Strongroom handcuffed and beaten by Police
Mulpani, Kathmandu, 3/19/2018
Nepal Police won by 167 runs
Nepal Police: 314-9 [M.Srestha 100, P.Tamang 54, S.Dhamala 54]
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This was our second successive match at the Mulpani stadium in two days.
I actually won toss and decided to insert the opposition. I know! Interesting decision, with hindsight, but, my thinking was that if they were as strong as they looked when they were warming up when we arrived at the ground (matching tracksuits, all in their 20s, etc.), then we had best make the game last as long as possible.
As it was, they knocked up 314 in their 40 overs, and we were all pretty much battered around, with the exception of Joe Rahman. Actually, Grant and Clinton also bowled well. Ujjal started off very nicely, getting some good inswing, but the Police featured some strong players, and some national ones, and so the skills gap soon emerged for us all! Tim wasn’t hungover, like the day before when he grabbed a brilliant 5-for, and so he was fairly below-par in performance today. Our fielding was a bit poor, and we dropped 3-4 catches in total. One of their guys racked up a somewhat sloggy ton. Clinton effected a smart run-out, and the Gower brothers bowled badly!
We were always going to struggle to get close to this mammoth total, and only Olly Moore, David Siddal and Ian Hutchcroft came out of it with anything resembling an innings. Ian actually played beautifully and with some elegance as he let the ball come to him. The Nepalese Police bowling was superb, very accurate, and our shots went to fielders constantly.
This was a disappointing and heavy defeat, and we felt a bid jaded as we clambered back into our minibus.
Written By: J.Gower