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APF, Nepalgunj in final showdown

Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) set the title clash of the Women’s National Twenyt20 Cricket Tournament with Nepal APF Club on Sunday following two lopsided semi-finals.


Defending champions APF ran riot over Region No 3 (Kathmandu) with a 221-run humbling at TU grounds that produced the fourth lowest score in domestic cricket.


A century from Jyoti Pandey propelled APF to 245-1 in 40 overs and Rubina Chhetri’s six-wicket haul saw Kathmandu folded for 24 in just 14.4 overs.


Nepalgunj swept away Baitadi by seven wickets after bundling them out for 59 before overhauling the target in 60-3 in 11 overs.


The day’s major action took place at Kirtipur where APF took an upper hand from the outset following a 51-run stand from Jyoti and Madhu Thapa (12).


After Kamala Rai removed Madhu, Jyoti and Sita Rana Magar then kept Kathmandu at bay with an unbeaten 194-run partnership.


Jyoti completed her half century in 62 balls and finished with exactly 100 from 105 balls in an innings studded with 13 boundaries.


Sita made 74 off 109 with nine boundaries. Jyoti is the fifth batswoman to reach triple figures in women’s cricket after Nepalgunj skipper Nary Thapa, Baitadi’s Rekha Rawal and Anjali Chand along with APF skipper Neera Rajopadyaya.


Kathmandu never had a settled innigs and after the early dismissal of opener Ashmita Kharel (one) and a run out from skipper Sangeeta Gauchan along with their top scorer Rabin Bhandari (10).


Kathmandu were 19-2 and lost the remaining eight wickets for just five runs with Rubina tormenting them with 6-9 from seven overs. Ritu Kanojiya also took 3-1 in 1.4 overs.


In Pulchowk, Trishna Singh wreaked havoc picking up five wickets as none of the Baitadi batswomen reached double figures.


Captain Nary also picked up two wickets for Nepalgunj.


Nepalgunj lost opener Sarita Thapa (one) early but with Nary at the centre got a 39-run partnership with Geeta Gosai at the other end for a convincing victory.


Nary though lost her wicket for 25 off 28, her innings was enough to see Nepalgunj through. Nary hit five fours and Geeta was 11 not out.

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