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3rd ODM: Nepal A lost to Ireland Wolves by 69 runs
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 7 April.
Ireland Wolves 284/9 (50 overs: Stephen Doheny 107, PJ Moor 44, Matthew Humphreys 23, Morgan Topping 21, Fionn Hand 20; Ranjit Kumar 3-51, Rijan Dhakal 3-75)
Nepal A 215 (39.4 overs: Arjun Kumal 102, Arjun Saud 36; Ben White 5-62, Gavin Hoey 4-27, Matty Foster 1-48)
Stephen Doheny's century the highlight of Ireland's innings (CAN)
Ireland chose to bat first in the final game of the tour with the series already in the bag, and posted their highest total of the 50 over games thanks to a magnificent century from Stephen Doheny. Having lost opening partner James McCollum for only 9 he added 66 with Peter Moor for the second wicket and 44 with Morgan Topping for the fourth bringing up his century off 126 deliveries and finishing on 107 (8x4,2x6). Three new faces in the Nepal side today, a second slow left-armer, Ranjit Kumar into their side topping their bowling figures with 3-51. Ireland have given a first 50 over run out to Matty Forster leaving out both Mayes and McCarthy, so it will be Foster and Hand with the pace, and Humphreys, Hoey and White the spin options today. Brisk start to the chase for Nepal who rattle up 37 off Hand and Foster's first four overs, Arjun Saud with only 9 runs in the previous two games leading the charge. Humphreys on to bowl the ninth over and a double change as Ben White opens his spell with a maiden. White's second goes for 13 but he makes the breakthrough bowling Saud off his pads with the final delivery. Gavin Hoey replaces Humphreys whose four overs cost only 9 runs and it's pace again as Hand replaces White with Nepal well in the game at this stage, 116/1 when Drinks are taken at 20 overs. Almost a wicket first over back as Hoey finds an edge only for it to squeeze between keeper and slip but the wicket does come when Foster bowls Dev Khanal next over. Kumal, who missed the second game, repaying the selectors faith today with a half-century as Nepal move to 144/2 at the halfway stage. Ben White picks up a second wicket as Naren Bhatta plays over a yorker, Ireland needed something with the required rate down below six an over and Kumal seemingly heading towards a century. Two in an over for White when Bhandari holes out at long off and Sharki edges to Moor at slip, that might put the brakes on. White unlucky not to have a five-for as an lbw appeal is turned down on height - side on replays suggesting that was not an issue! Kumal collects his century off 114 deliveries (14x4) but runs past one to give White his fifth. Hoey with two in the next over, and that should be that with 80 still required and only 2 wickets left. Another lbw turned down on 'height' deprives an incredulous White of a sixth wicket. Nine down when Shadab Alam edges Hoey to Moor at slip and all over in the same over when Doheny stumps Aagri. A clean sweep for the Wolves who finish the tour in style.
Nepal A lost to Ireland Wolves by 114 runs - 2nd ODI
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 5 April.
Ireland Wolves 174 (38.4 overs: Gavin Hoey 50, Neil Rock 45, Liam McCarthy 35; Rijan Dhakal 3-30, Shahab Alam 3-35, Mousom Dhakal 2-60)
Nepal A 60 (16.5 overs: Matthew Humphreys 6-8, Fionn Hand 2-14, Tom Mayes 2-17)
An amazing 6-8 from Matthew Humphreys sealed the series win for the Wolves (CAN)
Two changes in the Ireland lineup for the second game of the series, Morgan Topping and Gavin Hoey replacing Cade Carmichael and Ben White, while Nepal bring in Naren Bhatta for Arjun Kumal. Ireland lost their last six wickets in the previous game for only 12 runs and they have started in the same vein today, slumping to 34 for 5 inside the first ten overs! Rock and Hoey added 44 for the 7th wicket before the Ireland skipper departed with the total not yet 100. It is down to Hoey and McCarthy now to plunder what they can and their partnership ends at 54, exactly 50 for Hoey off 59 balls (5x4, 2x6). McCarthy last out in an innings that lasted 1 ball longer than in the first game. The Wolves defended 157 in that one can they do a similar job this time, fortunate to get the chance after that disastrous start. Fionn Hand has Dev Khanal caught at second slip by Doheny third ball of the chase and follows it up with a second in his next over Naren Bhatta caught at long leg hooking. No luck for McCarthy as Rock circles under a skier from fellow keeper Saud before spilling it. He doesn't last much longer as Humphreys finds the edge with only his second delivery, and claims another in the over as Saharki is well caught by PJ Moor at slip. Three now for Humphreys as Aarif Sheikh misses a straight one and is lbw without scoring. 38/5 after 11 overs - Ireland were 40/5 at the same stage in their innings! Tom Mayes with the sixth Basir Ahmad edging through to Rock, a long delay before the confident appeal is upheld. Humphreys doing the job again, Rijan Dhakal trapped in the crease and hit on the back knee - plumb! Mayes has his second and it's 8 down as Moor holds on to a sharp chance above his head. All over as Humphreys takes two in two balls to finish with 6 for 8. Great comeback win from where they were this morning. Humphreys and Hoey the heroes. The Nepal scorecard has a binary feel to it - six players making 0 or 1. The Wolves win the series. Third and final game on Sunday.
