ICC WCL Division Two January 20, 2015

Karan and Khadka crush Canada

ESPNcricinfo staff

A five-wicket haul from fast bowler KC Karan, followed by Paras Khadka's maiden fifty in List-A cricket, helped Nepal thrash Canada by seven wickets in Windhoek. Karan, playing in only his third ever competitive match, fetched returns of 10-2-26-5, as he wrecked Canada's top and middle order. A few Canada batsmen made starts, but the team failed to string together even a single meaningful stand, as they duly folded for 114 in 49.2 overs. Apart from Karan, Sompal Kami chipped in with 2 for 28, while Khadka, Shakti Gauchan and Sagar Pun snared a wicket each.

Nepal began the chase shakily, losing their openers Naresh Budayair and Subash Khakurel off successive balls in the second over with the team yet to get off the mark. However, Gyanendra Malla and Khadka steered Nepal home with a partnership worth 114 runs for the third wicket. Khadka was the more aggressive foil in that stand, muscling 11 fours and three sixes to make his way to 77, but he was dismissed towards the end of the chase. Malla, though, remained unbeaten on 32, as Nepal gunned down the target with almost 27 overs to spare.

A 92-run partnership between Gerhard Erasmus and Gerrie Snyman was the cornerstone behind Namibia's 188-run mauling of Netherlands. Namibia, having been inserted, rode on their opener Stephan Baard's 41 during an opening stand of 83, before Erasmus and Snyman came together at the crease.

Both batsmen raised half-centuries, before Snyman eventually fell for 72, having stroked 10 fours and a six. Erasmus, however, carried on, adding 97 runs with the next three batsmen before he was dismissed for an 83-ball 91. Netherlands kept picking up wickets, but handy contributions from Sarel Burger (32) and Nicolaas Scholtz (20) powered the team to 314 for 9. Mudassar Bukhari and Ahsan Malik took three scalps apiece for Netherlands.

Netherlands never really threatened hunting down such a daunting target, as their progress was hampered by wickets at regular intervals. No batsman was able to contribute more than 26, as the team was bundled out for 126 in just over 28 overs. Louis Klazinga was the pick of Namibia's bowlers, collecting 3 for 19.

Left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche's four-for helped Kenya register their first victory of the tournament, a five-wicket win against Uganda at the United Cricket Club Ground. Uganda, after being put in, began solidly with a 44-run opening partnership, but could not gather any momentum after that, as Shem (4 for 17) and Nelson Odhiambo (2 for 28) ran through the team for 129 inside 44 overs. Kenya never really looked like missing out on the target and aced the chase in 33.1 overs, thanks to important knocks from their top four batsmen - Alex Obanda (32), Irfan Karim (26), Narendra Patel (27) and Collins Obuya (28*).

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