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Som Pal smashes back-to-back ton

Som Pal Kami was discovered by Nepali Cricket Fan Club and brought by the fans in Kathmandu to play cricket. He impressed promptly in his second tournament returning with the man-of-the-series and best batsman award in the Senior Region Twenty20 Selection Tournament and on Saturday, he moved one step further smashing back-to-back century in the Wai Wai U-19 Regional Selection Tournament for Region No 3 (Kathmandu). 


At the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds, Som Pal smashed 66 off 115 as Kathmandu hammered Bhaktapur by 80 runs for their second consecutive victory in the tournament. A day earlier, the 18-year old from Punjab – a place where his family is now settled after leaving their hometown Gulmi in Nepal — Som Pal had struck 115 off 85 balls to hand Nuwakot a huge 231-run victory against Nuwakot. 


The performance makes him the second batsman to score two centuries in a row in the National or Regional Selection Tournament of Kathmandu after Paresh Lohani. Paresh had scored back-to-back centuries in the Jay Trophy (1999) and National One-day Cricket Tournament (2000). 


Som Pal on Saturday clobbered 12 boundaries and seven sixes as Kathmandu posted a tournament-high 296-8 in 40 overs. Bhaktapur were restricted to 216-8 after Sharad Khadka picked up three wickets.


Som Pal – who is pretty handy with the bat and bowls at seer pace – put an allround display picking up two wickets along with Rabin Khadka. Purushottam Jha made a valiant 59 not out for Bhaktapur hitting eight boundaries in 71 deliveries. 


Lalitpur, meanwhile, overcame Nuwakot by seven wickets – a victory they had already sniffed after packing up the latter for a paltry 91 in 25.4 overs. Biraj Tandukar took three wickets for Lalitpur – who reached 93-3 in 19.3 overs with a 30 not out from Pawan Shrestha. 

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