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Nepal end tour with double defeat against the Scots

Nepal’s disastrous tour of Europe ended on Saturday with yet another defeat, losing to Scotland in the second match of the ICC World Cricket League Championship at the Cambusdoon New Ground in Ayr, Scotland.

The match, which was halted on Friday due to rain, continued with the hosts – at 15-0 in 1.4 overs – chasing a target of 110 runs in 22 overs. Nepal were hopeful of taking advantage of the morning conditions but a power-packed innings from Matthew Cross and opener George Munsey helped the Scots reach 111-1 in 13.5 overs.

The only bright spot for Nepal came early in the morning when Sompal Kami bowled Kyle Coetzer (seven) in his second ball of the day but Cross and Munsey punished an erratic bowling performance with a splendid 91-run unbeaten stand.

Cross smashed four boundaries and two sixes making 51 off 37, while Munsey struck five fours and two sixes in his 41-ball 40. The result helped Scotland lift to the second spot in the points table with four points after the first round. Netherlands lead the table on net run rate having won their both first round matches against Papua New Guinea with a better net run rate.

Nepal are languishing at the second from the bottom pointless ahead of PNG. Nepal will now host PNG in the second round matches slated for September to November.

It was a continuation of a poor performance from Nepal barring the three-run defeat in the first game against Scots that earned them a widespread praise for showing grit with the bat. The WCLC, a pathway to the 2019 World Cup, also includes United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Namibia and Kenya.

The top six teams after the completion of the tournament will make it to the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

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