World Cricket League Division 3, final May 5, 2013

Airee, Vesawkar carry Nepal to Div 3 title

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Nepal might have had a shaky start to their World Cricket League Division 3 campaign in Bermuda, but they finished on a high, beating Uganda, the group toppers in the round-robin stage, by five wickets in Sunday's final to snatch the title. A twin success then, with the victory coming a day after they thumped Italy and had other results go in their favour to ensure their passage into the World Cup Qualifiers next year.

The final, in Hamilton, was a low-scoring one. Uganda chose to bat and were shaken straightaway, with Nepal's captain Paras Khadka removing opener Arthur Kyobe for one. They crawled along, and lost their top four cheaply, to be tottering at 39 for 4 by the end of the 22nd over. A series of cameos from the middle order helped get them past the 150-run mark, but they could never quite break the shackles until the last couple of overs, batting out the 50 for 151 for 8. Left-arm medium pacer Basanta Regmi finished with 2 for 24 from his ten, to end as the joint third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

Nepal's batsmen were shaky in reply, falling to 30 for 3 in the 11th. But a 77-run stand between opener Pradeep Airee and No. 5 Sharad Vesawkar got them back on track. They lost two more in a hurry when Airee was out to left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo for 60, but Vesawkar kept going in the company of Prithu Baskota - who captained Nepal at the Under-19 World Cup last year - to get them over the line. Vesawkar finished unbeaten on 50 and Nepal eventually won comfortably, with over 10 overs to spare.

Khadka said he was happy with the way his team kept fighting, despite losing their first two matches in the tournament. "We worked really hard for this. Having lost the first couple of games no one gave us an outright chance but we still believed in ourselves and our ability," he said. "Everything worked in favour of us and, as they say, fortune favours the brave. I feel glad, we have reached where we always wanted to, and now it is a matter of preparing ourselves for even better."

Expectedly, Uganda captain Davis Arinaitwe, who was named Player of the Series, was disappointed with the loss, but said the team had achieved their main goal: making it to the World Cup Qualifiers. "Ideally, I would have liked to finish the tournament on a high and pick up the final trophy of the whole tournament, and leave this beautiful island as WCL winners. But qualifying for the World Cup Qualifier was our primary objective. When we got here, we first put our sights on trying to qualify for that tournament. So, for us, that is an achievement that we can take back home."

The World Cup Qualifiers will be played in New Zealand in January 2014. Prior to that, there's the World Twenty20 Qualifier in November in Dubai, and both captains said their teams' focus would not shift to that tournament. "Before the World Cup Qualifier, we have the World Twenty20 Qualifier and that's an equally important tournament," Khadka said. "Preparation-wise, we have to have a strategic plan from now on because it is a big step - one more step and you are in the main global tournament. So we have to think from that perspective."

Arinaitwe said: "We'll get back home, take a short break, then resume the training as usual as we try to prepare for the World Twenty20 Qualifier."

USA, meanwhile, beat host Bermuda by 30 runs to place third in the division. Their total of 271 was set up by a rapid 97 from opener Steven Talyor - comfortably the tournament's top-scorer - and an anchoring 72 from Orlando Baker. Offspinner Muhammad Ghous then took four middle-order wickets to ensure Bermuda fell short in the chase.

In the fifth-place playoff, Oman beat Italy by five wickets. After Munis Ansari, who topped the tournament's wickets chart, claimed a four-for - albeit in an expensive spell - to help bowl out Italy for 207, the top and middle order built around a brisk 64 from Zeeshan Siddiqui to take the side to victory with over five overs to spare.

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  • Mridul_Nepal on May 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    We are climbing up the ladders quickly and the performance has been consistent over the past two years, both home and away. To climb up the divisions from 5 to 2, winning all the divisions is no mean feat. Congratulations to our cricket team. You have made all the Nepalese very proud and made us follow you even at 3 AM in the morning. Now go that extra mile and give us that much awaited world cup spot.

    Wish I was a cricketer. To make the entire nation proud of you, well, very few have that privilege !!

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    We are so proud of Nepali cricket . You guys really showed what nepal can do when it comes to cricket. I hope to see more better games on coming days and congratulation on the victory over Uganda. Keep up the good work !!! ----Fan of Nepali cricket.

