Wicket-keeper batsman Dilip Nath starred with a brilliant century as Nepal Police Club outplayed Province 7 and advanced to the final of the Manmohan Memorial Cup One Day National cricket tournament in Inaruwa on Thursday.
Electing to bat first, Dilip’s composed ton followed by a quickfire half century from skipper Manjeet Shrestha as NPC posted a mammoth 323-8 in 50 overs. Sagar Dhakal then picked up five wickets to dismiss Province 7 for just 123 in 31.3 overs.
NPC will face either Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club or Province 1 in the final on January 21. Province 1 and APF will are playing in the second semi-final on Friday.
Dilip scored an unbeaten 116 from 125 deliveries in an innings studded with nine fours and five sixes. Dilip — who came to bat at No.3 — was involved in three fifty plus stands and anchored the innings perfectly.
He shared 51-ball 80-run partnership with Manjeet (53) for the sixth wicket followed by 69 and 58 runs with Prem Tamang (24) and Kushal Bhurtel (27) respectively. Manjeet struck 53 from just 33 deliveries with four boundaries and as many sixes.
Kushal hit four fours in his 23-ball knock. Yogendra Karki also chipped 25 runs. Bikash Aargi was pick of the bowlers for Province 7 returning the figures of 3-45 in his seven-over spell. Binod Lama picked up two giving away 45 runs in 10 overs.
Narendra Saud, Sher Malla and Lokesh Bam also took a scalp apiece.
Sagar bowled exceptionally in NPC’s defence and bagged a fifer. His miserly bowling figures read 5-31 in 9.3 overs. Ram Naresh Giri (2-20) and Nabin Thapa (2-17) also shared four wickets between them. Sunil Dhamala also had one scalp.
Bipin Rawal and Lokesh Bam scored 26 runs each for Province 7. Bipin’s 34-ball innings included five boundaries and Lokesh hit three fours in 41 deliveries.
Narayan Dev Joshi (16) and Narendra Joshi (16) were other notable scorers for Province 7.