Nepal bid adieu to the 2016 ICC World
Twenty20 from the Qualifiers after the team’s disappointing performance with
the bat continued in a seven-wicket defeat inflicted by a lowly Jersey at The
Village grounds in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday.
Requiring a huge victory to remain in
the hunt for playoffs by finishing at least fourth, Nepal are now in the danger
of finishing at the bottom of the seven-team Group ‘A’ led by Papua New Guinea
(PNG) with seven points from four games.
Nepal are just one points ahead of the
United States of America who still have two matches left in the Qualifiers.
Ireland (six), Namibia (five) and Hong Kong (five) are behind group leaders
In the match on Saturday, Nepal
opened with new pair of Binod Bhandari and Pradeep Airee resting Sagar Pun who
had a shoulder injury following Friday’s game against PNG.
The opening woes continued as Bhandari
(three) and Pradeep (two) were dismissed in a space of one run by spinner Nat
Watkins. Skipper Paras Khadka (seven) was next to go followed by Rajesh Pulami
Gyanendra Malla who had been offering
some resistance lost his wicket for 26 in an attempt to up the ante. Gyanendra
hit a boundary in his 33-ball innings.
Siddhant Lohani earned his debut for
Nepal and played some unconventional shots helping the team cross triple
figures. Siddhant smashed two sixes – one of a helicopter shot – top scoring
for the side with a 16-ball 27. He also hit two boundaries.
Sharad Vesawkar was Nepal’s next best
scorer with 16 off 20 balls. Watkins ended up picking up 3-20 and Anthony Kay
had 2-18 from four overs for Jersey.
Jersey had a disastrous start losing
opener Ed Farley (duck) in the second over to Shakti Gauchan. But 17-year old
Jonty Jenner and Peter Gough (27) led the reply with a 55-run second wicket
partnership. Jenner smashed two sixes and two fours before he was run out by an
excellent work from Siddhant.
Gough was dismissed by skipper Paras caught by Sharad
at long off. Cornelis Bodenstein (27) and Ben Stevens (13) did the rest for
Jersey with a 44-run unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket.