Holyland HS School of Nepalgunj shocked title contenders Golden Gate International College (GGIC) of Kathmandu by seven wickets to enter the semi-finals of the fourth SPA Cup in Dhangadi on Wednesday.
GGIC had big names in their squad including experienced Dipendra Chaudhary, Sanjay Shrestha, Subash Pradhan, Prithu Baskota, Aakash Gupta, Rom Shrestha, Rupesh Shrivastav, Faizlur Rehman Khan and Aarif Sheikh but the Kathmandu-based team was left clueless after they were restricted to 109-9 in 20 overs.
GGIC still had the game in their hand with a strong bowling attack and got their foot right removing opener Sidhant Raj Shahi (one) with just eight runs on the board. However, Anupam Singh and Prajjwal Raj Shahi dealt with the target professionally before Holyland reached 113-3 in 18 overs.
Anupam and Prajjwal shared 83-run stand for the second wicket ending any possible chance of a GGIC fightback. Anupam played a match-winning knock of an unbeaten 61 from 52 hitting 10 boundaries, while Prajjwal made 35 off 42 with four boundaries and a six.
When Prithu dismissed Prajjwal, Holyland were just 18 runs away from victory. Rupesh and Aarif also picked up a wicket each for GGIC.
Faizlur top scored with 23 off 24 with two boundaries and one six, while Rahul Singh (19 off 25) was their only remaining batsman to stay long at the crease. Aarif (11) and Subash (10) made runs in double figures.
Siddhant Raj Shahi and Avinash Bohra picked up two wickets each for Holyland, while Amar Singh Rautela, Aakash Bista and Nizamuddin Halwai snared one victim each.