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Nepal beat Qatar by a convincing seven wickets to earn them third place in the first playoff of the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup. Qatar were rolled over for just 142 – only Minas Khais (50 from 82) threatened to build an innings – with Prithu Baskota picking up 3 for 24. Nepal raced to their target in 37.1 overs as Gyanendra Malla smacked ten fours in his unbeaten 67.
In the day’s other playoff, Malaysia chased down 176 to comfortably beat UAE by four wickets in the 5th and 6th position playoffs. UAE only mustered 175 largely thanks to a 76-ball 75 from Taimoor Khalil, as Abdul Rashid (4 for 43) cut through the middle order. Malaysia lost six wickets in their chase, but Faris Almas made 52 while Aminuddin Ramly cracked 68 from 79 to guide them home.
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Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.