Bibhatsu Thapa slammed an unbeaten century as Kathmandu won the Wai Wai U-19 Regional Selection Tournament for Region No 3 (Kathmandu).
Kathmandu remained unbeaten with their third consecutive victory after defeating Lalitpur by 89 runs. Bibhatsu shaped Kathmandu’s comprehensive win after his 111 not out of 127 lifted the team to 272-6 in 40 overs.
The total was Kathmandu third 250 plus scored in the tournament and also the third consecutive match their batsmen hit centuries. Som Pal Kami had scored 115 runs twice in the matches against Bhaktapur and Nuwakot.
With a mountain to climb, Lalitpur were bundled out for 183 runs in 39.3 overs. Pawan Shrestha led the charge for Lalitpur making 75 off 80 balls but others hardly contributed. Pawan hit six boundaries and two sixes. Adil Khan was their next best contributor with 34 off 59 that included three boundaries and a six.
Ashish Pokhrel took 4-27 for Kathmandu, while Sharad Khadka and Nabin Kumar Yadav took two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Bibhatsu clobbered 12 boundaries and two sixes in his patient innings, while Prakash Bista smashed 60 off 47 that included 10 boundaries and a six. Som Pal continued to shine with the bat in the tournament with a 21-ball 40 that included three sixes and as many boundaries.
Sharad also chipped in 31 from 25 with three boundaries. Kamal Sapkota took two wickets for Lalitpur.
In a low-scoring match at the Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya grounds, Bhaktapur hammered Nuwakto by 59 runs despite being bowled out for 90 in 27.3 overs. Nuwakot were jolted when they were bundled out for just 31 runs in 13 overs after Prakash Bista (4-15) and Anish Upreti (3-5) destroyed them.
Som Pal was adjudged the man-of-the-series and best batsman, while Prakash Bista of Bhaktapur was named the best bowler. The best players of the tournament will be picked up for Kathmandu Region team competing in the Wai Wai U-19 National Cricket Tournament beginning from November 8.