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Nepal registered a 29-run win over Papua New Guinea to confirm it’s qualification to the ICC U-19 World Cup 2012.

At the Coleraine Cricket Club, Nepal posted its most impressive performance yet with the bat. Nepal made 277 for seven in its stipulated 50 overs and bowling out PNG for 248.

Sagar Pun (67: 81b, 8×4, 1×6), Rajesh Pulami Magar (91: 100b, 8×4, 1×6) and Pradeep Airee (59: 57b, 6×4) made worthwhile contributions with the bat for Nepal.

In its reply, Vagi Oala led the charge first for PNG making 64 off 58 balls with five boundaries and hitting a six. Skipper Christopher Kent (80: 99b, 4×4) played brilliantly yet again, but PNG lost wickets at regular intervals as Nepal won by 29 runs.

An excited Pulami Magar won the Man of the Match award for his impressive display with the bat: “We lost a few wickets early on. I had to stay at the wicket and build a partnership. PNG chased down Canada’s score of 266 yesterday. So we were a bit wary of their ability to chase the score. But our bowlers bowled brilliantly and restricted them (PNG) very well.”

Afghanistan, Canada, and Scotland also registered wins on the eighth day of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Derry.

Nepal U19 277 for seven, 50 overs (Pun 67, Pulami Magar 91, Airee 59; Vanua 4-54) beat PNG U19 231 all out, 49.5 overs (Oala 64, Kent 80; Karn 5-36, Pun 2-36) by 29 runs.