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Mehboob bowls Biratnagar to victory

Posted by Prabin the सोभित on बुधवार, अप्रील 2, 2008

KATHMANDU, April 1 – On a minnow-bashing day, Mehboob Alam was virtually unplayable as Region No 6 Baitadi crumbled down to the lowest total of the Springwood National League Cricket Tournament at the TU Ground on Tuesday.

Mehboob took 7/25 – the second best bowling in nationals as Baitadi was bowled out for 44 in 12.4 overs – two less than Nepalgunj’s 46 in 2002. Baitadi was chasing Region No 1 Biratnagar’s 244.

The 200-run victory margin is also the biggest of the event breaking Region No 4 Bhairahawa’s 199-run victory over Region No 5 Nepalgunj in 2003. Similarly, Bhairahawa bowled out Nepalgunj for 50 in 26.2 overs to record a 165-run win.

Mehboob however failed to break Ritesh Baral’s figures of 7/14 recorded against Nepalgunj in the inaugural match of the event in 2002. He could have broken that too had he not been hit for 17 runs in his second over including three consecutive fours by Binod Bhandari (18 of 13 balls), who unnecessarily ran himself out. Mehboob bowled out Rabindra Chand, who tried to step out on the second ball, and Uttam Chand in the first over and took three wickets in four balls of the seventh over to end Baitadi’s innings early. Manjeet Shrestha took two wickets.

Earlier, Raj Kumar Pradhan and Santosh Baral made a new tenth-wicket partnership record by adding 96 runs to rescue Biratnagar which was 148/9 at one stage. Raj Kumar hit 45 off 42 balls with five fours and a six before being bowled by Chandra Saud while Santosh remained unbeaten on 35 off 30 balls.

Rajendra Bam returned with impressive figures of 4/27, and Chandra took two wickets early to scare the four-time champion. Other contributors for Biratnagar were Ajay Rajbanshi (26), Manjeet (23) and Manoj Katuwal (22). Biratnagar also benefited from 49 extras, including 21 wides by Chandra alone.

At Institute of Engineering Ground, Shakti Gauchan’s allround performance put defending champion Bhairahawa on top of the table with three wins in as many matches.

Antim Thapa and Shakti Gauchan scored half-centuries as Bhairahawa raced to 215 in 46 overs. He then turned his left-arm spinners to return with match figures of 2/5 to bowl out Nepalgunj for 50 and record a 165-run win. Nepalgunj’s Meeraj Ansari was the man who saved his team from further embarrassment. He bowled at disciplined pace to take four wickets to restrict Bhairahawa to a meager total and topscored with 12 – including a six of the last scoring shot – to put his team beyond the earlier lowest total.

For Bhairahawa, Sagar Khadka (26), Akash Gupta (19) and Manoj Vaishya (18) contributed a few runs apart from Shakti and Antim, who got 52 off 68 balls. Nirmal KC and Sandeep Shrestha picked two wickets each for the losers.

In Nepalgunj’s innings, no one except Meeraj, reached double-figure while Faizal Khan also took two wickets for Bhairahawa.

Today’s Matches
Biratnagar vs Kathmandu at TU

Bhairahawa vs Birgunj at Lab


2 Responses to “Mehboob bowls Biratnagar to victory”

  1. prashantpanday said

    hi nepali cricketers i am very happy because all player are performing very well to perform in icc i am happy for my friend ajay rajbansi too because he is performing very well toooooooo

  2. Alam takes 7; Baitadi out for record low

    The Himalayan Times, Kathmandu, April 1:

    Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) registered their third consecutive victory at the Springwood Senior One Day National Cricket League beating Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) by 165 runs today.
    At the TU Stadium, Mehboob Alam took 7-25 as Region No 1 (Biratnagar) thrashed Region No 6 (Baitadi) by 200 runs. Electing to bat first, Biratnagar were all out for 244 in 49.4 overs, while Baitadi were packed for a paltry 44 runs in 12.4 overs. Baitadi’s score is the lowest in national tournaments. The previous lowest total was 46 scored by Nepalgunj against Kathmandu in the first edition.
    Alam’s figures is the second best in national tournaments. He became the only third player to take seven wickets in an innings. Ritesh Baral of Kathmandu (7-14 against Nepalgunj in 2002) and Narayan Patel of Birgunj (7-27 against Kathmandu in 2004) are the others.
    The wickets also took Alam to the third position at the highest wicket-takers’ list with 46 wickets in national tournaments. Raju Basnet of Kathmandu leads with 51 wickets, followed by Binod Das of Birgunj (49). Raj Kumar Pradhan of Biratnagar is fourth with 45 and Shakti Gauchan of Bhairahawa is fifth with 40.
    On Tuesday, Biratnagar overcame a poor start to post 244 runs. Legspinner Raj Kumar Pradhan scored fluent 45 off just 42 balls including five fours and a six. Santosh Barai hit three fours and a six in his 30-ball 35. Rajendra Bam took 4-27 and Chandra Saud 3-62 for Baitadi.
    In reply, Binod Bhandari (18) was the only batsman to reach the double figures for Baitadi. Apart from man of the match Alam, Manjeet Shrestha claimed 2-19.
    At Engineering Campus, Bhairahawa were bowled out for 215 in 46 overs. Nepalgunj could muster just 50 runs in 26.2 overs in reply.
    Antim Thapa top-scored with 52 off 68 balls hitting seven fours and skipper Shakti, who hit three fours in his 73-ball innings, made 50 for Bhairahawa. The duo shared 58-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Shakti then put on 65 runs for the fifth wicket with Sagar Khadka (26).
    For Nepalgunj, Meraz Ansari took 4-49, while Nirmal KC and Sandeep Shrestha claimed two wickets apiece. In reply, Nepalgunj were never in contention and were eventually dismissed for 50. No 10 batsman Meraz Ansari (12) was the lone batsman to score in double figures. Faizal Khan and Shakti Gauchan took two wickets each for Bhairahawa.
    On Wednesday, Birgunj will take on Bhairahawa at Lab School and Biratnagar will face Kathmandu at the TU Stadium.

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