Nepal clean swept world’s first ever bilateral series between two visually impaired women’s teams crushing the UK 3-0 in the Best of Three Twenty20 Cricket Series on Tuesday.
Nepal were already the winners when they crushed UK by 169 runs and 73 runs in the first two games and in the third/final match at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Tuesday, they trounced them by 10 wickets.
UK women crossed triple figures for the first time in the tournament making 102-4 in 20 overs. But Nepal underlined their supremacy with their openers Mankeshi Chaudhary and Neema BC taking the team across the finish line in just 11.4 overs.
Mankeshi made her second half century of the tournament making 51 not out and Neema chipped in unbeaten 30 to take Nepal home. Mankeshi ended up making 135 runs from three matches that won her player-of-the-series along with player-of-the-final trophies. Mankeshi pocketed Rs 5,000 overall for her twin feat.
Earlier, Sarah was the crucial contributor for the British side making 40 runs, while Elysse contributed 20 runs. Hannah (eight) was their next best contributor.
Sunita Ghimire picked up two wickets for Nepal with Mina Chhetri and Bhagwati Amgain getting one scalp apiece. The champions received a cash purse of Rs 50,000.
The tournament was organized by the Cricket Association of Blind (CAB) Nepal. CAB Nepal claims that they have formed the first ever women’s visually impaired cricket team of the world.
In a program prior to the tournament, the UK team revealed that they imitated CAB Nepal in forming their women’s team. The UK team had practiced in Pokhara before competing in the tournament against Nepal.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SERIES
First Match: October 26
Nepal: 248-2 in 20 overs (Neema BC 77, Om Maya Pun 41, Sarita Ghimire 30)
(Louis 1wkt, Elysse 1wkt)
UK: 79-8 in 20 overs (Louis 17, Elysse 15)
(Bhagwati Amgain 4wkts, Bhagwati Bhattarai 4wkts)
Nepal won by 169 runs
Second Match: October 27
Nepal: 173-3 in 20 overs (Mankeshi Chaudhary 77, Om Maya Pun 24)
(Louis 1wkt, Elysse 1 wkt, Harvey 1wkt)
UK: 80-8 in 20 overs (Jade 16, Sarah 14)
(Bhagwati Bhattarai, Sunita GC, Bhagwati Amgain 2wkts each)
Nepal won by 93 runs
Third Match: October 28
UK: 102-4 in 20 overs (Sarah 40, Elysse 20, Hannah 8)
(Sunita Ghimire 2 wkts)
Nepal: 103-0 in 11.4 overs (Mankeshi Chaudhary 51, Neema BC 30)
Nepal won by 10 wickets