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NPC in semis as Far West, Eastern share the spoils

A wash out of the match between Far-western Region and Eastern Region put Nepal Police Club (NPC) in the semi-finals of the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament on Friday.

Eastern needed win their final Group ‘B’ match to keep their slim chances alive in the tournament but they were precariously placed at 22-4 in four overs in a chase of Far West’s 153 all out in 45.2 overs before rain intervened to benefit NPC.

Winless Eastern, meanwhile, are knocked out from the tournament with just one point from three games and Far West now must defeat Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) to regenerate some chances.

NPC have four points from two games and TAC are up next with two points from one match. If TAC lose to Far West on Saturday, the latter need to wait for the match between the Armymen and NPC on Sunday to decide their fate.

Electing to bat first, a half century from Bijay Rana took Far West to a respectable total against a side who were out for 103 and 104 in the first two games. Binod Lama took three quick wickets before lunch that raised the eyebrows for Far West but rain intervened to wash out the match.

The continuous downpour at the TU Stadium made the grounds unplayable before the umpires called off the game. Bijay highlighted the day with a 108-ball 55 with two boundaries and shared 40 runs for the fifth wicket with Santosh Bhatta.

Santosh made 22 off 46 with a boundary. Sagar Dhakala and skipper Pushpa Thapa took three wickets each for Eastern, while Minash Thapa also had two scalps.

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