On a day when Region No 6 (Baitadi) shattered eight records following their 229-run humbling of Region No 8 (Pokhara), Nepal APF Club made it two-in-two and Region-III (Kathmandu) registered their first victory in the Women’s National Cricket Tournament under the first Lumbini National Championships on Saturday.
At the Pulchowk grounds, Baitadi made 362-1 – an all-time highest team total in the history of the domestic cricket – in an innings that witnessed two centuries, another rare phenomenon. Rekha Rawal made 131 off 98 and Anjali scored 111 off 95 balls as the duo also gave an all-time record 248-run stand for any wicket in any form or age group cricket.
Rekha capped a historic day for her when she took four wickets as Pokhara were 133 all out in 33.1 overs handing Baitadi a victory with record run-margin. Only Aarati Bidari (51 off 68) batted with some resilience in Pokhara reply.
Rekha began the day when she combined a for a record opening wicket partnership of 114 runs with opening partner Dropati Kunwar. After Dropati departed, Rekha brought the fastest century completing it in 74 balls and went on to eclipse Nary Thapa’s two records.
Rekha’s total is the highest individual score that beat Nary’s 121 off 128 she had made against Kathmandu on Friday. Nary’s century came from 109 balls. Anjali brought her century in 90 balls pushing Nary further back. Baitadi innings which was also studded with 36 boundaries broke Nepalgunj’s 25 when Nary had smashe 21 alone against Kathmandu on Friday.
Rekha hit 19 and Anjali hit 15. Two boundaries came from the bat of Dropati.
Defending champions APF struggled in their two-wicket victory over Region No 7 (Janakpur) at the Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya grounds. Sita Rana Magar picked up four wickets as APF squeezed out Janakpur for just 59 runs in 18.2 overs. Binu Budha Magar also picked up two wickets. APF reached the target in 19 overs but not before losing eight wickets.
At the Tribhuvan University Stadium grounds, Kathmandu eked out a three-wicket win over Region No 4 (Bhairhawa). Bhairahawa were 66 all out in 25.4 and a 22-run stand between Ashmin Karmacharya and Ashmita Kharel (three) rescued Kathmandu who recovered from 44-6 to reach 67-7 in 14.1 overs.