Nepal, USA Confirm Final Place, Singapore Just Miss Out

Singapore Miss Out On Final By Narrow Margin
Singapore Miss Out On Final By Narrow Margin

Three teams finished the league stage of the ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Nepal on eight points after wins on the final day for Singapore, USA and Bahrain, but Nepal and the USA will contest the final and be promoted to Division Four after Nepal's net run-rate was a fraction better than Singapore's.

Singapore heaped the pressure on USA by beating Jersey by seven wickets in emphatic style. Buddhika Mendis took three for 18 as Jersey were bowled out for 192 and Singapore raced to their target, Mendis leading the way with an unbeaten 85, as they got home in 26 overs, helping them boost their net run-rate...

..but not quite by enough. Gyanendra Malla made 52 as Nepal posted 162 for nine against USA, Kevin Darlington taking three for 23 and USA reached their adjusted victory target of 157 in 33.3 overs thanks to an unbeaten 57 from Sushil Nadkarni to put them level with Nepal and Singapore on eight points.

Despite some crowd trouble which resulted in the run chase being cut to 46 overs, USA finished in first place with a net run-rate of 1.371, Nepal were in second with 1.351 while Singapore ended in third, their net run-rate 1.347 - just 0.004 behind.

Bahrain were too strong for Fiji, winning by 95 runs. 54 in 30 balls from Tahir Dar gave Bahrain's innings a late boost as they reached 276 for nine from their 50 overs. In reply, Fiji reached 181 before being bowled out, Dar taking four for 19.

That result means that Bahrain will remain in Division Five, having earnt promotion from Divisions Seven and Six while Jersey and Fiji will be relegated to Division Six.

Nepal will now play USA in the final on Saturday (27th February), Singapore will meet Bahrain in a repeat of the Division Six final in the third/fourth place play-off while Jersey and Fiji will play off for fifth place.

Standings: Nepal, USA, Singapore 8 points, Bahrain 4, Jersey 2, Fiji 0

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