RE van der Merwe’s all round show helped Netherlands to trashed Nepal by 45 runs.
Winning the toss, Dutch’s skipper Borren opted to bat first. Nepal’s pace bowling’s spearhead Sompal Kami lead the pace bowling army and sent back two Dutch’s batsmen inside 3 over. Nepal picked up wicket in regular interval, however, 37 runs stand for 9th wicket between Seelaar (23) and Snater (23)* lead Netherlands inning to 189 runs in stipulated 50 overs with the lost of 9 wickets. Leede (39) lead their batting card followed by O’Dowd (28) and Merwe (25). For Nepal, Sompal Kami picked up 4 wickets where Sandeep Lamichhane and Lalit Rajbanshi chipped in with 2 wickets each. Shakti Gauchan also grabbed a wicket in his come back match.
Chasing the target, Nepal lost Gyanendra Malla (04) cheaply where his partner Anil Sah (08) saw some balls but couldn’t hung for long enough. Paras Khadka and Dipendra Airee showed some application before getting out on 22 and 25 runs respectively. Sompal Kami (36) topped Nepal’s score card, batting at no.7. Karan KC (13) and Sandeep Lamichhane (14) showed commitment but still not quite enough to cross the finishing line. For Netherlands, RE van der Merwe picked up 4 wickets where Klaassen and Seelaar picked up two wickets each. In the end, a wicket each from Gugten and Snater saw that Nepal got all out on 144 runs in 45th over which handed the 45 runs victory for Dutch.
With this match, both team sign off their long tourney. Nepal has lot more to cheer as they claimed ODI status for the first time in their cricketing history.