APF beats Mid-western to enter women's national cricket final

Published On: July 24, 2016 08:43 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 24: Armed Police Force (APF) Club on Sunday entered the final of the Women's National Cricket Selection Championship (20 overs) beating Mid-western Region by nine wickets at the Tribhuvan University Ground in Kirtipur. Similarly, Far-western Region recorded win in its opener beating Western Region by eight wickets.

APF won both the matches of Group A to secure a berth in the final. In its opener, APF thrashed Central Region by six wickets on Saturday. Both group A and B have only three teams.

In the decider on Sunday, APF comfortably chased 65 runs target losing a wicket in 11.2 overs.

Sita Rana Magar top scored 27 runs facing 26 balls before being run out by Trishna Singh, while Jyoti Pandey remained not out on 23 runs off 29 balls. Sita hit five fours and Jyoti cracked two fours.

Earlier, Mid-western, being invited to bat first, put only 64/8 on board in allotted 20 overs after Laxmi Chaudhary top scored 22 runs facing 44 balls. Laxmi hit a four.

Skipper Nary Thapa was another batswoman to score in double digit with 11 runs off 19 balls that included a four.

Other batswomen failed to contribute noteworthy runs as three of them were sent to the pavilion for ducks.

APF's Ritu Kanojiya claimed highest three wickets. Similarly, player of the match Sita and Karuna Bhandari picked up two wickets each to restrict the opponent.

In Group A, Central will face Mid-western on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Group B match, Far-western defeated Western to keep its hope alive for a spot in the final as Eastern Region also beat Western by nine wickets.

The match between Far-western and Eastern on Monday will decide the team to reach final, which will be played on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Far-western completed 92 runs target in 19 overs losing two wickets with the help of Roshani Bohara's  unbeaten 36 runs off 49 balls and Kabita Joshi's unbeaten 25-run-a-ball.

Player-of-the-match Roshani cracked a six and two boundaries, while Kabita smashed three fours.

Similarly, skipper Rekha Rawal scored 22 runs facing 31 balls that included two fours.

Indu Berma and Saraswati Pun claimed a wicket each for Western, which earlier scored 91/3 after Indu scored 43 runs facing 56 balls and Barsa Rana remained not out on 33 runs off 57 balls. Indu smashed three fours and Barsa hit a four.

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