KATHMANDU, June 5: Nepal Police Club (NPC) has reached to the final of the ongoing 1st Prime Minister Cup One Day Cricket Tournament defeating Armed Police Force (APF) on Monday.
In the last four clash played at TU Cricket Ground, NPC registered 34 runs win over departmental rival via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method after rain affected the match.
The rain interrupted the match when APF was 138/6 in 28.3 overs chasing 253-run target of 253 set by NPC. After the rain, APF was given a revised target of 173 runs by D/L method but it eventually fell 34 runs short of it.
NPC will now face the winner between Tribhuvan Army Club and Western Region on Wednesday. The second semifinal between Army and West will be played on Tuesday.
NPC made positive start to the innings with openers Sunil Dhamala and Amitv Shrestha building up a 67-run partnership for the first wicket. Sunil stroked 26 runs off 45 balls that included one six and two boundaries while Amit also made identical score with the help of three boundaries facing 43 balls.
Kushal Bhurtel who came to bat at third number contributed highest 52 runs off 69 balls that included one six and four boundaries to strengthen the NPC’s innings. He also built up a 68-run partnership with Dipendra Singh Airee for the fourth wicket.
Dipendra contributed 37 runs while Siddhant Lohani made 40 runs to help NPC make a respectable total.
Anil Shah was the pick of APF’s bowlers as pocketed 3-39 in nine overs and he was supported by skipper Gyanendra Malla who took two wickets. Likewise, Avinash Bohora and Bhuvan karki added one wicket each.
APF also had made positive start to the innings with its openers Subash Khakurel and Sandeep Sunar building up a partnership of a 34-run for the first wicket. Subash scored 17 runs off 28 balls that included two boundaries while Sandeep made 36 runs smashing two sixes and three boundaries facing 45 balls. Skipper Malla stroked the highest 45 runs hitting three sixes and three boundaries off 35 balls. Lalit Rajbanshi was the pick of the NPC’s bowlers as he claimed 3-31 in 10 overs while Sushil Kandel added another.