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    This is a great achievement for Nepalese cricket..I think we should focus more to achieve top 4 position for the ODI status rather than the world cup qualification..One things for sure though; this win is surely going to bring a big change in Nepalese cricket..Wish I was in Nepal to welcome these national heroes. Jay Nepal !!!

  • on May 12, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    its a natoin with emerging talent,watch out test playing nations NEPAL is making its way towards you.

  • on May 8, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    we nepali are slowly climbing ladders of world cricket.one day we will be at the top as we have highest peak of world mount everst. we want to see nepali cricket in that highest peak of world cricket.aayo hai gorkhali

  • Surajdon9 on May 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Many many congratulations! It's a damn good start for the next round. World cricket lovers are watching Nepal with a great expectation. We should start investing in infrastructures and practice even harder to achieve more. Also, Nepal can provide an intermediary destination for India, Pakistan and others as well and earn much more from sports alone if there are good cricket grounds because of its favorable weather and loving people.

  • NeupaneSantosh on May 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Yeah, what a performance fro Nepal? Very glad to see my friends wining WCL Division-3 against Uganda taking revenge of lose beared in group stage. Well done guys. Ready to fight with Test playing Nations. JAY NEPAL!!

  • on May 7, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Congratulation !!!! This was a dream which whole cricket lover's of Nepal are expecting year after year but couldnot till then.... now we got door to wc qualify round at least .So ,We felt gratitude to our true National Heroes who brings smile n hope to hear such things in future also.Once more Hats off !!to whole team management n players

  • on May 7, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    the next big thing in cricket: nepal...

  • on May 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Proud to be Nepali , we are having like a cricket festival in our country. Both senior and junior cricket doing well.

  • Mridul_Nepal on May 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    We are climbing up the ladders quickly and the performance has been consistent over the past two years, both home and away. To climb up the divisions from 5 to 2, winning all the divisions is no mean feat. Congratulations to our cricket team. You have made all the Nepalese very proud and made us follow you even at 3 AM in the morning. Now go that extra mile and give us that much awaited world cup spot.

    Wish I was a cricketer. To make the entire nation proud of you, well, very few have that privilege !!

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    We are so proud of Nepali cricket . You guys really showed what nepal can do when it comes to cricket. I hope to see more better games on coming days and congratulation on the victory over Uganda. Keep up the good work !!! ----Fan of Nepali cricket.

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    This is a great achievement for Nepalese cricket..I think we should focus more to achieve top 4 position for the ODI status rather than the world cup qualification..One things for sure though; this win is surely going to bring a big change in Nepalese cricket..Wish I was in Nepal to welcome these national heroes. Jay Nepal !!!

  • on May 12, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    its a natoin with emerging talent,watch out test playing nations NEPAL is making its way towards you.

  • on May 8, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    we nepali are slowly climbing ladders of world cricket.one day we will be at the top as we have highest peak of world mount everst. we want to see nepali cricket in that highest peak of world cricket.aayo hai gorkhali

  • Surajdon9 on May 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Many many congratulations! It's a damn good start for the next round. World cricket lovers are watching Nepal with a great expectation. We should start investing in infrastructures and practice even harder to achieve more. Also, Nepal can provide an intermediary destination for India, Pakistan and others as well and earn much more from sports alone if there are good cricket grounds because of its favorable weather and loving people.

  • NeupaneSantosh on May 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Yeah, what a performance fro Nepal? Very glad to see my friends wining WCL Division-3 against Uganda taking revenge of lose beared in group stage. Well done guys. Ready to fight with Test playing Nations. JAY NEPAL!!

  • on May 7, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Congratulation !!!! This was a dream which whole cricket lover's of Nepal are expecting year after year but couldnot till then.... now we got door to wc qualify round at least .So ,We felt gratitude to our true National Heroes who brings smile n hope to hear such things in future also.Once more Hats off !!to whole team management n players

  • on May 7, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    the next big thing in cricket: nepal...

  • on May 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Proud to be Nepali , we are having like a cricket festival in our country. Both senior and junior cricket doing well.

