Nepal APF Club skipper Neera Rajopadhyaya broke the record of fastest century in women’s cricket completing the triple figures in just 70 balls in a Women’s National Cricket Tournament match against Region No 8 (Pokhara) at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Tuesday.
Neera – who also made a peculiar record of hitting six consecutive boundaries in the 39th over bowled by Sunita GC managed 116 off just 75 balls.
Neera broke the fastest century record set by Rekha Rawal of Region No 6 (Baitadi). Rekha had smashed 74-ball century against Pokhara where multiple records were set during the match on Saturday.
Following Neera’s scintillating knock APF reached 339-4 in 40 overs. Neera shared an unbeaten partnership of 161 runs for the fifth wicket with Sarita Magar. Sarita smashed 83 runs alone as Pokhara once again were hit for records.
Two more records were set in the match as APF bundled out Pokhara for just 52 in 36.1 overs winning the match by a record margin of 287 runs. APF broke Baitadi’s previous best record of 229-run victory against Pokhara. The match today also witnessed 40 boundaries surpassing Baitadi’s 35 hits to the fence against Pokhara.
Neera hit 18 boundaries alone, while Sarita smashed nine in her 60-ball 81 not out. Neera also shared 82 runs for the fourth wicket with Binu Budha Magar who hammered 45 off just 27 balls. Opener Sita Rana Magar did the damage up front making 46 off 48. Karina Gurung took two wickets for Pokhara.
Pokhara’s reply read five duck outs and Aarati Bidari was their top scorer with 19 runs. Pokhara received 18 sundries.
In TU, skipper Nary Thapa was once again the difference as Region-V (Nepalgunj) edged Region-IV (Bhairahawa) by 23 runs to enter the semi-finals. Nary made 49 in Nepalgunj’s 117 all out in 32.1 overs and returned to pick up three top order wickets that saw Bhairahawa ultimately folded for 94 in 34.5 overs.
Nary’s fourth straight player-of-the-match performance helped Nepalgunj win Group ‘B’ with eight points. Trishna Singh also took 4-20 destroying Bhairahawa middle order. Indu Berma – who also took three wickets in Nepalgunj innings — made 25 off 33 with three boundaries. Nary hit eight boundaries in 58 balls.