Nepal A lost to Ireland Wolves by 21 runs
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 3 April.
Ireland Wolves 157 (38.3 overs: Cade Carmichael 51, Neil Rock 39, PJ Moor 21; KS Airee 4-21, Shadab Alam 2-21, Mousom Dhakal 2-50)
Nepal A 136 (25.3 overs: Shahab Alam 37, Dev Khanal 26, Bashir Ahmad 20; Matthew Humphreys 5-32, Liam McCarthy 4-29)
Wolves celebrate a Humphreys wicket (CAN)
No run-fest today for the Wolves as they struggled in the early stages of the first 50 over encounter after electing to bat first. With openers James McCollum and Stephen Doheny each scoring 12 and number 3 in the order PJ Moor 21 the Boys in Green were struggling to get a foothold in the game at 61/3. A 65 run partnership between Cade Carmichael and skipper Neil Rock carried them to 126 before Rock was fourth to fall. The score had reached 145 before a dramatic collapse saw 6 wickets fall for the addition of only 12 runs. The sensational passage of play ending with Kamal Airee having McCarthy caught, then rattling the stumps of Humphreys and White with his next two deliveries to claim a hat-trick. Quick start to the chase from Dev Khanal but McCarthy claims both openers with the first and last ball of the sixth over. Only five of today's Nepal side played in the T20 series so a first outing against the Wolves for more than half of them. A double wicket maiden for Humphreys rocks the hosts and McCarthy takes his third next over - Ireland more than just back in the game. Three close catchers for Humphreys with the ball spinning and two slips for McCarthy who gets some bounce and the edge carries to PJ Moor at first - three slips and a short leg for the new batter! A third wicket for Humphreys as KS Airee is trapped lbw, given after considerable deliberation by the umpire - plumb! Drinks taken at 15 overs with the score 91/7. Nepal still playing their shots, no point in just hanging in there but it costs them another wicket as Ahmad charges Humphreys but can only find Delany at deep midwicket. All on Shahab Alam it would seem with Rijan Dhakal simply holding up an end. Getting tight! All happening in a Hand over - celebrations for a leg side diving catch by Doheny premature as a Wide is given. Two short balls popped up on the off side one resulting in a misfielded single and the other for overthrows. Less than 30 needed now and the partnership worth 34 but Alam holes out at long off to give Humphreys a fifth wicket in his final over. Total mixup between the batters sees them attemping an overthrow as the first return eludes Doheny and the second ricochets off the stumps and the chaos ends with the batsmen colliding midpitch and the bowler Fionn Hand removing the bails to give Ireland the nervy win. Quite a match, Ireland by 21 runs, the same margin as the first T20.
Nepal A beat Ireland Wolves by 3 runs
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 1 April.
