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4dPeter Della Penna

The painfully small margins in Associate cricket

Nepal has gained ODI status for the first time winning absolute nail-biters, but the teams that lost by such small margins also deserve a shot at more funding and better recognition

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Nepal claim ODI status for the first time

Dipendra Singh Airee was front and centre on this historic occasion, claiming 4 for 15 to knock the opposition over for 114 and then leading the chase with a 58-ball half-century

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Coetzer leads Scotland into the Super Sixes

The captain's unbeaten 88 against Nepal led Scotland into the Super Sixes stage of the World Cup Qualifier and one step closer to the showpiece event in England in 2019

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15dPeter Della Penna

The giggly boy wonder from Sauraha

In a short time, Nepal's 17-year-old legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane has become an internationally recognised name in the game, but the fame and fortune hasn't swayed him one bit

16dThe Report by Liam Brickhill in Bulawayo

Raza, Taylor tons power Zimbabwe to massive win

The pair added 173 for the fifth wicket to drive the hosts to a total of 380 for 6; Raza followed up with three wickets to help wrap up a 116-run win

17dNagraj Gollapudi

Why is the ICC not streaming the World Cup qualifier?

Given the presence of four Full Members and the high-stakes nature of the tournament, good viewership figures can be expected, but bringing it to that audience might not yet be a cost-effective undertaking

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17dLiam Brickhill

Test-nation gravitas spices up World Cup Qualifier

This tournament will ask existential questions of almost every team: what would it mean for West Indies, winners of the inaugural World Cup in England more than 40 years ago, to miss out?

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18dESPNcricinfo staff

What is the World Cup Qualifier?

The tournament begins in Zimbabwe on Sunday and will continue across Harare, Bulawayo and Kwekwe until March 25. Here is everything you need to know about it

Who is Sandeep Lamichhane? (1:52)
All you need to know about the World Cup Qualifiers (1:41)
We showed a lot of character - Khadka (1:58)
'Can't believe we won' (2:22)
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33dPeter Della Penna in Windhoek

The Cardiac Kids from Nepal

Nepal have been the specialists of heart-stopping finishes in the WCL Division Two and their victory to seal a place in the World Cup Qualifier was a perfect example

'It's all come down to hard work' - Paras Khadka (1:29)
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35dPeter Della Penna in Windhoek

The agony and ecstasy of World Cricket League

Two moments in the field - a run out in the match between UAE and Oman, and a fumble in the game between Kenya and Nepal - summed up the contrasting emotions in the tournament

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35dPeter Della Penna in Windhoek

Nepal's 'miracle' takes them into World Cup Qualifiers

With one wicket in hand, Nepal needed eight off the final over. The first four balls were dots, but Karan KC's six off the fifth ball propelled them to an improbable win against Canada

'I was the first to run into the ground' - Lamichhane (1:40)
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37dThe Report by Peter Della Penna in Windhoek

Naveed, Haider end Oman's World Cup dreams

Defending a middling total of 159, UAE bowlers Mohammad Naveed and Imran Haider took three wickets each to complete a 46-run victory

2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (ICC Trophy)

Super Sixes
Group A
Group B

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