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Nepal sets ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier final date with Ireland

Half-centuries by Karki and Tucker while Tamang, Anders and Stanton shine with the ball

Nepal sets ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier final date with Ireland - Cricket News

Nepal and Ireland qualified for the final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier when they won their third successive matches in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Nepal routed the USA by six wickets at Kinrara Oval, while Ireland recorded a thumping 158-run victory over Uganda.

The two sides will now square off in the last league match at Kinrara Oval on Wednesday before meeting in the final the following day at the same venue. The winner of Thursday’s match will complete the 16-team line-up for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which will be played in Bangladesh from 22 January to 14 February.

On Monday, both the pre-tournament favourites were in dominant form.

Nepal’s six-wicket win was inspired by off-spinner Prem Tamang, who recorded figures of 9-1-31-5 as the USA was dismissed for 109 in 46 overs. Yogendra Singh Karki then led Nepal’s run chase with an unbeaten 53 off 46 balls with 11 fours as the Asian side romped home in 17.5 overs.

“Tremendous performance, we played like champions today,” said Tamang. “Everyone played really well. We wanted to play ball by ball and play our natural game. We will try our best and we’ll try and win the final.”

Wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker scored a fluent 90 and fast bowler Rory Anders took four wickets as Ireland carved out a 158-run victory over Uganda.

Tucker’s 90 came off 107 balls and included nine fours as the European side, put in to bat, collected 255 for 8 from the allotted 50 overs. Tucker received good support from Aaron Gillespie (47), Gary McClintock (33) and Adam Dennison (30).

“We are pretty happy with our performance today,” said Tucker. "We played well, we were struggling at the start but came back brilliantly. We got a decent score and we bowled really well as well.”

In reply, Uganda found Anders and Tom Stanton too hot to handle as it was skittled out for 97 in 23.5 overs. Anders returned figures of 5.5-0-29-4, while Stanton, the left-arm fast bowler, bagged 3 for 20.

Scores in brief

Nepal beat USA by six wickets at Kinrara Oval

USA 109 all out, 46 overs (Sagar Patel 44; Prem Tamang 9-1-31-5, Arif Sheikh 2-9)

Nepal 114-4, 17.5 overs (YS Karki 53 not out, M Buch 2-22)

Ireland beat Uganda by 158 runs at the Royal Selangor Club

Ireland 255-8, 50 overs (Lorcan Tucker 90, Aaron Gillespie 47, Gary McClintock 33, Adam Dennison 30; D Wabwire 2-53)

Uganda 97 all out, 23.5 overs (Abdalah Lubega 26; Rory Anders 4-29, Tom Stanton 3-20)

Points Table

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Tied

NR

Points

NRR

Nepal

3

3

0

0

0

6

3.739

Ireland

3

3

0

0

0

6

3.041

Uganda

4

1

3

0

0

2

-1.365

USA

3

1

2

0

0

2

-1.857

PNG

3

0

3

0

0

0

-3.646

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