Region No-VI (Baitadi) put their one foot in the semi-finals defeating Region No-II (Birgunj) by six wickets in the Women’s National Cricket Tournament at the TU grounds on Saturday.
Baitadi, requiring a victory to keep their hopes alive for semis, rode on an all round performance from Rekha Rawal to collect four points with three matches. They will now meet leaders Nepal APF Club in their last Group ‘A’ game on Sunday where even a slim-margin victory will suffice.
APF are already in the semi-finals. In another match, Region-IV (Bhairahawa) hammered Region-VIII (Pokhara) by nine wickets but to no avail. Bhairahawa finished fourth in the table with four points on net run rate and Pokhara ended at the bottom winless.
Rawal’s five-wicket haul bundled out Birgunj for just 95-9 in 40 overs. She then smashed a half century making 59 off 55 with seven boundaries as Baitadi overhauled the target in just 24.2 overs.
Subhadra Adhikari picked up two wickets for Birgunj. Nisha Giri was the only Birgunj batswomen to make runs in double figures scoring 23 off 70.
Pokhara were 62 all out in 21.5 overs in Pulchowk after six of their batswomen failed to open the account. Bhairahawa reached 65-1 in 12.2 with their top three reaching double figures. Indu Berma top scored with 16 off 21 hitting two boundaries.
Berma, earlier, picked up 5-17 from seven overs to demolish Bhairahawa innings. Sarswati Pun also took 4-18 from 6.5 overs. Opener Trishna Devkota was stranded on 14 not out off 65 balls.