Region No-II (Birgunj) remained in hunt for the semi-finals of the Women’s National from Group ‘A’ with a five-wicket victory over Region-IV (Bhairahawa) at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Thursday.
After defending champions Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club inched closer to the semi-finals from the pool with a nine-wicket crushing of Region No-VIII (Pokhara) in the other match at TU, it gave Birgunj an opportunity to edge ahead of other teams.
APF lead Group ‘A’ with six points from three wins in as many matches, while Birgunj have six from three with one loss and stay second. Region No-VI (Baitadi) and Bhairahawa have two points each with the former playing a game less. Winless Pokhara are out from the group stage.
Birgunj bundled out Bhairahawa for just 42 runs in 18.2 overs after none of their batswomen managed to reach double figures. Four batswomen were out for the top score of five runs. Their total was boosted by 12 extra runs.
Pushpa Aryal did the early damage removing their top three batswomen, while Puja Giri and Rojina Aryal polished off the late middle and tail order with two wickets each. Subhadra Adhikari had the wicket of Bhairahawa’s key performer Indu Berma.
Birgunj also didn’t have big contributors with the bat but the target was low enough as they reached 43-5 in 10.2 overs. Mamta Chaulagain top scored for them with 12 off 27 hitting two boundaries. Birgunj got 18 extra runs.
Indu picked up two wickets with Seema Thapa also getting one scalp.
At the TU Stadium, Pokhara played the entire 40 overs but made just 48-4 where opener Trishna Devkota (9 off 96), Shila Regmi (7 off 75) and Dikshya Baral (4 off 47) frustrated APF bowlers.
APF reached 49-1 in just 5.2 overs with opener Madhu Thapa top scoring with a 21-ball 25 hitting four boundaries. APF’s Rubina Chhetri, who picked up 2-6 form eight overs with four maidens, was named the player-of-the-match.