Nepal A 213/7 (20 overs: Aarif Sheikh 93*; Fionn Hand 2-41, Gareth Delany 1-20, Gavin Hoey 1-28, Liam McCarthy 1-45, Matty Foster 1-52)
Ireland Wolves 210/7 (20 overs: Ross Adair 31, James McCollum 7, PJ Moor 2, Neil Rock 2, Morgan Topping 60, Gareth Delany 68, Fionn Hand 22; Bipin Khatri 3-23, Narayan Joshi 1-37, KS Airee 1-42, Rashid Khan 1-55)
Ireland's Wolves claimed the T20 series 2-1 (CAN)
Irelan5 2-0 up in the series have won the Toss and have asked Nepal to bat hoping for a clean sweep in the T20s before the three 50 over games later in the week. McCarthy, Hand and Forster the seamers for Ireland today with Humphreys, Hoey and Delany the spin options. A wicket for Fionn Hand from the final delivery of the second over who has Dev Khanal caught behind and the dangerous Lokesh Bam joins him as Rock holds a second catch off McCarthy. And a second for Hand forcing Nepali skipper Bhandari to chop on. Three down inside the first five overs but the batters are trying to hit their way out of trouble. Powerplay over and Delany straight into the attack. Hoey and Humphreys join him to complete the first 10 overs, 79/3 at the half way stage. Ahmad lbw to Hoey straight after the break but Aarif Sheikh seems determined not to be tied down and completes his fifty off 29 balls (3x4, 3x6). Two wickets in Delany's next over - Sarraf stumped first ball and Joshi run out after a 40 yard dash. No quick wrap up today for Ireland as Sheikh is joined by Rashid Khan who hits three sixes before holing out in the deep in Foster's eighteenth over, which goes for 26! Hand's final over goes for 18 and when McCarthy and skipper Rock get argumentative with the umpires in the final over Nepal cash in - Wides, No-balls, boundaries. 65 off the final 3 overs means that Ireland have a game on their hands! Falling out with the umpires never a good idea when you've still got to bat. Nepal open the attack with left-arm spinner Sagar Dhakal and Ross Adair greets him with a massive 6. James McCollum drives Bipin Khatri to mid off where the catch is taken after a bit of a juggle, and a second in the over when Adair holes out to long-on. PJ Moor and Morgan Topping both fresh to the crease but not for long as Moor is caught at wide long-on, a stunning leaping overhead effort landing inches inside the rope, a third wicket for Kharti. Narayan Joshi claims Rock's wicket with his first delivery - a flick to KS Airee at deep square leg. Twelve overs left and the required rate is up over 12, tough ask for the Wolves from here, but dare I say it Topping and Delany going well, partnership worth 47 off 29 balls at the end of the twelfth. Fifty for Delany off 26, runs flowing, 100 partnership off 51 balls, but the required rate still the wrong side of 14. Those final 65 runs in the Nepal innings could be the difference here. Another slow left armer spinner on to 'bowl' and his over goes for 15 as Topping goes to 50 before holing out to long on for 60 off 37 (4x4, 4,6). KS Airee removes Delany, given lbw to a full toss from round the wicket, that could be the game. Fionn Hand launches the next delivery for 6 and Ireland stay alive. 20 required off the final over. SIX off a chest high full toss, not called!! TWO on a dive. 12 off 4. TWO to wide long off. 10 off 3. FOUR through extra, RUN OUT going for the second - Hand a yard short 22 off 7. No contact from McCarthy needing 5 to win as another 'high' full toss goes unpunished with images posted later showing a front foot overstepping as well. Nepal get the win with an amazing last over that had everything except a No-Ball call!
Nepal A lost to Ireland Wolves by 40 runs - 2nd T20
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 30 March.
Ireland Wolves 224/6 (20 overs: Neil Rock 71*, PJ Moor 65, James McCollum 26; Sagar Dhakal 3-33)
Nepal A 184 (17.5 overs: Dev Khanal 47, Basir Ahmad 27, Binod Bhandari 26, Lokesh Bam 25; Ben White 3-29, Fionn Hand 2-35, Tom Mayes 2-42)
A flying Fionn Hand celebrates the breakthrough wicket (CAN)
A steady start from Ireland after again being asked to bat first, Ross Adair and his new partner James McCollum posting an opening partnership of 37. The real impetus in the innings came from PJ Moor who blasted 65 off just 26 deliveries clearing the ropes seven times in addition to four boundaries. No tail end heroics from Gareth Delany as he is sixth out with four overs remaining, how many can Neil Rock add in concert with the bowlers? Well he answers that question straight away taking 22 off the next over bowled by Aarif Sheikh! Fifty now for the skipper, excellent stuff. Twenty five off the final over carries the Wolves past yesterday's total - 65 off those last four overs with Rock finishing 71* off 34 (1x4, 7x6). Every chance of the Wolves wrapping up the series today, but the bowling unit will need to show up earlier than they did yesterday when they were unconvincing for most of the innings. Blistering start by the hosts who show they are undaunted by this huge ask. Fionn Hand gets a breakthrough but Nepal continue to clear the ropes. 87 from the powerplay. Ben White has immediate success as he gets the dangerous Bhandari. Bad drop by Doheny at mid-off. Foster the unlucky bowler. Ben White gets another - he is keeping Ireland in the contest. Tom Mayes gets in on the act and it's four down at the midway stage with 101 needed off last 10 overs. Task has just got even tougher as Foster gets his 1st. Fionn Hand has his second and with six down, Ireland well in control. Delany gets a run out and a wicket and it's almost start the car time. Ben White with his third - he has been the difference today, All over as Mayes has his second - a 40 run win. Batters set it up with powerful display, and they weathered the Nepal assault. Third T20 on Monday.
