the TU Stadium today.

Left-arm spinner Basanta Regmi and off spinner Sanjam Regmi shared five wickets as the MCC were dismissed for 146 runs in their seconds after the home team declared their first innings at 393-6 in reply to MCC’s 131 all out in the first innings.

Resuming at 377-5, CAN XI declared as soon as Paras Khadka was out after completing half century, which saw the home team play just nine balls on the third day.

Paras, who was unbeaten on 48, was run out for 57 that included five fours and Basanta Regmi added six runs to his overnight score of 12 before skipper Binod Das declared the innings at 393-6 with a lead of 262. Nepal’s innings revolved around a century from Gyanendra Malla (141) and half centuries from Shakti Gauchan (51), Sharad Vesawkar (88) and Paras Khadka.

In their second innings, MCC had a slow start with openers Matt Walker and Ian Fletcher scoring 17 runs in 8.3 overs before skipper Das bowled the latter for one run. Paras Khadka reduced the visitors to 45-2 when he removed Walker (37) before Basanta Regmi struck twice to leave them struggling at 73-4. Regmi trapped Neil Jones (nine) leg before wicket and had Mark Dale (12) caught behind by Manoj Baishya. Walker hit six fours in his 55-ball innings.

Apart from Keith Parsons (43) and Nishel Patel (23), other MCC batsmen fell chieply as the visitor’s innings came to an end at 146 runs — 116 runs behind CAN XI’s first innings total. Basanta finished with 3-27, while Sanjam took 2-46. Binod Das, Paras Khadka, Rahul Kumar BK and Sharad Vesawkar also pocketed one wicket apiece.

On the last day of the match, scorer Raman Shiwakoti stood in place of Vinay Kumar Jha after the latter left to attend the funeral of his relative in Janakpur. Colin Megennis — one of the 16-member MCC squad — was the other umpire in the entire tour. In the presentation ceremony held by the visiting team, Dipendra Chaudhary — who scored an unbeaten 107 runs in the third one-day match and 50 in Twenty20 match — was declared the batsman, while skipper Das — who took 11 wickets — was named the bowler of the series. Gyanendra Malla earned the man of the match award. MCC team manager Lt Col Tim Lerwill and skipper Min Patel presented the Nepali players and officials with the token of love.

The MCC team played three one-day matches, one Twenty20 and one three-day match in their 16-day tour. They won only the first one-day match losing all others. They also held the training camps at Birendra Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyalaya in Bhaktapur and the TU Stadium in Kathmandu. The MCC team, who will return to England on Wednesday, is scheduled to go to Pokhara on Monday. In their previous tour of Nepal in 2003, the MCC had won all the three one-day matches. Dipendra Chaudhary had scored a century that time also.