Nary Thapa got into the record books becoming the first Nepali women to score a century as Region No 2 (Nepalgunj) cruised to their second consecutive victory in the Women’s National Cricket Tournament under the first Lumbini National Championships on Friday.
At the TU Stadium the former national team and current Nepalgunj skipper Nary smashed 121 off 109 to script her team’s 115-run victory over Region No 3 (Kathmandu). In another match, Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) overcame Region No 2 (Birgunj) by 42 runs.
The day belonged to Nary whose record breaking innings studded with record 21 boundaries lifted Nepalgunj to 205-2 in 40 overs. Kathmandu were 90 all out in 29.4 overs after Saman Pun picked up 5-16 in just eight overs.
Nepalgunj had a disastrous start losing opener Laxmi Chaudhary without any runs on board in the fifth ball of the first over. And then it was all Nary in the match.
Nary shared 56-runs for the second wicket with Geeta Goshain (16) and a superb unbeaten 149-run stand for the third with Trishna Singh.
Trishna made 33 off 61 with two hits to the fence. Nary broke the previous best score of 92 made by Madhu Thapa against Brigunj in 2007 Women’s National Cricket Tournament while she played for Bhairahawa.
Nary also holds a record of scoring the highest individual runs making 66 against the United Arab Emirates during the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship in Singapore on 2010.
While Nary troubled Kathmandu with her bat, Saman did it with the ball demolishing the middle order of Kathmandu. Samjhana Sharma also picked up two wickets for Nepalgunj. Sandhya KC top scored for Kathmandu making 34 off 56 with five boundaries.
Sharada Wagle (11) was their only remaining batswoman to reach double figures. Bhairahawa were 135 all out in just 31.2 overs before Barsha Rana wreaked havoc in Birgunj middle order picking up four wickets – from No 2 to 5 — bundling them out for just 93 in 21.3 overs.
Indu Berma also picked up three wickets with Shaiya Gurung getting two scalps. Birgunj received highest number of runs from extras (31) and Sita Shrestha was their top scorer with 26 off 36 that included two fours. Rachana Aryal made 12.
Earlier, Bhairahawa scorecard almost had the same story and the only difference was extra runs. Saraswoti Pun top scored with 45 runs from 63 balls with four boundaries and opener Nitu Bhandari (10) was the only batswoman to cross seven-run mark.
Birgunj gifted 37 extra runs to Bhairahawa. Pushpa Aryal, Subhadra Adhikari and Sita Shrestha took two wickets each for Birgunj.