Nepal disappointed in their ACC Women’s Premier Cricket Tournament campaign finishing fourth following a seven-wicket loss at the hands of Hong Kong on Monday.
At the Prem Oval in Thailand’s Chiang Mai, Nepal took to the field with an aim to salvage some pride after being thrown out of contention but yet another poor batting display saw them crash to third loss in women’s cricket against Hong Kong.
Nepal were 103 all out in 36.1 overs where skipper Rubina Chhetri was the top scorer with 22 runs and extra 23 runs helping them to cross triple figures in the match.
Hong Kong lost opener To Yee Shan (11) to Sonu Khadka with 15 runs on the board in reply but a match-winning second wicket partnership eased their chase reaching 106-3 with 16 overs to spare.
Another opener Yip Sze Wan and No 3 batswoman Lai Wang Ki laid the foundation for an easy Hong Kong win with a 68-run stand. Ki made 40 with six boundaries before losing her wicket to Sita Rana Magar, who took two wickets for Nepal.
Earlier, Neera Rajopadhyay (three) and Sita shared 19 run opening wicket partnership before three quick dismissal pegged them back.
Marin Lamplough removed Neera and Ishita Gidwani sent back Sarita Thapa Magar for a duck before Sita lost her wicket for 10 to Lamplough.
Saraswoti Chaudhary and Mamta Thapa combined for a 28-run stand until Gidwani got rid of both batswomen in a space of 10 runs.
Sarawoti made 16 from 40 balls with two boundaries before she was trapped leg before and Mamta was out for 12 off 33.
Rubina offered some resistance but lost her composure after making 22 off 36 deliveries in an innings featuring four boundaries.
Lamplough took 4-15 and Gidwani took 3-18. Bhutan, meanwhile, finished fifth with a five-wicket victory over Iran in another match.
Leader Thailand and China will take on each on Tuesday in the final match of the tournament with the winners to be crowned the champions.