  • on May 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    WOW! What a tournament.!!! Full of twists and turns... just like a super hit thriller movie! hopes, disappointment, fear, expectations, drama all thing was there... I think besides Italy all the 5 teams had equal chances and capable... feeling sorry for USA and Oman,, especially for Oman who defeated unbeaten Uganda and not only that they gave a very tough competition to every teams played with them but at the end they could not manage to avoid the relegation which is really tragic moment for them...

  • on May 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    if there is any thing in NEPAL that gives HAPPINESS to all NEPALESE then its none other than CRICKET...the political instability in the country has made people so depressed and dissapionted to live in the county..but these cricketer guys have made us proud...CHAMPION of div 2..CONGRATULATION and ALL THE BEST for up coming games

  • on May 6, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Though I am extremely happy for my country's win in 4th major trophy out of 5 finals in a row, I can't help but be sad as this is the last possible opportunity for all the non-test teams to have something to play for in ODIs. Everyone plays for and manages their teams for the next World Cup and from 2015 onwards, others teams won't get much realistic chance and ICC obviously seems to have no interest in bilateral series between non-test nations.

    So here's hoping these surges of cricket from these teams help ICC realise they need better planning to involve all nations and not just the "big 10".

  • jaykarki on May 6, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    The cricketing body must develop infrastructures as well as incentives to player on regular basis to boost their morale

  • on May 6, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Congrats team Nepal. You gave us a reason to smile...

  • on May 6, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Hats off to all guys! Let Nepali cricket Flourish! Investment in Cricket will be deciding factor for the consistent success in the days to follow!

  • on May 6, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Many many heartily Congratulation to Nepali Cricket Team for this success. We all must be proud of the Boys.

    New era for Nepali cricket has begun now. We must look ahead to continue it in future. Appreciative move by Nepal Sports Council to distribute Prize of amount Rs 350,000 to each player.

  • Timmuh on May 6, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    This is big for both Uganda and Nepal. A chance to have a crack at the best outside the Test nations for a berth at the biggest thing open to them. Win or lose in New Zealand, hopefully both can perform admirably and show they are capable of playing well against sides who at this stage look better credentialled.

  • the.gurkha on May 6, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    no words to express my happiness,infinity times congrats to all the players,,whole nation nd 30 million nepalese supporters are with u,,so just come and show ur potential,,good luck for matches to come,,great job,u gave us reason to feel proud....JAII NEPAL!!

  • on May 6, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    I feel, We can play in world cup if this team has luck like this and can play better when team needed. Best of Luck for Nepalese team! Well done guys......we are improving.

  • on May 6, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Job well done guys!!!!! Best of luck for the future series.. :). I hope Nepal gets to play at least one world cup either T-20 or One Day.... :D

  • Tarif123 on May 6, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Congrats Nepal Team for the great achivement!!

    And best of Luck for your upcoming world cup qulifier..hope to be continue with some better performance...finally need you in world cup 50/50 & T20

  • on May 6, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    congrats nepalese cricket team.we want to see Nepal in World Cup

  • on May 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Super_Cricketer ... Coming from Division Five to Division two in one season and as winner in every group, we still are one of the weakest team in Qualifying match so far. Maybe we are not necessarily gonna beat AFG and IRE . But coming to this level means getting more exposure , getting more good games to play with good teams. Anyways all the best Nepal. We hope you get through this tournament as well. Twenty millions of love and respect is with you.

  • bisaal46 on May 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Congratulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well Done Boys..........We all are proud of you guys......

    Nepal Nepal Nepal.......We want more .....we want to see Nepal in World Cup

  • on May 6, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    well done guys.. well done.. we are proud of you.. we want to see you play in even bigger arena.. all the best for that

  • aryaaru on May 6, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Super_Cricketer ... Coming from Division Five to Division two in one season and as winner in every group, we still are one of the weakest team in Qualifying match so far. Maybe we are not necessarily gonna beat AFG and IRE . But coming to this level means getting more exposure , getting more good games to play with good teams. Anyways all the best Nepal. We hope you get through this tournament as well. Twenty millions of love and respect is with you.

  • on May 6, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    congratulation team nepal and best of luck for upcoming tournaments

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    well done Nepal.........we r proud of u...........hope we will soon reach the world cup........JAI NEPAL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    congrats nepalese cricket team.

