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NPC continue to dominate Group ‘B’

A youthful Nepal Police Club (NPC) continued to dominate the Group ‘B’ fixture of the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament crushing Eastern Region by nine wickets to all but seal a place in the semi-final.

On their way to registering a second consecutive victory, NPC rattled out Eastern for just 104 runs in 37.1 overs before cantering to victory in just 17.1 overs on the back of a half century from Sunil Dhamala and gritty knock from Dilip Nath.

NPC have four points from two matches and will battle fellow departmental side Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) in their last Group ‘B’ game in what could decide their fate in the semi-finals. TAC have two points from one game and play Far-western Region on Saturday.

Eastern, meanwhile, are virtually out from the highest cash prize tournament of the country with Far West still in the haunt for the last four spot.

Sunil returned back to the side after he was rested against Far West on Wednesday and he cleared his intent doing much of the scoring in a 45-run opening wicket partnership with Amit Shrestha (seven).

After Amit lost his wicket to Bidhan Goswami, Sunil and Dilip got involved in an unbeaten 60-run stand for the second wicket to throw Eastern out of the contest. Sunil, who hit a six off Raj Thapa to complete his half century, remained unbeaten on 52 from 49 balls with three sixes and three fours. Dilip, who had scored 40 against Far West on Wednesday, contributed 36 from 33 balls with six boundaries.

Earlier, Mehboob Alam once against saved the blushes of Eastern making 40 from 47 balls with three sixes and two boundaries. From 52-4 in the 16th over, Mehboob shared 40 runs for the sixth wicket with Jugal Chaudhary before losing his wicket to Manjeet Shrestha.

With Mehboob’s departure, Eastern went on to lose their last five wickets for just 12 runs. Opener Amal Das (13) was the leading scorer from the top order while other batsmen failed to score runs in double figures.

Siddhant Lohani took 3-3 from 3.1 overs, while Lalit Singh Bhandari (2-17) and Sushil Kandel (2-20) were also amongst the wicket for NPC. Kushal Bhurtel also had one scalp. 

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