Nepal APF Club completed a hat-trick of Women’s National Cricket Tournament once again defeating Region-V (Nepalgunj) at TU Stadium grounds today. APF made 187-8 from with a half century from opener Sita Rana Magar.
Nepalgunj were already lame in their reply after losing all rounder Nary Thapa due to injury along with Rekha BC and finished their innings at 73-8 in 33.5 overs.
Nary was rushed to the hospital after she limped off delivering two balls in the final after worsening a leg injury she sustained during their league stage match against Region-IV (Bhairahawa). It was later revealed that Nary has fractured her leg.
Ritu Kanojiya did the rest of the work picking up four wickets as Nepalgunj never looked comfortable in their chase. Mamta Thapa made 19 off 57 for Nepalgunj, while Sarita Thapa struck three boundaries to make 18 off 27.
Rest of the Nepalgunj batswomen struggled to reach double figures. Neera Rajopadhyaya, Sarita Thapa Magar, Binu Budha Magar and Karuna Bhandari also took one wicket each for the champions.
Earlier, Sita and another opener Madhu Thapa (12) gave APF a desired start sharing 42 runs for the first wicket. Jyoti Pandey fell cheaply for five but SIta added another 43 runs with Rubina Chhetri to take APF close to triple figures.
Sita was out for 58 off 62 in an innings that included 11 boundaries. Rubina made 16 from 27 with the only six of the tournament. Neera made 20 off 23 with three fours, while Ritu (16) and Karuna (17) pushed APF close to 200-run mark.
Anu KC took three wickets for Nepalgunj, while Rekha bowled eight overs before retiring from the match and took two wickets. Samjhana Sharma, Trishna Singh and Samana Pun also picked up a wicket each. Nary was later adjudged the player-of-the-match and best batswoman, while Trishna was adjudged the best bowler.
Jyoti Pandey of APF was named the Emerging Player of the Year.