Nepal through to quarters after easy wins
Legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane’s 5 for 27, which included a hat-trick, set up Nepal Under-19s’ eight-wicket win over Ireland Under-19s, taking the side into the quarter-finals.
Ireland opted to bat first and found their openers back in the pavilion by the 18th over with the score at 42 for 2. Lamichhane then stepped up to carve out the middle order. He dismissed Gary McClintock in his first spell before returning to take a hat-trick in the 32nd over. Lorcan Tucker was caught out at midwicket off the fourth ball of the over; Lamichhane then had Adam Dennison caught behind and bowled Fiachra Tucker for a duck to complete his hat-trick. He took the wicket of William McClintock in his next over to complete his five-for reducing Ireland to a hapless 83 for 7. Harry Tector’s unbeaten 30 pushed the Ireland score past 100 to a total of 131 for 9.
Nepal needed 25.3 overs to wrap up the chase. They lost opener Sandeep Sunar off the first ball of the innings. Yogendra Singh Karki’s unbeaten 61 and his unbroken, 77-run partnership for the third wicket with Aarif Sheikh sealed the win.