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Weather prevents Triangular Tournament winner at Lord's

Nepal and the Netherlands were made to share the MCC Spirit of Cricket trophy after adverse weather had prevented the sides from taking all the glory in the T20 Triangular Tournament at Lord’s.

Both the teams had defeated MCC in the rain-affected matches earlier in the day, but the conclusion was abandoned with Netherlands posting a total of 174/4 after 16.4 overs meaning the Tournament finished as a tie.

Match One – MCC v Netherlands (six-overs a-side) 

Heavy rainfall had already delayed the start of proceedings at the Home of Cricket and by the time the weather had momentarily cleared, it could only allow the Netherlands and MCC to compete in a six-over innings match.

Nevertheless, the Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat, which proved to be the right decision as they scored an impressive total of 72-3 off their six overs.

They had Tobias Visee to thank, as the 27-year-old scored a superb 58 not out off just 23 balls in an innings that included five sixes. 

In response, MCC lost the early wicket of Essex’s Matt Coles and despite a promising partnership of Varun Chopra (27*) and former England Batsman Jonathan Trott (21) they could not chase the Netherlands' total down, losing by 10 runs. 

The scorecard from the match can be found here.

Match Two – MCC v Nepal (six-overs a-side) 

Nepal, backed by their supporters in the Grand Stand, won the toss and elected to field in what proved to be another difficult test for MCC in tough conditions.

MCC captain and former Sri Lanka great, Mahela Jayawardene, top-scored with an unbeaten score of 24 off 16 balls, but he was the only player to score double-figures for MCC as they finished their innings on 40/4.

Nepal were quick to chase down the target with Subash Khakurel scoring 16 off just nine balls, backed up by an unbeaten total of 12 off four balls by Gyanendra Malla, setting up the Tournament decider versus the Netherlands in a full-international T20 contest.

The scorecard from the match can be found here.

Match Three – Netherlands vs Nepal (T20 – Match Abandoned) 

With the weather just about holding off to begin with, the Netherlands had been put into bat by Nepal but Ryan Campbell’s side soon showed why that decision may have been the wrong one with Wesley Barresi scoring an impressive 44 off 24 balls while Ryan ten Doeschate and Michael Rippon both tallied with scores of 38 to build an increasingly impressive total for the Associate Nation.

However, wicket-keeper Scott Edwards was going along nicely having made 34 runs off just 14 balls when heavy rain returned to once again halt proceedings.

Sadly, the weather forced the fixture to be abandoned, putting an end to a wet, yet enjoyable tournament.

The scorecard for the match can be found here.

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