Aashish Dhami shined with both bat and ball as Kathmandu Cricket Training Centre (KCTC) cruised into the Kathmandu Cricket League final defeating Baluwatar Cricket Club (BCC) by four wickets on Thursday.
In the first semi-final of the tournament that was reduced to 45 overs, Aashish’s five-for skittled out BCC for just 139 with 48 balls to spare. Aashish then laid the foundation of chase with a half century opening wicket stand as KCTC reached 143-6 in 34.4 overs.
KCTC will now take on the winners of the second semi-final match between Lord Buddha Cricket Club and Dhangadhi United who are meeting on Friday. The final is schedule for Saturday.
Aashish and Mahesh Chhetri opened with a 55-run opening wicket stand before both batsmen lost their wickets to Sunil Lama. Aashish top scored in the match with 32 off 47 striking four boundaries and Mahesh made 23 off 44 with three fours.
Rajesh Pulami Magar (15) and Aadil Khan consolidated the chase with a 30-run fourth wicket partnership before Sanjay Basnet (16) and Sumit Maharjan (15 not out) completed the chase. Aadil made 24 off 27 with a four and a six. Ram Thapa also picked up two wickets for KCTC.
Earlier, Nandan Yadav gave KCTC early breakthroughs reducing BCC to 22-2 before a 35-run partnership between Rohit Poudel and Rabin Joshi (14) halted the proceedings. Rohit added another 32 with Ram (18) but after both batsmen lost their wickets without adding a single run, BCC were pushed to back foot.
Aashish, who removed Rabin and Ram, struck with three more wickets as BCC caved in. Rohit made 28 off 40 with five boundaries. Anup Oli made some runs down the order making 23 not out off 40 hitting three boundaries sharing 40 runs with last man Avinash Bashyal (nine).
Man-of-the-match Aashish returned the figures of 5-18 from nine overs and Nandan took 3-22 from six. Rajesh also took 2-29, one of them was BCC’s top scorer Rohit Poudel.