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Som Pal bats Kathmandu to victory

Som Pal Thapa played a blazing knock that sealed Kathmandu the title of the Senior Regional Twenty20 Selection Tournament for Region No 3 (Kathmandu) on Tuesday.


With a victory needed to finish their campaign unbeaten, Kathmandu crushed Tribhuvan University (TU) by 62 runs for their fourth consecutive victory at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds.


Som Pal was the hero of the day as he clobbered 75 runs from just 52 balls that saw Kathmandu pile a huge 151-6. TU could only manage 89-9 from 18 overs and their No 11 batsman Sujan Subedi didn’t take to the field due to injury.


Kathmandu – who owed their victory much to the scintillating performance from Som Pal – beat Lalitpur – who had three victories – in the run for the title. Som Pal made 130 runs and took four wickets in the tournament. On Tuesday, Som Lal hit five boundaries and three sixes.


Another opener Niraj Bhattarai made 18 off 16, while Arjun Adhikari and Suman Uday scored 15 runs each. Sudeep Sharma and Anil Adhikari took two wickets apiece for TU. Amir Akhtar and Prakash Bogati also had one scalp apiece.


With a huge target to chase, TU never settled in the match after Arpan Kafle picked up four wickets and was ably supported by Nabin Pradhan (2-23) and Niraj (2-8). Amir top scored for TU with a 15—ball 19 and Biplav Mani Pokhrel made a painstaking 18 from 31 deliveries. Openers Uttam Bhatta (14) and Prem Upreti (12) also made runs in double figures.


Meanwhile, in a match that bore no significance, Bhaktapur saw off Nuwakot by 22 runs. Bhaktapur were restricted to 94-9 after Abhiraj Yadav and Dipendra Pyakurel picked up three wickets each for Nuwakot. Nuwakot, however, failed to shine with bat after they were dismissed for just 62 in 17.3 overs.


Apurva Ojha and man-of-the-match Anil Karki picked up three wickets for Bhaktapur. Birat Poudel (16) and Niraj Shrestha (13) were the only Nuwakot batsmen to offer some resistance.


Earlier, Sumit Maharjan was the lone fighter for Bhaktapur making 36 off 53 balls that included two hits to the fence. Abhiraj was adjudged the best bowler for picking up nine wickets and Anil Karki – who took six wickets and made 80 runs – was named the emerging player of the tournament. Anil had also made 19 runs on Tuesday.

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