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Holyland, Marland go to quarter-finals

Holyland HS School of Nepalgunj and Maryland College of Biratnagar registered victories in the fourth SPA Cup in Dhangadhi on Sunday.


Hasan Akhtar’s all round performance led Holyland to a 60-run victory over Tikapur Multiple Campus of Kailali, whileMaryland defeated Durga Laxmi Multiple Campus of Kailali by 22 runs.


Akhtar was the major architect in Holyland’s victory who made 47 with the bat and returned to pick up 4-16 in bundling out Tikapur for 80 runs in just 16 overs. Mahesh Shahi top scored for Kailali with 30 off 29 that included four boundaries and a six.


Akash Bista also picked up 4-18 for Holyland whose innings revolved around Akhtar. Opener Prajjwal Shahi made 25 off 27 from three boundaries and a six but Holyland were still struggling at 42-3 before Akhtar stepped in.


Akhtar smashed three sixes and as many boundaries in 34 balls sharing 46 runs for the fourth wicket with Abhishek Yadav (10) and 42 for the fourth with Amar Singh Rautela who chipped in 30 off 17 with two sixes and two fours.


Akash also played a cameo of eight-ball 15 with two fours and a six. Subash Singh Thakuri picked up four wickets for Tikapur.


In the second game, Maryland made 159 all out in 19.2 overs with a half century from opener Shivam Chauhan. Durga Laxmi were stopped at 137-9 with Rajvir Singh’s explosive knock of 38-ball 58 going in vain.


Rajvir shared 61 runs for the fourth wicket with Sankata Prasad (12) but his departure at 109-5 virtually ended Durga Laxmi resistance. Raju Rijal (20) was the other batsman to make some impression. Ramnaresh Giri and Manjeet Shrestha picked up two wickets each for Maryland.


Maryland were 28-3 before Shivam rescued them from a collapse with a 58-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Vivek Jha, who made a quick fire 35 off 15 with four sixes and two boundaries.


Chauhan added another 30 with Hari Shankar Sah before losing his wicket to Sankata. Chauhan made 51 off 38 with six boundaries and two sixes. Sah scored 28 off 30 with two fours and a six. Sanjay Pant (4-13) and Sankata (3-35) shared seven wickets between them, while Bhuwan KC took 2-14 for Durga Laxmi.

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