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Lalitpur, February 24, 2010, ICC World Cricket League Division Five
(37.5/50 ov, T:246) 146

Singapore won by 99 runs

Player Of The Match
51 (72) & 2/24

Undefeated Nepal steamroll Fiji

A round-up of matches from the World Cricket League Division 5, where Nepal, Bahrain and Singapore all won

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Pramodh Raja's blistering 45 from 29 balls set up Singapore's surprise victory over USA  •  ICC

Pramodh Raja's blistering 45 from 29 balls set up Singapore's surprise victory over USA  •  ICC

Nepal continued their impressive run with a crushing defeat over Fiji in Kirtipur. Sherad Versawkar and captain Pras Khadka led the batting effort and four wickets from Basanta Regmi sealed a 193-run rout that leaves Nepal two points clear at the top of Division 5. The hosts were tottering at 35 for 3 before Khadka and Versawkar built a 130-run stand that set-up the victory. Khadka made 75 from 91 balls, striking eight fours and two sixes before he was out to Inaisi Cakacaka. 21-year-old Vesawkar continued serenely, securing his first hundred and lifting the total to 267, remaining unbeaten on 105. The Fiji innings never got started with wickets falling regularly. Five of the batsmen made double figures but nobody more than 13 as Shakti Gauchan and Regmi collected six wickets between them to consign Fiji to a heavy defeat that leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Singapore kept themselves in with a chance of promotion to Division 4 with a 99-run victory against USA at Lalitpur. Jackie Manoj-Kumar was the match-winner with the ball as he took 4 for 23 including the key wickets of Lennox Cush and USA captain Steve Messiah (50). USA's pursuit of 246 was put under immediate pressure when they lost Sushil Nadkarni to the first ball of the innings and they slipped to 49 for 4. Although Messiah tried to hold the chase together there was too much recovering to do and the defeat ended USA's unbeaten record in the tournament. Singapore's batting was anchored by a solid top-order effort which included Narender Reddy's 51 from 72 balls, but the crucial late kick came from Pramodh Raju who clubbed 45 off 29 deliveries.
Qamar Saeed's sterling allround effort helped Bahrain edge a tense 27-run victory over Jersey in Bhaktapur. With his team struggling at 170 for 7 after 40 overs, Saeed clubbed an unbeaten half century, sharing a 94-run stand with Tahir Dar to carry the score to 264. It looked a daunting total but Jersey captain Ryan Driver, alongside dashing opener Dean Morrison set up a spirited run chase with a 70-run second-wicket stand. Driver almost carried his team to victory, working his way to a patient 80 but, with 63 needed in seven overs, he was run out by Yaser Sadeq. Riding on the high from his late-order rescue act, Saeed's left-arm chinaman was the chief threat for Bahrain in the field. He bamboozled the Jersey middle and lower order, bowling Ben Stevens to emphatically seal the victory and secure career-best figures of 6 for 33.
TeamsMat Won Lost Tied N/R PtsNet RR For Against
Nepal 4 4 0 0 08 +1.919 738/160.5 526/197.0
United States of America 4 3 1 0 0 6+1.355 1025/200.0 754/200.0
Singapore 43 1 0 0 6 +1.114831/197.4 618/200.0
Jersey 4 13 0 0 2 -0.106 721/170.3815/188.0
Bahrain 4 1 30 0 2 -1.207 730/197.0 849/172.5
Fiji 4 0 4 00 0 -3.306 458/200.0 941/168.1

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