Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) returned to winning ways on their Nepal tour with a 99-run victory over a combined Nepal XI in Kathmandu today.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, MCC captain Neil Dexter made a brisk start to the innings alongside opening partner Greg Holmes.
Both openers were removed in the space of three overs to leave the visitors on 60-2, bringing Chris Lawlor and Alex Senneck to the crease.
The pair found scoring tough on a slow pitch, and were dismissed for 28 and 9 respectively to reduce MCC to 100-4.
Ben Shepperson and George Adair shared 42 runs for the fifth wicket, before the latter was bowled for 21. Mike Coles, Storm Green and Steve Clark followed in quick succession, leaving MCC in danger of failing to use their allotted 40 overs.
However, a patient 52 from Shepperson and some brutal late hitting from Scott McKechnie (39 from 19 deliveries) helped MCC reach 205-9.
The home side never looked like chasing the total down after opening bowlers Senneck and Clark to three wickets each to leave them teetering at 53-6.
Some middle order resistance from Manjeet Shrestha and Rupesh Shrivastav helped the hosts recover somewhat, but when Shrivastav was caught behind off the bowling of Liam Redrup, the game was all but over.
A mix up between the wickets allowed Storm Green to complete the simple run out of last man Sandip Lamichane to clinch the victory for MCC.