Region No-VII (Janakpur) filed their second consecutive victory and Region No-V (Nepalgunj) opened their Women’s National Cricket Tournament campaign with a crushing win on Friday.
In Group ‘B’ matches, Janakpur edged Region No-I (Biratnagar) by 14 runs at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds. Nepalgunj, meanwhile, ran riot over Region No-IX (Dhangadi) by 160 runs with an all round display from Trishna Singh at the TU grounds. Janakpur lead the point table with four points.
Electing to bat first in Pulchowk, Janakpur made 169-7 in 40 overs before stopping Biratnagar at 155 all out in 28.5. Biratnagar were reduced to 40-3 after 7.1 overs but opener Kajol Shrestha and Roma Thapa brought them back in the match with a 74-run stand for the fourth wicket before Shanti Chaudhary picked up three wickets to halt the proceedings.
Kajol was first to go for a 48-ball 41after hitting six boundaries before the duck dismissals of Apsari Begam and Geeta Prasai. Shanti virtually ended Janakpur innings with the prized scalp of Thapa. Mamta Chaudhary polished off the tail with three lower order wickets. Thapa made 40 off 52 with four boundaries. Sujata Chhetri made 16 off 15 with three hits to the fence.
Mamta earlier also starred with the ball smashing a half century after Sobha Ale provided a decent start to Janakpur. Opener Ale shared 48 runs for the second wicket with Anuradha Chaudhary (six) and 53 for the third with Mamta. Ale lost her wicket for 42 off 99 with four boundaries.
Mamta made a quickfire 58 off 55 in an innings that included six boundaries and the only six of the tournament. Sangita Rai picked up three wickets for Biratnagar and Rashmi Sharma had two scalps.
In Kirtipur, Nepalgunj amassed 202-5 before bundling out Dhangadi for just 42 runs in 13.5 overs. Opener Bimala Bhatt (10) and Bindu Rawal (10) were the only Dhangadi batswomen to touch double figures. Trishna and Kamala Budhathoki picked up three wickets each for Nepalgunj.
Singh earlier lifted Nepalgunj from a precarious 14-2 in 5.4 overs sharing 115 runs for the third wicket with Sanju Chaudhary. Chaudhary made 51 off 67 with six boundaries. After the dismissal of Chaudhary, Singh shared 37 runs for the fourth wicket with Rekha BC (16) and an unbeaten 40 for the sixth with skipper Mamta Thapa (20).
Singh finished unbeaten on 60 off 98 hitting two boundaries. Sita Khadka picked up two wickets for Dhangadi.