Nepal share MCC Tri-series trophy with Netherlands

Kathmandu, July 30

Nepal and the Netherlands shared the MCC Twenty20 Tri-series after the third and final match ended in a no result following the incessant rain at the Lord's Cricket Ground in London on Sunday.

Both the teams were tied on two points after they defeated Marylebone Cricket Club in their opening ties. The series was hit by rain and the first two matches were reduced to six-over-a-side. Nepal registered a nine-wicket victory over the MCC, which was skippered by Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardena, while the Netherlands defeated the home team by 10 runs.

The third and final match, which was granted the Twenty20 International status by the International Cricket Council, was reduced to 18-over-a-side but the game could not be completed due to rain at a time when the Netherlands were 174-4 in 16.4 overs.

In their first T20 International match in three years, Nepal had reduced the Netherlands for 24-2 inside three overs but then the bowlers failed to capitalise on the great start. Wesley Barresi struck six fours and a six in his 24-ball 44, while Ryan ten Doeschate scored 38 off 27 balls hitting six boundaries and a six. Michael Rippon was unbeaten on 38 off 22 balls, while Scott Edwards was batting on 34 off just 14 balls when rain stopped play. Both the batsmen had struck three fours and two sixes each.

Sompal Kami, Basant Regmi and Karan KC took one wicket each but they were costly as they conceded more than 10 runs over along with Sandeep Lamichhane, who returned with 0-43 in four overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka was hit for 15 runs in the only over he bowled, while Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi - his T20 International debut along with Anil Kumar Sah, Aarif Sheikh and Dipendra Singh Airee - conceded 25 runs in three overs.

In the first match of the tri-series, Nepal defeated the MCC by nine wickets. Batting first, MCC scored 40-6 in six overs before Nepal raced to 41-1 in 4.4 overs. Opener Subash Khakurel and Gyanendra Malla took the team home with 23-run partnership for the unbroken second wicket after Anil Sah (nine) was out in the third over.

Earlier. MCC skipper Jayawardene top scored for MCC with 24 off 16 balls hitting four boundaries. Sompal Kami took 2-8, while Shakti Prasad Gauchan claimed 1-6.

Nepal will now make the One Day International debut when they face the Netherlands in the first of the two-match series in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Nepal earned the ODI status for four years after they finished eighth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March.