KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 10 - Nepal has set a historic benchmark clinching the title of the ICC World Cricket League- Division 4. Having paved way for its maiden advance to Division 3 already, Nepal bagged the title of Division 4 today after an emphatic win of eight wickets over America. In the match played in Malaysia, Nepal grasped the target of 146 runs set by America in a mere 28.2 overs with a loss of two wickets.
Gyanendra Malla contributed the maximum of 66 runs in Nepal's inning. Malla's runs comprised of three sixes and seven fours of 65 balls. Subash Khakurel, who scored a century in the last match against America, was not out with 40 runs. Similarly, Nepali skipper Paras Khadka was not out with 25 runs. Before this, America was all out in 48.1 overs with 145 runs.
Sushil Nadkarni and Orlando Baker contributed 39 runs each for America. Basanta Regmi and Shakti Gauchan took five and two wickets respectively towards Nepal's bowling. The two nations which also had a face off in the final of Division-5 two years ago in Kathmandu have been promoted together to Division-4.
A de ja vu of the final between the two countries this time as well in Division-4 has seen both teams climb up to Division-3. Nepal will now compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division-3 scheduled to begin in Bermuda in 2013. Other teams also vying in the same division will be America, Uganda, Oman, Italy and organisers Bermuda.