Dennison and Anders star in Ireland’s 111 runs victory over PNG
Rijal first made the right call on the spin of coin and then scored 101 to inspire Nepal to 242 for seven in 50 overs. In turn, Uganda was bundled out for 71 in 36.2 overs for its second loss in as many days.
Rijal’s 101 came off 115 balls and included seven fours and a six. He was involved in two decent partnerships.
For the third wicket with Yogendra Singh Karki (30), Rijal added 84 runs in just over 22 overs, while for the fourth wicket with Arif Sheikh, the captain put on 90 runs in almost 16 overs. This partnership was dominated by Sheikh’s who scored 54 off 59 balls with four fours.
In turn, Uganda was bowled out for 71 in 36.2 overs with John Gabula top scoring with 25. Wickets were shared between Dipesh Shrestha (three for 21), Arif Sheikh (two for two), Prem Tamang (two for eight) and Dipendra Singh Airee (two for 12).
In the other match of the day, Ireland opened its campaign with a comfortable 111-run victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the Kinrara Oval. This was PNG’s second defeat.
"We lost two early wickets, but I wanted to take it ball-by-ball and play my natural game," said Rijal after the game. "It was a tremendous team performance. We played like champions - we bowled, batted and fielded well."
Batting first, Ireland was dismissed for 271 in 48 overs with Adam Dennison finishing at the top scorer with 65 (77b, 9x4). Gary McClintock (43), Aaron Gillespie (41) and Lorcan Tucker (41) were the other batsmen to make important contributions.
PNG, in its run-chase, were rocked by Rory Anders and Tom Stanton as it was shot out for 160 in 36.4 overs. Anders finished with figures of 8.4-0-30-4, while Stanton claimed three for 37.
For PNG, only wicketkeeper Sere Sam showed some confidence when he scored 68 that included six fours and a six from 89 balls.
"We had a good platform, but unfortunately we lost a few wickets towards the end of our innings," said Dennison after the match. "We still had a very competitive total on this pitch.
The winner of the five-team ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2015 will complete the 16-team line-up in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which will be staged in Bangladesh from 22 January to 14 February.
"Our bowling perhaps was not as good as it normally is, but this is our first competitive game in these conditions and we'll get better. It's our goal to get into the final and qualify for Bangladesh. We'll hopefully get there."
Ireland beats PNG by 111 runs at Kinrara Oval
Ireland 271 all out, 48 overs (Adam Dennison 65, Gary McClintock 43, Aaron Gillespie 41, Lorcan Tucker 41; Sinaka Harry Arua 2-26, Lou Vagi Toua 2-39, Jack Dairi 2-52)
PNG 160 all out, 36.4 overs (Sere Sam 68, Vagi Karoho 32, Doura Gavera 23; Rory Anders 4-30, Tom Stanton 3-37)
Nepal beats Uganda by 171 runs at the Royal Selengor Club
Nepal 242-7, 50 overs (Raju Rijal 101, Arif Sheikh 54, Yogendra Singh Karki 30; Derrick Bakunzi 3-54, Kenneth Waiswa 2-19)
Uganda 71 all out, 36.2 overs (Dipesh Shrestha 3-21, Arif Sheikh 2-2, Prem Tamang 2-8, Dipendra Singh Airee 2-12)
Saturday is the rest day. Sunday’s fixtures
Papua New Guinea v Uganda (Kinrara Oval), USA v Ireland (Royal Selengor Club)