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Baluwatar, KCTC set Khukuri title clash

Feb 15, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

Siddhant Lohani struck 73 not out from just 36 balls but still finished at the losing side as Baluwatar Cricket Club defeated Shantinagar Youth Club by four wickets to set the Khukuri Challenger Twenty20 clash with Kathmandu Cricket Training Centre on Thursday.

In the other semi-final match at the Tribhuvan University grounds, KCTC hammered Royal PC Fighter by 41 runs. Batting first, a gritty half century from Sumit Maharjan lifted KCTC to 163-7 before a collective bowling effort helped them restrict PC Fighter to 122-9.

Sandeep Sunar did the bulk of scoring for PC Fighter making a 33-ball 53 with seven fours and two sixes while forging a 60-run partnership for the second wicket with Naresh Chand (seven). Subash Khakurel (15) was their only other batsman to make runs in double figures. Man-of-the-match Sanjay Basnet took 3-23 from four overs, while Sumit Jha and Adil Khan took a wicket each.

Earlier, Sumit held the innings for KCTC making an unbeaten 56 from 42 balls with five boundaries and a six. Sanjay gave all round show scoring 25 from 17 with three four and a six, while Santosh Paudel played a nine-ball cameo of 22 with three boundaries and one hit over the fence. Shamsher Chand and Prakash Bista took two wickets each for PC Fighter.

In the first match of the day, Siddhant’s whirlwind knock lifted Shantinagar to 147-4 but man-of-the-match Sonu Tamang played a decisive knock as Baluwatar reached 150-6 in 19.2 overs.

Prithu Baskota struck a 33-ball 39 with eight hits to the fence but Baluwatar were not yet safe after the lost five wickets with 82 runs on board. Sonu then blitzed with a 34-ball 52 not out smashing four sixes and three boundaries sharing a match-winning 60-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Krishna Karki (13).

After Amit Shrestha struck a 31-ball 33 with six boundaries from top order and Manjeet Shrestha hit a 28-ball 24, it was Siddhant who lifted the team with a power-packed innings. He hit nine boundaries and three sixes in his unbroken 55-run fifth wicket stand with Mukund Yadav (six).


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