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Amit half century give NPC second victory

Apr 21, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |

Amit Shrestha continued the form he carried from the Dhangadhi Pemier League as the opener struck a half century to give Nepal Police Club (NPC) their second consecutive victory in the DGMT cricket tournament in Janakpur on Saturday.

Put in to bat first at the Ranabhumi ground, NPC made a challenging 145-8 in 20 overs before they restricted United Cricket Club to 103-9 for a huge 42-run victory. NPC had begun the tournament with a 75-run crushing of Janakpur Cricket Team on Friday.

Amit’s 50-ball 66 was the cornerstone in NPC victory as he held the innings together with teammates before falling as the second last wicket. Amit hit eight boundaries and two sixes. Aarif Sheikh, who had 48 against Janakpur on Friday, chipped in 22 and Sunil Dhamala contributed 20 runs. Murtaja Hawari and Saidullah Ansari took two wickets each for United.

It was Haseem Ansari who led the United reply and managed a 25-ball 24 with four hits to the fence. Suraj Patel was their next best scorer making 27 from 36 balls with a six and a four. Lalit Singh Bhandari and Dipendra Singh Airee took two wickets each for NPC.

Janakpur went on to lose their second consecutive game in Group ‘A’ crashing to a six-wicket defeat at the hand of Phoneix Cricket Club in the second match of the day. Hari Shankar Sah led a lonely battle for Janakpur who were restricted to 109-9.

An unbeaten half century from Yasir Ali then took Phoenix to 113-4 in 18.2 overs. Yasir shared 48 runs for the second wicket with Mujibur Ali to lay the foundation for the victory. Yasir made 51 from 49 balls with five boundaries and Mujibur contributed 25 from 28 with one hit to the fence.

Earlier, opener Hari Shankar made 35 from 33 balls with two fours and a six but other Janakpur batsmen failed to back his performance. Rajpaul Saikia, Rajinder Lal, Bikash Chhetri and Bharat Newar took two wickets each for Phoenix.


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