Skipper Rit once again bailed out his team from trouble as Nepal Cricket School (NCS) United won their second consecutive match of the Sponsor U-16 Academy Cup cricket tournament in Pokhara .
Rit, who had struck a half century against Rock XI on Tuesday, made a second consecutive half century to hand NCS a 25-run victory over Pokhara Cricket Academy. At the Machhapuchhre cricket grounds, NCS made 140-8 in 20 overs and Pokhara could only muster 115-8.
The defeat was hard on Pokhara allrounder Mekh Bahadur Sen who made a half century in their chase after picking up two wickets. The other match of the day saw Kasthamandap Cricket Academy edging Syangja Cricket Academy ‘A’ by nine runs.
NCS had got a solid 79-run opening wicket stand against Rock XIbut that was not the case against Pokhara as Rit had to be involved in few crucial partnerships to bail the team out. The man-of-the-match scored 56 off 45 with seven fours and a six.
Sachin Sharma was their next best scorer with a run-a-ball 18, while Rijan Thapa (11) also made runs in double figures. Mekh and Navin Karki picked up two wickets each for Pokhara.
Mekh waged a lonely battle for Pokhara making a 44-ball 50 with seven fours and two sixes, while other batsmen just caved in. Bigyan Gautam took two wickets for NCS.
Kasthamandap made 112-8 in their innings on a back of decent contribution from only two of their batsmen but Saman Shrestha (3-5), Irfan Khan (3-21) and Adhil KC (3-22) took three wickets each as Syangja ‘A’ were 103 all out in 18.3 overs.
Sangam Gautam top scored for Syangja ‘A’ with 33 off 36 with three fours and Janam Godar made 20 off 22 with two fours. Both hit a six each. Kasthamandap were reeling at 15-4 but opener Surendra Basnet and Ram Surat Yadav fought back in a 58-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Surendra was unbeaten on 43 from 59 balls with fours boundaries and a six, while Ram Surat contributed 25 off 29 with two sixes and as many fours. Sangam took 4-14 from four overs to produce an allround display but for a losing cause. Surendra was named the man-of-the-match.