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Province 3 begin with victory

Apr 26, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |

Province 3 edged Province 1 by two wickets in the opening match of the Manmohan Memorial Inter Province U-16 National Cricket Tournament at TU grounds on Friday.

Electing to bat first, Province 1 made 119-6 in 30 overs after Pratish GC picked up four wickets. Province 3 then chased down the mediocre total in 28 overs but in the process lost eight wickets. 

Bibek Mehta was at the centre of Province 1 innings after Pratish's four-for reduced them to 14-5 at one stage. Bibek rebuilt the innings with a 45-run stand for the sixth wicket with Abhishek Baral (20). 

After Abhishek's departure, he added another 60 runs for the seventh wicket with Dipesh Kandel guiding the team to a respectable total. Bibek made unbeaten 56 from 65 balls with four boundaries and a six. 

Dipesh chipped in 24 not out from 37 balls with three fours and a six. Man-of-the-match Pratish returned the figures of 4-11 with one-maiden in his six-over spell.

Province 3 kept losing wickets but their batsmen contributed good amount of runs to see the team through. Top scorer Sushant Karki made 32 off 28 with three fours while Ashok Paudel (24 off 52 with one boundary). 

Abhishek Basnet (19 off 32 wuth a four) and Aaish Bhattarai (10 off 15) were other notable contributors. Luv Kamat, Dipesh Kandel, Shrawan Kishku, Sameer Timilsina, Bibek Mehta had one scalp apiece for Province 1.

A total of seven province teams will compete in Manmohan Memorial Inter Province U-16 National Cricket Tournament kicking off from April 26 to May 2.


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