Sainik Sharks of Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya (SAM) and Ncops of Nepal Police Club set the title clash of the Wai Wai School Cricket Series on Tuesday.
In the semi-final matches held at the Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya grounds, Sharks crushed Sainik Seals of their own school by 76 runs to pose themselves as the title contenders. Ncops, meanwhile, had to sweat a lot registering a thrilling one-wicket victory over DAV Kiwis of DAV School in the match that was decided in the last ball of the day.
On their way to registering a fourth convincing victory, Sharks amassed 144-4 in 20 overs on the back of a superb half century from Mandip Bhandari. Hapless Seals were bundled out for 68 in 15.2 overs with poor running between the wickets costing them the match.
Kushal Pun, who was also a victim of a run out, top scored for Seals with 19 runs from 26 balls with three boundaries and Sudip Khadka (12 not out) was their only next batsman to make runs in double figures. Six Seals batsmen headed back to pavilion after they ran themselves out. Saroj Dallakoti, Saurav Pela, Santosh Khadka and Milan Thapa took one wicket each for Sharks.
Sharks lost tournament’s leading run scorer Bishnu Kumal (nine) cheaply along with Sajal Bhandari (three) but Mandip shared two crucial partnerships to give them a challenging total. Mandip shared 56 runs for the third wicket with Dinesh Dhanuk (22) and 61 for the fourth with Sourav Pela.
Mandip was out for a brilliant 61 off 47 hitting 10 boundaries, while Sourav made 33 not out from 21 balls. Bishal Budhathoki, Praful Shrestha, Anish Thakuri and Kushal Pun picked up a wicket each for Seals.
In the nail-biting semi-final, DAV were 97 all out in 20 overs before Ncops crawled to 98-9 in the last ball of the innings. Suraj Chaudhary made 24 off 30 with three boundaries and Subham Chaudhary (17) scored in double figures but the real contribution came from Binamra Chhetri whose seven not out guided Ncops to victory.
Devashish Sharma picked up three wickets for Kiwis with Bimal Kumar (2-12) and Ashwani Mukhiya (2-16) sharing four wickets between them. Kiwis were lifted close to triple figures with 22 runs each from Shubham Jhawar and Sujal Gupta.
Shubham hit two fours and a six in 31 balls, while Sujal’s 29-ball innings included one hit to the fence. Binamra picked up two wickets for Ncops with Suraj Chaudhary, Subham, Amit Adhikari and Nirajan Adhikari also taking one scalp apiece.