Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) continued their Group ‘B’ supremacy crushing already-crashed out Region No 2 (Birgunj) by eight wickets to go into the Wai Wai U-19 Women’s National Twenty20 Tournament as pool winners.
On their way to registering a fourth consecutive victory in Group ‘B’, Bhairahawa stopped Birgunj to 90-8 in 20 overs before answering with 91-2 in 18.2 overs. Bhairahawa began with a 37-run opening wicket stand between Nitu Bhandari and Sadhna Gautam (nine) before the former added another 34 runs with Indu Berma.
Indu made 22 off 17 with three boundaries, while another unbeaten batswoman Aashna Thapa scored 14 off 21. Nitu was 31 not out from 44 balls. Aashna and Nitu hit one boundary each. Earlier, Birgunj total was bolstered by 33 extra runs with Rabina Ghimire top scoring them for 22 runs.
Rabina hit one boundary in 31 balls. Manisha Chaulagain (14 off 18) and Divya Shrivastav (14 off 38) were their remaining batswomen to make runs in double figures.
In another Group ‘B’ game, Region No 6 (Baitadi) remained in hunt for the semi-finals with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Region No 9 (Kanchanpur). Baitadi have four points from three matches at the second spot with Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) and Kanchanpur behind them with two points.
Sunita Lohar picked up 3-11 from four overs to restrict Kanchanpur to 80-9 in 20 overs. Baitadi rode on a fine opening wicket stand between Kabita Kunwar and Suman Gupta (19) before reaching 81-2 in 14 overs.
Kabita led Baitadi chase perfectly sharing 42 runs for the first wicket with Suman who hit two boundaries in 26 balls. The 42-0 then read 43-2 after Suman and new batswoman Manju Bokati (one) lost their wickets in a space of three balls.
Kabita, however, kept her cool and took Baitadi across the target with another 32-run unbeaten partnership with Samjhana Khadka (15 not out). Kabita’s 40-ball 28 read three boundaries. Punam Padwal and Sita Khadka picked up a wicket each for Kanchanpur.
Earlier from 8-1, Nirmala Chand and Bindu Rawal took Kanchanpur close to 50-run mark with a 39-run partnership. But Sunita’s dismissal of Nirmala sparked a terrible collapse as Kanchanpur lost their last nine wickets for just 33 runs.
Bindu was out as sixth Kanchanpur batswoman after making 23 from two boundaries. Nirmala also hit two boundaries making 19 runs. Samjhana Khadka also picked up 2-10 from four overs, while Kabita snapped one wicket.