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Prakash lifts U-19 title for Kathmandu

No 3 (Kathmandu) lifted the Wai Wai U-19 National Cricket Tournament at the TU Stadium on Saturday. 


In the final match, Prakash ‘B’ picked up six wickets as Kathmandu defeated Birgunj by 86 runs. Batting first, Kathmandu innings folded for 178 all out in 46.3 overs. Prakash kept on striking from the top to the lower order as Birgunj were all out for 92 runs in 26.3 overs. 


Prakash dismissed Birgunj’s leading run scorers in the tournament Amit Shrestha (naught), Suraj Prasad Kurmi (four) and Sumit Kadmiya (zero) even before the team had reached 10 runs.


Som Pal Kami joined the fast bowling spearhead taking the wickets of opener Aqueit Ali Ansari (five) and Prakash got rid of Arif Sheikh (eight) reducing Birgunj to 23-5. One run later, Som Pal bowled Bikram Basnet to Kathmandu on the top. 


Anil Shah and Ram Naresh Giri (three) tried to consolidate the innings but the former fell before Birgunj reached 50-run mark. Anil shared 37 runs for the eighth wicket with Irshad Ahmed (four). However, after Som Pal dismissed Anil for 54, Birgunj lost their remaining wickets adding seven runs. 


Game’s leading scorer Anil hit seven boundaries and a six in 58 deliveries. Prakash finished with the figures of 23-6 in 7.3 overs and Som Pal took 3-27 from eight. Navin Kumar Yadav also had one scalp. 


Earlier, skipper Bibhatsu Thapa followed up his Friday’s century against Region No 7 (Janakpur) in the semi-finals with another half century. Bibhatsu combined with Pawan Shrestha (24) collecting an 81-run stand for the second wicket. 


Bibhatsu made 52 off 89 hitting five boundaries. After the fall of Bibhatsu and Pawan, double figure scores from Purushottam Jha (19), Arjun Adhikari (12) and Navin (13) took Kathmandu close to 180-run mark.


Ram Naresh took 4-40 for Birgunj, while Ashib Poudel took 3-32 from 10 overs. Irshad returned with 2-38 and Suraj also took one wicket. 


Lalit Singh Bhandari of Region No 9 (Mahendranagar) was declared the man-of-the-series. Sunil Damal of Mahendranagar and Abhishek Jha of Janakpur were named the best batsman and bowler respectively.

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