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Congratulation to Paras and his Team mate. you guys makes us proud.

  • Super_Cricketer on May 6, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I dont think NEPAL will be qualified for WC 2015. WCQ2015 will be an acid test for NEPAL. IRE and AFG would be directly qualified through WCL Championship. The other 2 spot will go to NETH and KEN. SCOT and NAMIB would give them stiff competion. NEPAL would even struggle to beat CAN, HK, UAE.

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Congratulation Nepal Team. You have shown the power of Nepal being champion. This is not enough, show the potential you have to the world, play world cup if not that at least get ODI status. Nepal is hungry for achievements. Best of Luck

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    well done guys..we all proud of you...

  • on May 6, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    the country of Gautam Budhdha , The country of Mount everest , Now the country of cricket , and its awesome talents and crazy supporters !! Pradeep Airee , the gem of the team , and what captaincy Paras Khadka!! i love you nepal !!

  • Surajdon9 on May 6, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Finally a "Dream Come True" for all the Nepali Cricket Fans. The hope of their National Team getting a chance to prove their worth in the biggest arena of the World Cricket is overwhelming for us!! Though it was a lucky escape for us, we did prove ourselves by winning all the games except the first two. JAI NEPAL!!

  • on May 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepali Cricket team and the whole Nepal nation. It is indeed a remarkable achievement. I hope Nepal cricket team will also develop into a good cricketing side just like Afghanistan cricket team. I request Nepali cricket fans not to allow their team to relax and lose the intensity!!

  • on May 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    yes gorkhali power 24 hours.

  • on May 6, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    nice effort from player to get this tittle

  • on May 6, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    after loosing two games ;great comeback jai nepak

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    paras deserve tha player of the series.It is unfair

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    My humble salute to my country and its cricket team! When the things started to fall off just in the beginning of all this, whole of Nepal might have lost their hopes. Two consecutive defeats, and that too just right in the beginning. That was something, if believed in omens, boding ill, but our team, the Bir Gorkhalis proved that they are just the best of the bests. Luck favoured Nepal heavily and we are glad it did. January 2014, ICC World Cricket League Division Two, we are coming.!

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Happy to be a Nepali.Hope one day we will beat India or Australia.

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    great achievement our nepalese team were on top we salute u thank you 4 the trophy congratulation....

  • Surajdon9 on May 6, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    What a come back by nepal.Excellent performance from boys.Really so so so happy..Nepal rockxxxx...

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Well done guys....proud of u...

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    well,finally they have done.congrats.

  • younique2020 on May 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    awesome achievements after loosing two straight game... hats of to Nepali team... well done and congrats....

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    The achievement is miracle in a way. But i always believe Nepal could do it. All the best for the qualifiers.

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Well said, fortune favours the brave. Well done guys. Congraz team Nepal.

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Congrats to our Team Nepal... great achievement.. we r proud to grab the title

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    congrats one again to nepali team and nepali cricket lovers fron all over the world for supporting nepali cricket and best of luck for up coming t20 qualifiers and wc qualifiers

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    congrats to our team Nepal

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Happie with the achievement Nepal has come upto!

    Proud of our team! :)

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    congratulation nepal and nepali

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Really happy for Team NEPAL. Hard work paid off. Best of Luck for the qualifiers.

  • on May 6, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Congrates ones again for all the nepali and nepali cricket team

  • on May 6, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Awesome Nepal. Hope we can see u play.:)

  • on May 6, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Awesome Nepal. Hope we can see u play.:)

  • on May 6, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Congrates ones again for all the nepali and nepali cricket team

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Really happy for Team NEPAL. Hard work paid off. Best of Luck for the qualifiers.

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    congratulation nepal and nepali

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Happie with the achievement Nepal has come upto!

    Proud of our team! :)

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    congrats to our team Nepal

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    congrats one again to nepali team and nepali cricket lovers fron all over the world for supporting nepali cricket and best of luck for up coming t20 qualifiers and wc qualifiers

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Congrats to our Team Nepal... great achievement.. we r proud to grab the title

  • on May 6, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Well said, fortune favours the brave. Well done guys. Congraz team Nepal.

  • on May 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    The achievement is miracle in a way. But i always believe Nepal could do it. All the best for the qualifiers.