ICC WCL Division Three, Malaysia October 26, 2014

Malla ton sets up big Nepal win

ESPNcricinfo staff

A century from Gyanendra Malla, followed by four-wicket hauls from seamer Sompal Kami and left-arm spinner Basant Regmi helped Nepal crush Singapore by 190 runs in Selangor.

Having been asked to bat, Nepal recovered from losing Subash Khakurel off the second ball of the innings to post a competitive 263 for 9. Their innings was built on Malla's 125-ball 114, and his two big stands with Naresh Budayair and Sharad Vesawkar. Malla added 73 for the second wicket with Budayair, before his 111-run partnership with Vesawkar took Nepal past 200. Malla was eventually dismissed in the 44th over, having struck 13 fours and a six, but quick contributions down the order from Regmi and Sagar Pun provided Nepal a late surge.

Singapore failed to get going in their chase, and were bundled out for 73 in 21.4 overs. Chetan Suryawanshi was the team's top scorer with 15, and one of only four batsmen to reach double digits. Kami finished with 4 for 41, while Regmi picked up 4 for 6 in 5.4 overs to complete the big win.

Fifties from Christian Burgess and Lionel Cann set up Bermuda's 74-run D/L win against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Batting first, Bermuda were pegged back by wickets at regular intervals and fell to 98 for 4 before Burgess (82) and Cann (51) counter-attacked with an 80-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Burgess fell in the 44th over, but Allan Douglas thumped a 14-ball 43, including six sixes in the space of eight deliveries, to lift the team to 257 for 8.

Malaysia were well-placed at 104 for 2 in the chase before a rain interruption reduced the game to a 43-over contest, with a revised target of 217. Anwar Arudin and Ahmed Faiz added 77 for the second wicket, but after Arudin's wicket in the 12th over, the team failed to gather the required acceleration to gun down the target. Faiz top-scored with 87, but Malaysia lost six wickets for just 93 runs, as they could only manage 179 for 7 from their 43 overs. Offspinner Dion Stovell was the pick of Bermuda's bowlers, and ended with figures of 9-0-29-3.

Opener Roger Mukasa's 71 and offspinner Frank Nsubuga's four-for proved crucial, as Uganda won a rain-affected clash against USA by 24 runs according to the D/L method.

Mukasa struck four fours and two sixes during his knock to provide a solid platform, before other handy contributions from Uganda's middle order lifted the score to 215 for 8. Timil Patel collected 3 for 42 for USA, while Muhammad Ghous and Danial Ahmed snared two wickets apiece.

USA failed to gather any momentum in the chase, as Nsubuga wrecked the team's top order on his way to taking 4 for 14. Srini Santhanam was USA's top scorer with 37, but he was run out in the 33rd over, and when rain prematurely ended the game three overs later, USA were found to be 24 short.

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