Region No 6 (Baitadi) gained an advantage in their Women’s National Cricket Tournament semi-finals with a seven-wicket victory over Region No 7 (Janakpur) in a crucial Group ‘A’ match at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Thursday.
With Nepal APF Club already winning their group, Baitadi – a team that set eight records against Region-VIII (Pokhara) – were under deep trouble languishing at the third spot with two points. But following Thursday’s result, they not only knocked out Janakpur to go second on net run rate but also put their one foot in the semi-finals. Baitadi and Janakpur have four points each.
Baitadi are almost through to the last four but will still wait for Friday’s result between Region No 1 Biratnagar and Pokhara. Biratagar have a negative run rate and to get the better of Baitadi, they need to come out with huge victory. Winless Pokhara have already been hit for more than a dozen of records in the tournament.
At the TU Stadium in Group ‘B’ newly established Region No 9 (Kanchanpur) kept their slim hopes defeating Region No 2 (Birgunj) by 30 runs for their fourth straight loss. Kanchanpur registered their second and with a negative run rate, they have to come out with an unlikely huge victory against second-placed Kathmandu who have two points.
Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) are already through as group winners, while Kathmandu have four points so far enough to sideline Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) – also on four points – on net run rate.