Nepal is ready to play their second practice match of UK tour against St Cross Symondians CC. This time Nepal’s players will get T20 match exposure in European condition.
St. Cross have announced their playing XI today’s evening. St Cross will play under Tim Foyle, consist of some well know English club cricketer, Jimmy Adams, Matt Floyd and Asher Hart. Jimmy Adams have a loads of First-Class cricket experience as he is former England Lions player. Similarly, this squad have two players who had already represented England in U19 level, Felix Organ and Tom Scriven. They are also part of Hampshire county team second XI. As per the picture posted in St. Cross official Facebook page, today’s track is dry and flat.
So we can expect run flowing counter between one of the most emerging side of world cricket and local side who know the playing condition better than anyone else in the world. On other point, this is huge fortune of St. Cross to host international side so they will surely throw their every skills to prove some points.
Nepal is getting comparatively stronger side than Hampshire hogs, but this side should not be big headache for one of most promising associate nation of the world. All they need to do is experiment to create best starting XI for T20 Triangular series and their first ever ODI series. If we look back to their first match of the tour than Nepal have lots of positively things to take. But they should consider the fact that they are going to get much tougher side ahead but it shouldn’t be the reason to under-value the positive factors and achievement. The biggest positive of Himalayan nation is that their young middle order batsmen likes of Rohit Paudel, Aarif Sheikh and Dipendra Airee, showed lots of determination and faith on their very first match of first outing to Europe. Above this all, biggest positive is form of the heart of Nepal batting lineup , Paras Khadka. It’s sure that Nepal’s batting will walk around their skipper Khadka. Mother of all the problem is their unsolved opening pair phenomenon. They had tried new opening pair, calling back Subash Khakurel but again experiment get failed. I’m writing it with heavy hand that, this might be the last tour of Gyanendra Malla, unless he produce some match-winning knock.
Ohh wait, Gyanendra Malla out there for toss. Meanwhile, St. Cross won the toss and opted to bat first at so called flat track.
St. Cross Playing XI
Tim Foyle (Captain), Jimmy Adams, Felix Organ, Tom Scriven, Asher Hart, Matt Floyd, Harry Foyle, G Barrett, Brad Aldridge, Josh Murlock and Harry Trussler.
Nepal Playing XI
G Malla, S Vesawkar, B Regmi, S Khakurel (Wk), S Kami, D Airee, R Paudel, L Bhandari, A Sah, S Lamichhane, A Sheikh
Feature Image © St. Cross Facebook Page.