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MCA stun NCS to win U-16 Academy Cup

Makawanpur Cricket Academy (MCA) stunned title favourites Nepal Cricket School (NCS) United by 41 runs to win the Sponsor U-16 Academy Cup on Saturday.

In a low-scoring final at the Macchapucchre cricket grounds, Makwapur mustered a below-part 108-7 in 20 overs. But their bowlers did extremely well by bundling out NCS for just 67 runs in 15.5 overs.

Man-of-the-match Sakar Gajurel and Shubh Kansakar were the chief architect with the ball as the duo picked up three wickets each to destroy the middle and lower order. Sakar returned the figures of 3-7 from three overs, while Shubh took 3-5 from 1.5.

NCS had a modest reply in their chase after openers Birat Bhandari and Sachin Sharma (14) gave a 24-run first wicket stand. Raju Yadav then gave the breakthrough removing Birat, who made 17 off 20 balls with three boundaries.

Raju struck again with the dismissal of tournament’s best batsman Rit Gautam (one) as Sarans Gautam struck twice to pull the stuffing out of NCS top order. Sakar then bowled Sachin as NCS headed towards a humiliating total. Pratish GC offered a brief resistance but he fell to Sakar in the 15th over before Shubh joined the act. Pratish made 17 from 19 balls with two boundaries.

Earlier, MCA had similar start as opener Sarans (14 off 16) hit a six and a four but in no time they were reduced to 43-4 in 10.2 overs. Shubh and Suraj Timalsina then resurrected MCA innings with a 38-run stand that proved vital.

Shubh was the top scorer of the final making 31 off 20 with four sixes and Suraj was unbeaten on 23 from 29 balls with a four. MCA had three of their batsmen run out, while Nitesh Yadav picked up 2-7 from four overs. Shashank Agrawal and Rijan Thapa also picked up a wicket each.

Along with the title, MCA won a cash purse of Rs 75,000 and runners-up NCS took home Rs 35,000. Sakar was adjudged the man-of-the-series. Mekh Bahadur Sen (bowler) of Pokhara Cricket Academy and Rit (NCS) were other individual winners. They got an SM bat.

The tournament was jointly organised by Khukuri Ent amd Devibas Events & Media Pvt Ltd in association with Macchauchhre Cricket Club. Energy drink Sponsor was the title sponsor of the tournament.

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