Three nations vying for promotion in Nepal

Wed, Feb 24, 2010 2:46 PM

Jersey succumbed to a 27-run defeat and admitted defeats to their promotion chances, to hand Bahrain its first victory at Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 (WCL) Div. 5).

Saeed's 50 not out was accompanied with impressive bowling figures of 6-33 and earning the 38-year-old the man-of-the-match award.

A mention must go to the valiant efforts of Jersey captain Ryan Driver who made 80 runs in the side's attempt to chase down the target of 264 set by Yaser Sadeeq's men, but his efforts were in vain.

Driver said: "Today our fielding let us down and our bowling just wasn't in the right areas and they made better use of the PowerPlay. We restricted them to 260 and I really felt it was a target we should have got."

He added: "We're hoping to put the things we've learned in the last four games into practice against Singapore as there is no way I want us to go home only winning one game out here."

In the day's other games, Nepal secured its fourth victory in a row after defeating Fiji by 193 runs in front of another large crowd of adoring fans, this time at Tribhuvan University Ground.
Singapore's Jackie Manoj-Kumar secured the side's fourth victory of the tournament against USA after taking 4-23 and making sure Friday's matches are integral to who will win promotion to Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 4.

Should USA beat Nepal and Singapore defeat Jersey on Friday, then USA, Singapore and Nepal will all be on equal points and the two promotional spots will be decided by net run-rate.

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