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MCC on edge in Nepal's first First Class game in 14 years

Nov 06, 2019 | CN Staff |

Will Rhodes, Miles Hammond and Will Vanderspar struck half centuries as visitors Marylebone Cricket Club took an edge over hosts Nepal in their one-off Three-Day match at the TU grounds on Wednesday.

In what was the country's first ever First Class game in the last 14 years, new skipper Gyanendra Malla used eight bowlers but still couldn't prevent MCC from reaching 311-6 before bad light brought an early closure to the day in the 87th over. MCC were supposed to play 96 overs in the day.

Speedster Sompal Kami gave the early breakthrough to Nepal removing opener Billy Godleman (10) in the ninth over. MCC, however, stay put as Nepal were made to toil hard to get the remaining five wickets.

Rhodes batted superbly adding 95 runs for the second wicket with Tom Wesley before he was bowled by Sompal. Rhodes made 73 off 110 with 12 hits to the fence. Wesley shared another 49 runs for the third wicket with Hammond.

Sharad Vesawkar struck with his part time off spin getting rid of Wesley who made a patient 102-ball 39. He hit four fours. Hammond played with some grit and struck a 58-ball 52 with eight boundaries and the only six of the day. Sharad bowled Hammond with a sharp turning delivery.

Vanderspar then frustrated the Nepali bowling attack with a watchful 53 off 96 with eight hits to the fence. Leggie Sandeep Lamichhane, who bowled 24 overs in the day, struck late in the game with the wickets of Vanderspar and Ed Young (17).

Yasir Arafat and Alex Thompson (22) will continue the innings when the two teams come back for the second day. Pakistan's Twenty20 World Cup winner Arafat is unbeaten on 35 off 63 deliveries.


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