Strongroom blow great opportunuty for 1st Asian win
Pokhara, Nepal, 3/22/2018
Machapuchre won by 13 runs
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This was our second T20 of the same day, and Grant handed over the skipper stripes to Joe, in a bid to bring some change to our disappointing performances thus far. Joe promptly lost the toss, and Machapuchre batted first. The opposition’s batting seemed fairly modest, and Joe, Bishnu and the national youth bowler Sami all chipped in with wickets. Ian also claimed his first Nepalese scalp, with his juicy legspin. Daniel Gush kept wicket nicely, and as wickets fell the heavy cloud shrouding the snowy peaks of the distant Machapuchre gradually receded, and we felt these were signs of events moving in our favour. With a final total of 95, was this our chance of securing our first win overseas at our 18th attempt?
However, Machapuchre had other ideas, and their bowling turned out to be much more potent than their batting. Wickets fell steadily, and we never managed to build a partnership of any significance. Wily skipper snared three wickets, and apart from Ujjal’s final flurry of shots, we had little to offer. Ujjal was finally caught on the boundary with 10 still needed, and we were once again dejected to have wasted another good opportunity to claim our elusive victory.
It had been a tough day, and so we made the wise decision to head back to Pokhara to eat Mo Mo’s and drink beer.
Written By: J.Gower