Nepal A lost to Ireland Wolves by 21 runs - 1st T20
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 29 March.
Ireland Wolves 222/5 (20 overs: PJ Moor 49, Cade Carmichael 38, Neil Rock 38, Stephen Doheny 34, Gareth Delany 30*, Gavin Hoey 18*; Kamal Airee 3-39)
Nepal A 201 (19.3 overs: Lokesh Bam 106, Aarif Sheikh 49; Matthew Humphreys 3-26, Matthew Foster 2-32, Fionn Hand 3-35, Tom Mayes 1-29, Gavin Hoey 1-29)
A superb century by Lokesh Bam was not quite enough to claim the win for Nepal A (CAN)
Nepal won the Toss and asked Ireland to bat in what is now the first game in the series. And it starts badly for the Wolves who lost Ross Adair in Kamal Airee's opening over, his edged cut taken at slip. His opening partner PJ Moor is joined by Cade Carmichael, and they are rattling along, boundaries flowing and fifty partnership raised inside seven overs. Bowling looking very innocuous at the moment, plenty of loose deliveries on offer and the batters are picking them off at will. No sooner said than Carmichael is lbw sweeping at slow left armer Sagar Dhakal off the final delivery of the tenth over, 91/2 at the halfway stage. Commentator's curse as PJ Moor drags a wide deliverey from Aarif Sheikh back onto his leg stump for a quickfire 49 (4x4,3x6). Stephen Doheny to the crease and it's normal service resumed as he goes 4,6,4,6 off Sheikh. A shot a ball from Doheny who misses a paddle sweep and then charges a short ball, top edging to third man who runs behind the keeper to hold it. 34 off 16 from Doheny (4x4,2x6) A slice of luck for Rock caught at deep square of a no-ball and a second drop in the deep gives him another life. A short one however as he skies Airee to be caught and bowled. Powerful display by the Wolves batting lineup with Delany hitting three 6s off the final three ball of the innings. The Nepal attack best described as 'Get yourself out' bowling - Ireland's attack will surely be better. All out attack from the Nepali openers, no other option for them and it's Humphreys who makes the breakthrough - a swing across the line and Bhandari bowled leg stump. The second to Mayes next over Dev Khanal caught at deep mid-on first ball. Gavin Hoey traps Arjun Gharti lbw in his first over - Nepal 79/3 at the half way stage, Bam with 49 of them (5x4, 3x6) and he adds 24 off Hoey's next over - Bam Bam. Nepal ahead of the Wolves at the same stage! Two drops by the Wolves, both difficult, low to Humphreys running in at third man and Hand running back over his head at deep mid on. And the Wolves might need every one of those late runs from Delany as their bowling becomes increasingly ragged in the face of Bam's onslaught. Partnership now worth 100 off 38 balls as a 10 ball over from Delany goes for 26! Bam gets to a sensational century before falling for 106 off 56 deliveries (9x4, 8x6). 34 required off four overs for Nepal. Momentum shifts to Ireland with Sheikh cutting at Humphreys and top edging to short third man. Delany saves 4 runs with a fantastic one-handed save of a 6 before a catch in the deep gives Humphreys his third wicket. 26 required off two overs and two wickets for Hand in the nineteenth over should have sealed this for Ireland. With 23 required off the final over to be bowled by Matty Foster three balls is all it takes for him to claim the final two wickets. Six wickets fell in those final three overs as Ireland played their "Get out of Jail Free' card. The second game is tomorrow with the third on Monday with an 8.15 (BST) start.
Nepal A v Ireland Wolves - 1st T20. No result
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 28 March.
Nepal A
Ireland Wolves
A scene all too familar to Irish cricket fans (CAN)
Rain in Kathmandhu has forced the abandonment of the first T20 without a ball bowled and it has been rescheduled for Monday. The other two games in the series are tomorrow and Sunday with the 50 overs matches on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday next week.
