Region-VII (Janakpur) claimed their maiden title in Nationals defeating settled Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club in a five-run thriller in the final of the Prime Minister Cup Women’s National Twenty20 Cricket Tournament on Wednesday.
In what was expected to be a mouth watering final, APF players thought they had put their one foot in the final bundling out Janakpur for just 45 in 17.3 overs. But what unfolded in their chase was a miraculous recovery when Janakpur squeezed them out for just 40 in 17.5 overs.
With seven extras bolstering their total, APF kept losing their wickets at regular intervals after Santoshi Chaudhary picked up three wickets and Saraswoti Chaudhary took two to demolish the departmental side. Karuna Bhandari made a run-a-ball eight and hit the only boundary of APF innings.
It was Janakpur’s first victory in the senior women’s national cricket who have always been title contenders in the U-19 National winning it once. Anuradha Chaudhary, Kabita Gautam and Shanti Chaudhary also picked up a wicket each for them.
Earlier, Janakpur also had a disastrous batting display with only Saraswoti managing to cross double figures in the day. She made 12 off 17 with one four, while Roji Kadari scored eight with one boundary. Kabita Gautam also made eight runs.
Karuna picked up 3-3 from two overs, while skipper Rubina Chhetri had two scalps. Ritu Kanojiya, Sarita Magar and Neera Rajopadhyay took one wicket apiece.
In the third place playoff, Region-IX (Dhangadhi) defeated Region-I (Biratanagar) by seven wickets. Biratnagar made 71-5 with Apsari Begam (26) and Sangeeta Rai (23) sharing 48 runs for the second wicket.
Dhangadhi rode on a 49-run opening wicket partnership between Nirmala Shahi and Sonu Khadka to reach 73-3 in 13.2 overs. Shahi made 29 off 30 with three boundaries.