Fiji beaten by Kathmandu in warm-up fixture
Kathmandu, a leading provincial side in Nepal, have comfortably defeated Fiji in a warm-up game played at the Tribhuvan University Stadium over the weekend.
Batting first, Fiji struggled to 186 for 9 from 50 overs thanks mainly to Jikoi Kida (51) and the experienced Jo Dabea (31) who put on 87 runs for the sixth wicket after their side was 51 for 5 after 19 overs.
Region 3, as Kathmandu is sometimes called, chased down Fiji's total with nearly 20 overs to spare and four wickets in hand.
Greg Browne took two wickets for the tourists.
Observers are tipping that the home ground advantage that Nepal will have in the World Cricket League Division 5 tournament will be decisive.
Kathmandu is about 4500 feet above sea level and at this time of year players can expect the temperature to be about 15 to 20 degrees during the day and near freezing at night.
These are completely foreign conditions for the Pacific Islanders.