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Sunshine end Holyland’s fairy run

Bowlers ran riot as Sunshine College of Bhairahawa ended the fairy tale run of Holyland HS School of Nepalgunj with 74-run crushing victory in the fourth SPA Cup semi-finals on Friday. Sunshine will meet New Horizon College of Butwal in an-all Rupandehi title clash on Saturday.


After put in to bat first, Sunshine reached 167-7 in 20 overs after a decent opening partnership and fair contribution from the middle order. Indian recruit Mayank Yadav then picked up four wickets as Holyland were 93 all out in 19.2 overs.


Holyland had come into the semi-finals with stunning one of the title contender Golden Gate in the quarter-finals on Thursday but it was a different story for them in the last four match. 


Siddhant Raj Shahi and Prajjwal Shahi (12) started with a 24-run stand before Shaban Ali took two wickets in two balls with the dismissal of the latter along with new man Anupam Singh (duck). Mayank – who had slammed an unbeaten 73 in leading Sunshine’s rout of Golden Gateon Thursday – removed Amar Singh Rautela reducing Holyland to 41-3.


As Holyland were trying to recover, an extraordinary stage of the match saw them lose five wickets in six balls. Mayank took three of them after Subodh Srivastav triggered the collapse with the dismissal of Siddhant.


Siddhant made 28 off 23 with three sixes and a four. Nizamuddin Halwai prolonged Sunshine’s wait for victory with a 27-ball 17 before Antim Thapa scalped him. Mayank returned the figures of 4-29, while Subodh (2-9) and Shaban (2-12) shared four wickets between them.


Shankar Rana and Subodh had given Sunshine a fine start with a 54-run partnership for the opening wicket. Subodh departed first for 30 off 23 with five fours and a six followed by Shankar who posted a match-high 42 off 34 with eight hits to the fence.


After Mayank (six) lost his wicket cheaply, Antim and Nischal Chaudhary combined for a 49-run fourth wicket stand guiding Sunshine towards a safe total. Antim made 19 off 21 with two boundaries, while Nischal’s 20-ball 29 included three sixes and a four.


Sabin Shakya pushed the team above 160 with a nine-ball cameo of 23. He hit two sixes and a four. Akash Bista picked up two wickets for Holyland. Siddhant, Amar and Avinash Bohra had one wicket each to their name.

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