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Pradeep, Subash centuries put APF in semi-finals

Jun 04, 2018 | Parbati Lama |
Pradeep Airee set a new record of highest individual score in domestic cricket and Subash Khakurel also scored a century as Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club hammered Province 2 by 96 runs under Duckworth/Lewis method to enter the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament semi-finals on Monday.
On a record breaking day at the TU grounds, Pradeep struck a 135-ball 158 to surpass Raju Khadka's 15-year old record of 151 and Subash scored 103 from 130 deliveries to lead APF to a tournament-high 339-6 in 50 overs. 
Province 2 were 64 without loss in 16 overs before a lengthy rain intervention handed them a revised target of 202 runs in 28 overs. Their chase fell down after the resumption and were restricted to 105-9. 
Only opener Hari Shankar Sah and Suraj Patel managed to resist the APF attack crossing double digits. Hari made 38 from 52 balls with three boundaries and Suraj scored 34 from 53 hitting five boundaries and a six. 
Karan KC and skipper Basanta Regmi took three wickets each for the departmental side who are now at the top of the table on net run rate after being tied on six points with Tribhuvan Army Club. The two sides will meet each other on Tuesday to decide the group winners.
A memorable day was scripted by Pradeep and Subash who are now in a comeback bid for national team and both hit timely centuries. After Divyanshu Mallick removed opener Anil Kumar Sah (three) at 20, Pradeep and Subash kept vigil to build a 231-run partnership for the second wicket. 
Pradeep hit 13 boundaries and eight sixes, while Subash's composed innings included seven fours and two sixes. Prithu Baskota (29 off 14) and Bhuwan Karki (16 off six) provided the late lift required. Mallick took five wickets but was smashed for 84 runs in nine overs.


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