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U-16 Academy Cup kicks off as local clubs win

Machhapuchhre Cricket Club (MCC) and Pokhara Cricket Academy won their respective matches of the Sponsor U-16 Academy Cup as the tournament kicked off  at the MCC cricket grounds, Pokhara here on Saturday.

Hosts MCC defeated Syangja Cricket Academy ‘A’ by two wickets, Pokhara overcame Rock XI by 41 runs. In the first match, MCC restricted Syangja ‘A’ to 98-5 in 20 overs before reaching the target in 17.3 overs for the loss of eight wickets.

Sandeep Chhantyal played man-of-the-match innings making a 46-ball 44 with four sixes and a boundary, while Kiran Poudel (12) was their next best scorer. Asmit Subedi (3-28) and Sangam Gautam (2-9) shared five wickets between them for Syangja.

Earlier, Syangja were tied up by MCC bowlers with Bishal BK making a patient 22 from 43 balls with three boundaries. Sangam Gautam was quick in his 21-ball 19 that included two fours and a six. Krishna and Bibek took a wicket each for MCC.

Later in the day, Pokhara reached 110-9 in 20 overs and bundled out Rock XI for just 69 in 16.5 overs. Man-of-the-match Navin Karki was the chief tormentor for Rock XI picking up 4-13 and was ably supported by Mekh Bahadur Sen who took 3-13 conceding just 26 runs in their collective eight overs.

Sailesh Magar (16) and Kushal Bhattarai (10) were the only Rock XI batsmen to reach double figures. The leading wicket takers of the match were also the leading scorers as Mekh made 25 off 24 with three fours and a six, while Navin chipped in 21 off 16 with two sixes and as many boundaries. Sujan Gautam took 2-20 from four overs for Rock XI.

The tournament, jointly organised by Khukuri Ent and Devibas Events & Media Pvt Ltd in association with MCC, offers a cash purse of Rs 75,000 to the champions. The runners-up will get Rs 25,000 with the player-of-the-series, best batsman and bowler getting a SM cricket bat.

Energy drink Sponsor is the title sponsor., NIC Asia Bank, Pokhara Internet and Memento Concern are other partners. 

Match summary 

Match: Machhapuchhre Cricket Club Vs Syangja Cricket Academy A

Toss: Syangja
Cricket Academy A (BAT)

Syangja Cricket
Academy A: 98/5 in 20 overs

Bishal Bk : 22(43) 3 fours

Sangam Gautam: 19(21) 2 four 1six

Krishna 4-0-7-1

Bikram 2-1-2-1

Machhapuchhre Cricket
Club: 99/8 in 17.3 overs

Sandeep Chhantyal: 
44(46) 1 four, 4 sixes

Kiran Poudel: 12 (17) 1 four

Asmit Subedi: 4-0-28-3

Sangam Gautam: 4-0-9-2

Machhapuchre Cricket
Club won by 2 wickets.

Man of the match: Sandeep


Match: Pokhara Cricket Academy Vs Rock XI

Toss: Pokhara Cricket Academy (BAT)

Cricket Academy
: 110/9 in 20 overs

Mekh Bdr. Sen : 24(25) 3 fours, 1 six

Navin Karki: 21(16) 2 four 2six

Sujan Gautam 4-0-20-2

sushant Rai 4-2-6-1

Rock XI:
69/10 in 16.5 overs

Sailesh Magar:  16(23)
1 four, 1 six

Kushal Bhattrai: 10 (12) 1 four

Navin Karki: 4-1-13-4

Mekh Bdr Sen: 4-1-13-3

Cricket Academy won by 41 runs

Man of the match: Navin

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