Rain halts Nepal encounter in Ayr

31 Jul

Nepal 167ao (49.1 overs) Vesawkar 30, AC Evans 3-18, Leask 2/23, Main 2/35, Scotland 15/0 (1.4 overs)

Scotland require another 95 runs with 10 wickets and 20.2 overs remaining [Scorecard]

Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to field on a dry morning at Ayr for their second WCL encounter on Friday. 

The hosts got off to a decent start in the field when Evans stuck in the third over of the day. After beating the outside edge in the early exchanges, a short ball did for Chettri as he looked to pull but the ball looped to Munsey at square-leg who took an easy catch.

Mandal, who was coming into this game on the back of a 100 was soon out when an outside edge from the bowling of Sharif carried down to Wallace at third-man to leave Nepal 31/2 in the 10th over.

A couple of boundaries from Malla stemmed the Scottish charge, but he was to perish 11 runs later attempting to sweep Mark Watt’s first delivery in List A cricket, which prompted umpire George to raise the dreaded finger.

Paras Khadka came to the crease and found the fence from consecutive Main deliveries in the 11th over.  However, the young pace-man would get his revenge later in the over when an outside edge from the bat Nepalese captain was collected by Matthew Cross down to his right.

Airee dug in for the visitors and looked to play his shots when he could – a six from the final ball of the 14th over was a highlight of his innings. He fell to a spectacular catch from Cross as the batsman paddle-swept, only prompting the nimble wicket-keeper to take a tumbling catch down the leg-side.

Vesawkar proved to be the mainstay of the Nepal innings with 30 until Cross’ third catch of the innings from Evans ended his 66 ball stint at the crease.

Although the tail stood strong, they struggled to get any real momentum, creeping to 167 from 49.1 as Scotland continued to take wickets at regular intervals.

During the lunch-break the rain intervened and no play was possible until 6pm, due to the fact that the second innings started the revised D/L target for the Scots became 110 to win from 22 overs.

George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer got things moving, plundering three boundaries in the 1.4 overs that were possible, before the rain returned and play was abandoned for the day.

The two teams will now return on Saturday, where Scotland will need 95 from 20.2 overs to seal their second ICC World Cricket League Championship win. 

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