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Kathmandu, Batiadi enter semi-finals

Region No 3 (Kathmandu) and Region No 6 (Baitadi) entered the semi-finals of the Women’s National Cricket Tournament on a day when 40-over of women’s cricket recorded a the lowest score and second overall. 


Kathmandu defeated Region No 9 (Kanachanpur) by three wickets in Group ‘B’ to join Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) in the last four as runners-up. Baitadi were not in action and with four points needed Region No 1 (Biratnagar) to return with a huge victory against Region No 8 (Pokhara) to shut their chances. 


Biratnagar did bundle out Pokhara for 16 runs in 15 overs and reached the target in just 2.5 overs but still couldn’t leapfrog Baitadi on net run rate finishing fourth in Group ‘A’ behind Region No 7 (Janakpur).


Pokhara headed into the match after being hit for more than a dozen of records and on Friday they ended the tournament on yet another low note at the TU Stadium entering the lowest run makers’ club straight ino the No 1 position in 40-over cricket. 


The score is just nine runs more than what Region No 2 (Birgunj) had managed during the 2009 Women’s National Tournament in Kathmandu, a 25-over cricket. Friday’s total from Pokhara pushed Kanchanpur’s record low total in the tournament to second.


Kanchanpur were all out for just 17 runs three days back by Nepalgunj in this tournament.


Pokhara’s innings had nine duck outs where No 8 Rejika Bhandari made three not out and No 3 Smriti Aryal scored one. Biratnagar gifted them 12 extras in an innings that lasted for 90 balls. The number of duck outs is a record in any form or age group of domestic cricket.


Rashmi Sharma picked up five wickets for Biratnagar and Sangita Rai took four. Sabnam Rai also had one victim for Biratnagar who reached the total in just 2.4 overs. 


Kajol Shrestha was 13 not out from 10 balls with two boundaries for Biratnagar and Sangita (three) was the other unbeaten batswomen. Rashmi was out for a golden duck.


In Pulchowk, five run outs saw Kanchanpur bundled out for 83 in 28 overs before Kathmandu reached 84-7 in 24.5 overs. Roshani Bohora top scored for Kanchanpur with 30 runs from 48 balls with three boundaries. 


Rabina Bisunkhe took two wickets for Kathmandu, while Sangeeta Gauchan, Kamala Rai and Ashmin Karmacharya had one victims. Kathmandu were hit hard by dismissal of opener Ashmita Kharel (duck) but Sangeeta and Rabina shared 53-run partnership for the second wicket to  ease the chase. 


Sangeeta made 14 off 72 and Rabina scored 21 off 43. Kathmandu then lost their next four wickets for just five runs but riding on the second wicket stand sailed home. Roshani and Kabita Joshi picked up two wickets each for Kanchanpur.

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