KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 9 - Nepal has made a historic advance to the third division of the ICC World Cricket League. Nepal prepared its maiden journey to Division Three beating Denmark by 25 runs in the decisive game of Division 4 League in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur today. In the match that was obstructed due to rain, Denmark was chasing a target of 156 runs in 31 overs as per the Dougworth Luis system.
Nepal came out 25 runs better after Denmark were held at 130 runs with the loss of nine wickets. Before this, with a century from Anil Mandal, Nepal had set a target of 240 runs with a loss of nine wickets in the normal 50 overs. Mandal stood out in Nepal's inning contributing 113 runs comprising 4 sixes and 8 fours. Similarly, Sharad Bheswakar and Gyanendra Malla chipped in 27 and 26 runs respectively for Nepal.
Nepali skipper Paras Khadka took four wickets in bowling. In the league that has participation of six teams, Nepal has continued its winning streak collecting all 10 points. Nepal will now face Uganda, Bermuda, Oman and Italy in the Division 3 League scheduled to begin in April.
The division league is the only way for non-test playing nations like Nepal to be selected to play in the ICC World Cup. The two teams which manage to reach the top two spots in Division 1 will get a chance to feature in the World Cup cricket.