Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club made it through to the semi-finals as Group A winners of the Prime Minister Cup Women’s National Twenty20 cricket tournament in Dang on Monday.
In the day’s second match at the Deukhuri Stadium in Lamahi, defending champions APF once against underlined their title credentials overpowering a relatively better Lumbini side by 61 runs. Lumbini will now follow them in the last four as runners-up. The Group B actions take place from Tuesday.
APF brought change in their opening pair bringing Rajmati Airee up the order the open the innings with Jyoti Pandey. The move worked as Jyoti gave a decent start teaming up with Rajmati (11) as APF made 122-4. Lumbini were restricted to 61-7 with only 21 sundries from APF helping their cause.
Only Laxmi Chaudhary (11) and Saraswati Pun (10) managed to reach double figures for Lumbini who kept losing wickets from the third over. Karuna Bhandari took 3-16 from four overs for APF. She now has nine wickets from three matches in the tournament.
Earlier, Jyoti began with a 44-run partnership for the first wicket and another 62 with Indu Barma as APF looke set for a formidable total. Indu chipped in a 30-ball 28 with four boundaries. Jyoti scored 49 off 54 with one boundary. Skipper Nary Thapa took two wickets for APF.
In the first match, Province 2 signed off with a consolation victory hammering Province 2 by 143 runs after a solid half century from opener Anuradha Chaudhary. Both teams had already crashed out from the tournament.
Anuradha stroked an unbeaten 69 from 60 balls leading her team to 165-3. Tournament minnows Karnali were then restricted to 22-9 after six of their batswomen failed to open the account. The Karnali team headed back without accumulating 100 runs in the entire tournament.
Saraswati Kumari Chaudhary and Kabita Gautam took three wickets each to restrict Karnali to lowest total in the country’s women’s cricket. The day belonged to Anuradha who notched up tournament highest individual total and on the way struck six boundaries.
She began with a 66-run partnership with opening partner Sobha Ale (23) and added another 74 runs for the third with Bimala Magar (21). Nisha Parajuli took two wickets for Karnali who also gave away 43 extras that included 30 wides.