Skipper Rit Gautam played a captain’s knock as Nepal Cricket School (NCS) United of Kathmandu crushed Rock XI by 93 runs in the U-16 Academy Cup in Pokhara .
After openers Birat Bhandari and Sachin Sharma gave a strong start to NCS, Rit cashed on the impetuns with a half century as NCS piled up a mammoth 180-6 from 20 overs. Rock XI were 87 all out in just 17 overs.
In another match of the day, Makawanpur Cricket Academy routed hosts Machhapuchhre Cricket Club (MCC) by 78 runs after the former’s opener Sarans Gautam made the difference with the bat and Sakar Gajurel starred with a five-wicket haul.
In a chase of 181 against NCS, Rock XI got a decent 32-run opening wicket partnership from Kushal Bhattarai (17) and Sailesh Magar (17). But their middle order failed to build on the stand before the team was bundled out below 100 runs.
Abhay Kapoor provided a late entertainment scoring 16-ball 21 not out hitting three sixes. Ashraya Basnet took 3-29 for NCS, while Nitesh Yadav and Rijan Thapa picked up two wickets each.
NCS had their openers Birat Bhandari and Sachin Sharma (28) to thank for after the duo collected 79 runs within 10 overs. Birat made 42 from 33 balls with four boundaries and three sixes. Rit then took from where the openers had left clubbing five sixes and a boundary in his 33-ball 53.
Apart from man-of-the-match Rit, Rijan (26) and Pratish GC (13) also scored in double digits. Sushant Rai and Sandip Parajuli picked up two wickets each for Rock XI.
In the second match, Makawanpur piled up a challenging 153-7 and Sakar did the rest retuning the figures of 5-26 from 3.2 overs to shut down MCC innings at 76 runs in 16.2 overs.
Sandesh Bhandari made 26 off 17 with four boundaries and a six for the hosts, while Sandeep Chhantyal (15) and Krishna Poudel (10) reached double figures. Bipul Kharel also had two scalps for Makawanpur.
Makawanpur innings was built around Sarans half century as he made 53 from 41 with four boundaries and a six. Suraj Timalsina (15), Bipul Khanal (14) and Bishal Mandal (15) not out were their next best scorers. Santwan Poudel and Himal Pun took two wickets each for MCC.