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Big partnership delights Baitadi

Region No-VI (Baitadi) hammered Region No-VIII (Pokhara) by 194 runs for their first victory in the Women’s National Cricket Tournament at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Wednesday.


Baitadi had lost to Region No-IV (Bhairahawa) by seven wickets in their first match after their top and lower middle order collapsed but against an error-prone Pokhara bowling, it was a different story for them.


Baitadi piled a mammoth 240-4 in 40 overs in a scorecard that read 64 extras. Anjali Chand then wreaked havoc as Pokhara were 46 all out in 25.5 overs. Anjali picked up 5-12 in 7.5 overs and affected a run out with four Pokhara batswomen losing their wicket without opening the account.


The only bright spot for Pokhara in the match was a 16-run stand between Dhana Chhantyal (12) and Aarati Bidari (11) for the fourth wicket. Rekha Rawal also took two wickets for Baitadi, while Aasha Saki had one scalp.


Earlier, Baitadi lost their opener Rekha Rawal (duck) with just two runs on the board before Dropati Kunwar and Manju Bokati punished Pokhara bowling with a solid 170-run stand for the second wicket.


Bokati was out in the 31st over after making 59 from 102 with nine boundaries. Dropati, however, continued from the other end sharing another 35 with Anjali who was out for 24 off 18 with three fours. Dropati’s innings finally came to an end in the 39th over. She made 72 off 103 with six boundaries.


Kabita Kunwar made 19 not out from 15 with three hits to the fence. Saru Rajbhandari, Aarati Bidari and Prabha Nepali picked up a wicket each for Pokhara. Defending champions Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club lead the Group ‘A’ table with four points from two matches.

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