Region-I (Biratnagar) entered the Wai Wai Women’s U-19 National Cricket Tournament with a stunning 53-run victory over Region-V (Janakpur), while Region-IV (Bhairhawa) had rain to thank for, for making their title chase easier after their match against Region-V (Nepalgunj) was abandoned due to rain.
After the first semi-final ended at the TU Stadium, Nepalgunj began their innings and were placed at 54-5 after 12.4 overs but heavy rain forced the abandonment of the match. Bhairahawa were given a place in the final straight away by the virtue of earning highest points in the league stage.
Nepalgunj had accumulated only three points in Group ‘A’ finishing runners-up behind Janakpur, while Bhairahawa were too dominant taking maximum six points to top Group ‘B’.
The final is scheduled for Monday at the same venue.
Kajol Shrestha struck an unbeaten half century and Samjhana Budhathoki put an all round display to leave defending champions Janakpur clueless in the first semi-final.
The duo shared unbeaten 93-run partnership for the third wicket as Biratnagar reached 137-2 – the highest score in the tournament – from 25 overs. Janakpur were sent packing for just 84 in 21.1 overs in their chase.
Saraswoti Chaudhary was the only Janakpur batswomen to show some resilience against Biratnagar with 17 runs from 27 balls that included one boundary. An erratic Biratnagar bowling conceded 25 extra runs that saved some blushes of the holders.
Yanji Sherpa and Samjhana Budhathoki picked up two wickets each for Biratnagar, while Sapana Shrestha, Sangita Rai and Sabnam had one scalp apiece. Three Janakpur batswomen were run out.
Kajol gave a perfect start to her team with a 29-run stand for the opening wicket with Rosana Rai. Sangita Rai was next to go in the second ball of the 10th over with Biratnagar adding 44 runs on the board. Both dismissed batswomen made eight runs each.
Kajol steadied the ship with Samjhana before taking Biratnagar to a commanding position. Kajol made 50 off 71 with four boundaries. Player-of-the-match Samjhana made a 45-ball 39 that included three hits to the fence. Anuradha Chaudhary and Shanti Chaudhary took one wicket each for Janakpur.