Nepal beat Ireland Wolves by 71 runs - 2nd T20
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 26 March.
Nepal 198/7 (20 overs: Gulsan Jha 47, Kushal Malla 34, Rohit Paudel 33, Kushal Bhurtel 25, Sundeep Jora 21; Matthew Foster 3-42, Ben White 2-40)
Ireland Wolves 127 (18.3 overs: Stephen Doheny 26, Morgan Topping 21; Kushal Malla 3-15, Sompal Kami 3-17)
Early success for Ireland's seamers but Nepal pile on the runs. (CAN)
Nepal made a brisk start after electing to bat before Ireland's seamers made inroads, two wickets for Matty Foster and one for Fionn Hand. After that it was all agression against the Ireland spinners Delany and White plus Gavin Hoey, in the side replacing Matthew Humphreys. Twelve maximums in the innings as the hosts powered their way towards 200. In the end their agression costs them wickets and they fell just short of that 200 total but it will be a stiff task for the Wolves to chase it down. Ross Adair and Stephen Doheny the Irish openers make a confident start in the chase - 32 off the first 3 overs as Nepal turn to left-arm spinner Malla for the fourth. A tight over from Kami in the fifth results in the loss of Doheny off the final delivery, driving and skying to mid-off on the ring. One brings two as Adair backs away to Malla and cuts gently to backward point. Carmichael and Topping need to rebuild and those two quick wickets have put a brake on the Wolves progress, six overs now without a boundary. Ireland only 8 behind Nepal's total at the half way stage but the hosts then piled on 119 in the second 10, hard to see the Wolves matching that at the moment. Even less so now as Carmichael skies a slog sweep from outside the off stump to deep mid wicket, Wolves skipper Neil Rock to the crease and announces himself with a 6! He hits a second but is caught in the deep aiming a third off Karan KC. Delany dropped a sitter at long on next ball Karan not pleased! Topping runs past one from Malla first ball of the sixteenth, stumped by a distance. A charge from Hoey and it's a second in the over as Malla holds a return catch running back over his head. Hand picks out deep mid wicket and McCarthy tries to paddle a full delivery that removes his middle stump. Next ball White smashed a return catch to Kami who clung on to the rebound. A farcical end to the innings as Foster drove to mid off, no chance of a run but Delany was stranded by the direct hit at the bowler's end three wickets in three balls! The Wolves simply could not match the boundary hitting of the hosts who scored 12x6, 15x4 while Ireland could only manage 3x6 and 9x4. A totally dominant disply by Nepal both with bat and ball.
Nepal beat Ireland Wolves by 6 wickets - Ist T20
TU Ground, Kathmandu, 25 March.
Ireland Wolves 121 (20 overs: Stephen Doheny 46, Tom Mayes 16, Liam McCarthy 16, Fionn Hand 11; Gulsan Jha 2-13, Kushal Bhurtel 2-17, Lalit Rajbanshi 2-26)
Nepal 122/4 (16.1 overs: Kushal Bhurtel 37*, Sundeep Jora 36, DS Airee 20*; Gareth Delany 2-28, Tom Mayes 1-12, Ben White 1-27)
Bhurtel and Jora's 54 run partnership sealed the win for Nepal (CAN)
Toss: Ireland. All a bit of a struggle for the Wolves who lost Ross Adair for 4 to the second ball of the day. Stephen Doheny top scored with 46 (4x5, 2x6) the only double figure score from any of the top six in the order as the visitors slumped to 75/6 on his dismissal. It was left to the bowlers to score what runs they could to drag Ireland past 100. Eight bowlers used by Nepal who will be hoping that considerably fewer batters than that will be required to chase down Ireland's total. A brisk start to the reply with 27 coming off the 3 overs from Hand and MCarthy before Delany struck twice in his first over and a wicket for White in the next helped silence the large crowd White should have had a second in his next over as a straightforward catch at long off was spilled by Liam McCarthy. Jora the beneficiary added fifty with opener Bhurtel before edging Mayes to Doheny first ball of his second over. Nepal 37/3 and 91/4 was as good as it got for the Wolves, that dropped catch perhaps costing them the chance of an upset, but in truth their chances of defending such a disappointing batting performance were always slim.
Neil Rock of Ireland Wolves
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