Skipper Nary Thapa and Trishna Singh ran riot as Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) humiliated Region No 9 (Kanchanpur) bundling them out for a record low 17 run in a Women’s National Cricket Tournament match at the TU Stadium on Monday.
The crushing nine-wicket victory over the newly established region also meant Nepalgunj are almost in for the semi-finals as they lead Group ‘B’ with six points from three consecutive victories.
For Kanchanpur, it was a nightmare. Nary took 5-11 in six overs and Trishna returned with 4-4 in 5.5 overs as Kanchanpur’s innings lasted for just 71 balls. It was the lowest total ever recorded following the introduction of 40-over cricket and overall a second low.
Region No 2 Birgunj were packed up for seven runs in 10 overs by Region No 6 Baitadi during their 2009 Women’s National Cricket Tournament match. Six Kanchanpur batters failed to open the account, while three made one. Sita Khadka was their top scorer with seven runs in a scorecard that read five extras.
Nepalgunj lost Saraswati GM (duck) with one run scored before Mamta Thapa (10) and Rekha BC (three) completed the chase. Mamta hit two boundaries in nine balls.
Meanwhile, Region No 3 (Kathmandu) registered their second victory with a five-wicket defeat of Birgunj in Pulchowk.
Birgunj had a dream start when openers Rachana Aryal (21) and Rabina Ghimire (17) gave them a 62-run stand but nine wickets fell for just 47 runs after that before they crawled to 150 all out in 35.3 overs. Kathmandu recovered from 28-4 in 7.1 overs before replying with 154-5 in 30.4.
Subhadra Adhikari removed No 1 to No 3 Kathmandu batswomen and Pushpa Aryal got another as Kathmandu were hit hard. Skipper Sangeeta Gauchan and Sharada Wagle anchored the ship with a match-winning 92-run partnership.
Sharada was out for 49 by Sita Shrestha in the 27th over but Sangeeta stood firm and added another 34 with Rabina Bhandari to hand Kathmandu victory. Sangeeta was unbeaten on 38 from 65 deliveries that included three boundaries.
Rabina clobbered four boundaries in her 14-ball 22. Sharada’s 69-ball innings was studded with fours. Earlier, Sita Shrestha saved Birgunj blushes adding 33 runs for the last wicket with Pushpa Aryal (seven) coming to bat at No 4.
Sita saw her partners lose their wickets and remained unbeaten on 38 not out from 51 balls with three boundaries. Player-of-the-match Sangeeta, Shanti Khatiwada and Kamala Rai snapped three wickets each for Kathmandu.