USA, Nepal register comfortable wins
Wrap-up of World Cricket League Division Four matches in Kuala Lumpur
A solid top-order batting display helped USA to a 70-run victory against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Chasing 290, Malaysia were pegged back early as they were reduced to 9 for 2 in the third over, and never recovered fas they lost wickets regularly. Right-hand batsman Suharril Fetri provided some resistance with his half-century, and built partnerships worth 63 and 50 runs with SK Alagaratnam and S Navaratnam respectively. But he ran out of partners before losing his wicket in the 47th over to virtually end the contest.
The foundation of USA's innings was laid by a 110-run opening stand and three batsmen - Sushil Nadkarni, Steven Taylor and Timroy Allen - scoring half-centuries. Allen took only 43 deliveries to score an unbeaten 72, with four fours and six sixes.
A spell of 4 for 28 by left-arm seamer Amrit Bhattarai and three wickets by Basanta Regmi helped Nepal bowl out Singapore to 111 to set up a five-wicket win. Singapore's top-order was wrecked by Bhattarai to reduce them to 30 for 4 in the seventh over, and they weren't allowed to recover from there. At 88 for 9, they were in danger of being bowled out for under 100, but a 23-run stand - the second highest of the innings - pulled them through to 111.
Singapore struck early without a run on the board, and left Nepal in some trouble at 29 for 4, courtesy fast bowler Amjad Mahboob. But Shakti Gauchan and Pradeep Airee put on 65 runs for the sixth wicket to seal victory with more than half the innings to spare.
Denmark registered an 88-run victory against Tanzania, as their bowlers strangled Tanzania's scoring to reduce them to 136 for 7 after scoring 224. Both sides scored slowly, but Tanzania lost their way when they were 91 for 6 in the 32nd over, needing another 134 runs in less than 19 overs. Left-arm spinner Lejf Slebsager took 3 for 24.
Denmark's innings revolved around 48 from opener Carsten Pedersen and 43 from middle-order batsman Aftab Ahmed that helped them to reach 224. Offspinner Kassim Nassoro's spell of 4 for 40 pegged Denmark back, but their total proved to be enough in the end.