Bhairahawa in final
Posted by Prabin the सोभित on बिहिवार, अप्रील 3, 2008
THE KATHMANDU POST REPORT
KATHMANDU, April 2 – Captain Shakti Gauchan guided Region No 4 Bhairahawa into the final of the Springwood National League Cricket Tournament with a 55-run victory over Region No 2 Birgunj at the Lab School Ground on Wednesday.
Shakti scored unbeaten 72 as the defending champion posted 198/8 in the 42-over match before Birgunj was bowled out for 143 in 39 overs. In the other match, Region No 3 Kathmandu thrashed four-time champion Region No 1 Biratnagar by 147 runs. Birgunj captain Binod Das gave his team a good start with a wicket in the first ball as Basanta Regmi skied one to Binay Sah at long-on. It was Binod’s 50th wicket in the national league and he became the second player after Raju Basnet to reach the landmark.
He then added two more while Sameer Thapa and Sanjam Regmi also grabbed two each as Bhairahawa went down to 74/7 in 20 overs. But then, Shakti turned the tables on Birgunj partnering 54 with Amrit Bhattarai, who hit 29 off 41 balls with two fours and two sixes.
Sagar Khadka, who had earlier went out of the field after sustaining injury on forehead hit by Binod’s delivery, came back to add unbeaten 68 with his captain to take the team to a good total. Sagar got 16 while Shakti hit eight fours and two sixes in his 89-ball knock.
Birgunj did not start well losing Suraj Timilsina in the second over and never recovered. In 12 overs, it was 53/5 needing heroics of opener Anil Mandal who was looking good. Anil got 50 of 81 balls with six fours but was undone by an arm ball from left-arm spinner Basanta to put Birgunj at 93/6.
Raj Mohammad (25) and Binod Das (18) tried to fight but it got all out for 143. Amrit took three wickets to cap an excellent day while Faizal Khan, Basanta and Rahul BK each took two wickets.
At TU Cricket Ground, Biratnagar proved no match to Kathmandu after captain Paresh Lohani’s fine knock. Paresh scored 79 off 108 balls with 11 fours and Raju Basnet added 41 off 39 balls with three sixes toward the end as Kathmandu posted 235 in 49.5 overs. Gyanendra Malla made a good contribution with 31. For Biratnagar, Mehboob Alam took three wickets and Raj Kumar Pradhan, bowling with injured hand, got two.
In reply, poor running between the wickets and fine bowling from Kathmandu bowled Biratnagar out for 88 runs in 22.1 overs – its fourth lowest total in the event’s history. Manoj Katuwal (18), Sunny Pun (16), Ajay Rajbanshi (15) and Pashupati Mandal (11) were the only batsmen to score in double-digit. Paras Khadka (3/9), Abhaya Rana (2/50) and Pramod Basnet (1/24) finished the match as other bowlers were not required.
Today’s Matches: Kathmandu vs Nepalgunj at TU; Birgunj vs Baitadi at Lab
Binod’s 50 Wickets
Birgunj captain Binod Das became the second player to complete 50 wickets in the national league when Basanta Regmi of Bhairahawa skied the first ball of the innings straight to a fielder. Raju Basnet of Kathmandu was the first player to achieve the milestone two days ago.
Binod took two more wickets in the innings to take his individual tally to 52 wickets from 24 matches – without failing to take wickets in any of them – and become the leading wicket-taker as Raju did not bowl in Wednesday’s match.
Top Five Bowlers:
Player Matches Wkts Avg Best
Binod Das (RN2) 24 52 11.94 4/22
Raju Basnet (RN3) 26 51 13.22 5/15
Mehboob Alam (RN1) 24 49 9.61 7/25
Raj Kumar Pradhan (RN1) 22 47 9.91 5/42
Shakti Gauchan (RN4) 22 40 8.23 5/19