Nepal's preparations for their World Cricket League Championship matches against the Netherlands saw them take a maiden trip to Lord's for a match against the MCC on Tuesday. The match, played in front of a mainly Nepalese crowd of almost 5,000, was played to mark the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and the United Kingdom.
Nepal captain Paras Khadka - who himself played for the MCC in a county pre-season T20 tournament in Dubai earlier this year - won the toss and chose to have his team bat first on the same pitch that was used for the recent England v Pakistan Test match.
Anil Mandal lost his wicket early on in the Nepal innings before Gyanendra Malla and Sharad Vesawkar put on 40 for the second wicket. The partnership ended when Vesawkar was bowled by Steve Clark, and Malla then helped Paras Khadka put on 46 for the third wicket.
That partnership ended when Malla was caught and bowled by MCC skipper Keith Dutch for 39 in the 23rd over, whilst Khadka was dismissed for 30 by Marc Reingold the following over. The MCC spinners began to make life difficult for Nepal on what was essentially a fifth day Test match pitch.
Nepal were looking a little shaky on 174-7 in the 42nd over, but Sompal Kami and Basant Regmi were able to put on 42 for the eighth wicket to help Nepal post what for the conditions was a competitive 217-8 from their 50 overs.
The MCC reply was dominated by George Adair, who scored exactly 100. Only two other batsmen were able to reach double figures though as the Nepal spinners enjoyed bowling on the turning pitch. Sagar Pun and Basant Regmi both took three wickets as MCC were bowled out for 176 losing by 41 runs.
Nepal have more matches in the UK before they head to the Netherlands for WCLC matches on 13th & 15th August. Those two matches will be covered live by CricketEurope.
MCC lost to Nepal by 41 runs
Lord's Cricket Ground, 19th July
Nepal 217-8 (50 overs, Malla 39)
MCC 176 (47.2 overs, G Adair 100, S Pun 3-35, B Regmi 3-37)