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Shanti picks up hat-trick, Baitadi humbled

Shanti Chaudhary became the second woman to take a hat-trick in women domestic cricket as Region No 7 (Janakpur) crushed Region No 8 (Pokhara) by 147 runs in the Women’s National Cricket Tournament under the first Lumbini Championships at the TU Stadium on Sunday.


Janakpur registered their first victory keeping their semi-final hopes alive in a day when a record opening-wicket partnership between Prabina Khadka and Barsha Rana gave Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) a 74-run victory over Region No 9 (Kanchanpur).


Region No 6 (Baitadi)’s boastful record breaking start in the tournament punctured with a six-wicket loss to Region No 1 (Biratnagar).


Shanti’s 23rd over hat-trick underlined the day after her late outburst packed up Pokhara for 47 runs in 25.5 overs in Janakpur’s defense of 194 all out in 34 overs.


Aarya Aryal (16) crossed double figures for Baitadi. Pokhara are almost in a precarious position to make an early exit after they were smashed for eight records bleeding 362 runs in 40 overs against Baitadi on Saturday.


Player-of-the-match Shanti began the hat-trick over with the wicket of Prabha Nepali (four) followed by Sabita Gaudel before bowling Rejika Bhandari to bring the second hat-trick in domestic cricket and first after the 40-over game was introduced with this event.


Current national team skipper Rubina Chhetri and Karun Bhandari have international hat-tricks for Nepal. Janakpur earlier wobbled at 23-3 but a solid 127-run stand between Kabita Gautam and Saraswoti Chaudhary recovered them.


Kabita made 58 off 83 balls with four boundaries and Saraswoti scored 55 from 67 with five fours. Mamta Chaudhary also chipped in 28 from 24.


Sadikshya Pandey and Praba took three wickets each for Pokhara. In Pulchowk, Prabina and Barsha broke Baitadi opening pair of Rekha Rawal and Dropati Kunwar’s record 114-run stand by two runs laying the foundation for Bhairahawa’s 197-3 in 40 overs.


Kanchanpur were 123 all out from 26.5 overs in reply with player-of-the-match Pooja Bhandari taking 4-21. Roshani Bohora made 36 off 37 for Kanchanpur with four boundaries. Prabina, earlier, remained unbeaten on 67 from 132 balls.


She hit six boundaries, while Barsha hit three fours in her 32 off 69. Indu Berma conributed 24 off 33. Baitadi’s celebratory tone following their record setting 229-run crushing of Pokhara on Saturday quickly converted into a sad note after they were bundled out for just 86 in 28 overs.


Centurions from Saturday’s match, Rekha Rawal (15) and Anjali Chand (five), ran themselves out cheaply.


Sangita Rai took 4-17 for Biratnagar who reached 87-4 with owing to a 52-run stand between Rashmi Chaulagain and Roma Thapa took control in the match after a wobble of 34-3.


Roma made 26 from 54 balls hitting four boundaries, while Rashmi was 25 not out.

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