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Sunil ton lights up Sunrise

On a day full of records, Sunrise HS School of Kanchanpur trounced Xavier International College of Kathmandu in the fourth SPA Cup on Saturday.


Opener Sunil Dhamala stole the limelight smashing the first century of the tournament as Sunriseset numerous tournament records. Dhamala, a former national U-19 batsman, posted SPA Cup’s highest score by an individual hammering 127 not out off 68 taking Sunrise total to an all-time high 245-1 in 20 overs.


Left arm seamers Avinash Karn and Lalit Singh Bhandari then ripped through Xavier batting attack before bundling them out for 78 in 19.2 overs. The victory margin of 167 runs is so far the highest in terms of runs in the tournament history.


Karn picked up 4-4 from four overs, while Bhandari took 2-9 from his four. Dhamala also starred with the bowling returning the figures of 2-13 from two overs. Ashesh Mainali (35 not out off 48) was the only Xavier batsman to make runs in double figures. 


Man-of-the-match Dhamala stole the limelight snatching the match from Xavier sharing a record 215-run stand for the first wicket with Amit Shrestha. The partnership is the biggest for any wicket in the tournament. Shrestha made 83 off 52 with nine fours and four sixes.


Dhamala continued his onslaught after Shrestha’s dismissal and carried the bat through the innings. Dhamala’s powerpacked innings included 14 boundaries and six sixes.


In another one-sided match, New Horizon College of Butwal routed Kailali Multiple Campus of Dhangadhi by 137 runs. New Horizon amassed 194-6 riding on an unbeaten half century from Prakash KC. A five-wicket haul from Rahul Prajapti saw Kailali skittle out for 56 in 14.2 overs.


Roman Bom (15) and Bipin Rawal (21), who shared a 41-run stand for second wicket, were the only positive for Kailali. Rawal made 21 off 20 with two fours. Prajapati took 5-6 from four overs, while Rupesh Bastola had two scalps. Sompal Kami and Susan Bhari Shrestha picked up one each.


Earlier, New Horizon lost opener Nurdhoj Sen (10) early before Sandip Sunar and Nirmal Thapa (21) shared 48 runs for the third wicket. Both batsmen were dismissed in a space of 13 runs with Sunar making 39 off 37 clobbering five boundaries and two sixes.


Kami and KC then rebuilt New Horizon innings with a 63-run stand for the fourth wicket. Kami was out for 28 off 17 with six hits to the fence. KC cruised to 62 off 27 slamming eight boundaries and four sixes in his unbeaten knock. Sagar Bhandari and Kiran Chand picked up two wickets each for Kailali.


On Sunday, Durga Laxmi Campus of Dhangadhi will meet Maryland College of Bhairahawa, while Holyland HS School of Nepalgunj play Tikapur Multiple Campus of Kailali.

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