Rain halts Nepal-Scotland match


The World Cricket League Championship match between Nepal and Scotland has been called off because of rain at the Cambusdoon New Ground in Ayr on Friday.

The match will continue tomorrow with the hosts needing 95 more runs to win from 20.2 overs.

Chasing a revised target of 110 in 22 overs, Scotland were 15-0 in 1.4 overs. Openers Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey were at the crease with four and 10 runs respectively. Earlier, the home side invited Nepal to bat first and bowled them out for 167 in 49.1 overs.

Earlier, Nepal made a disastrous start losing the two openers for just 20 runs. Mahesh Chhetri (three) was the first to go, while Anil Mandal, centurion of the first match, was out for nine. Skipper Paras Khadka (10) and his deputy Gyanendra Malla (16) also faltered and Nepal came under tremendous pressure at 41-4 in 11 overs.

Pradeep Airee and Sharad Vesawakar  tried to consolidate Nepali innings but their fifth-wicket stand of 33 runs came to an end when Airee fell for 16 off 34 that included a four and a six. Vesawakar then added 20 runs with Prithu Baskota (16) for the sixth wicket to take Nepal past three figures.

Unlike first match, Nepali batsmen failed to build on partnership before the tailenders added some valuable runs for the team. Basant Regmi scored 19 runs, while Avinash Karn made 17.

Alasdair Evans was the pick of the Scotland bowlers taking three wickets, while Safyaan Sharif, Gavin Main and Michael Leask claimed two each, and Mark Watt grabbed a wicket.