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Kathmandu edges valiant Bhairahawa

Posted by Prabin the सोभित on सोमवार, अप्रील 7, 2008

THE KATHMANDU POST

KATHMANDU, April 6 – Region No 3 Kathmandu lifted the Springwood National League Cricket Tournament title after emerging the winner in an epic battle with defending champion Region No 4 Bhairahawa at the TU Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The final was decided on the last ball with Bhairahawa falling short by just one run. Requiring 169 in 36 overs as a revised target, Bhairahawa ended at 167/9. Kathmandu had earlier scored 199 in 49.3 overs. Some terrific batting from the tail-enders put Bhairahawa back on track after the match looked dead for them at 136/9 with five overs to go. No 10 Mohan Thapa then made 29 runs off 27 balls with a four and a six, but his efforts went in vain as he could not get four off the last two balls. Having gone into the last over with eight required, Mohan and last man Faizal Khan ran a run each in the first four balls bowled by Paras Khadka. The fifth ball was a straight ball that Mohan could only defend back to Paras. On the last ball, the team needed four to win but Mohan could get only two as Kathmandu won the title for the first time in their fourth final.

Before Mohan’s heroics, it was Rahul Biswokarma who scored 36 in 37 balls with two fours and a six to take his team near the required total after the top-order failed to get good runs. Among the seven top-order batsmen, only Shakti Gauchan (24), Antim Thapa (21) and Bijaya Thapa (19) got to double figures while the other four totaled just 16.

It was Pramod Basnet who pegged Bhairahawa back by getting two openers early and in between that Bijaya got run out in a mix up with opener Manoj Vaishya. Left-arm spinner Raju Basnet too got two in the middle while Sarad took two vital wickets – of Shakti and Rahul to douse Bhairahawa hopes of becoming only the second team after Biratnagar to defend the title.

“Rain played the spoilsport,” Bhairahawa captain Shakti said. The match was played in overcast condition and was stopped after three overs of Bhairahawa innings for rainfall and the target was revised.

Earlier, Kathmandu’s decision to bat first proved a good one as its top-order batted well. Captain Paresh Lohani and Dipendra Chaudhary added 43 as openers with Dipendra scoring 35 off 48 balls. Dipendra paid penalty for not wearing spikes and tripped in the slippery wicket to get run out. Sarad got 44 off 81 balls and Gyanendra Malla topscored with 60 off 92 balls. Sarad and Gyanendra added 91 runs for the third wicket and took Kathmandu to a competitive total.

Paras’s late assault of 18 off 17 with two sixes and Pramod’s 10 took Kathmandu to 199 in 49.3 overs. All Kathmandu wickets went to spinners with Basanta Regmi taking three, and Shakti and Rahul claiming two each.

One Response to “Kathmandu edges valiant Bhairahawa”

  1. Maiden national crown for Kathmandu

    Himalayan News Service
    Kathmandu, April 6:

    Region No 3 (Kathmandu) snatched a thrilling one-run victory over defending champions Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) to win the maiden Springwood One Day National Cricket League title here at the Tribhuvan University Stadium today.
    Electing to bat first after skipper Paresh Lohani won the toss, Kathmandu were bowled out for 199 runs in 49.3 overs. The target was reduced to 169 in 36 overs in parabola method after rain stopped the match in Bhairahawa’s innings. Bhairahawa were 15-1 in 3.5 overs when rain stopped the play.
    Bhairahawa needed 111 runs off 20 overs, the minimum overs to complete a match, in case the rain interrupted the proceedings again. They threw away three quick wickets while trying to maintain the run-rate and came under pressure.
    After the middle and tale order patient batting, Bhairahawa needed eight runs off the last over with one wicket in hand. Mohan Thapa and Faizal Khan — who shared an unbroken stand of 31 runs for the last wicket — failed to get the runs needed and were two runs short of the victory.
    “It was like a final,” said Kathmandu skipper Paresh Lohani. “We should have won the match little bit earlier and easily, but we missed a couple of catches,” he added. “Bhairahawa fought well, I appreciate them,” said Lohani adding “I am very proud of my boys.”
    “This was not our day,” Bhairahawa skipper Shakti Gauchan said. “We were confident of chasing the 200-run target easily, but the weather was not on our side,” he rued. “The top order collapse made us difficult, but we were on our way to victory and the run out of Akash Gupta turned the match around,” he added. “The tail fought bravely, but we could not reach there,” he said.
    Rahul Kumar BK top-scored with 36 off 37 balls hitting two fours and a six, while Mohan Thapa remained unbeaten on 29 off 26 balls including a four and a six. Rahul and skipper Shakti had 36-runs stand for the seventh wicket, while Shakti and Antim Thapa shared a partnership of 28 runs for the fifth wicket.
    Gauchan was trapped leg before wicket by Sharad Vesawkar for 24 off 40, while
    Antim scored 21 off 24 balls hitting a four and a six before being dismissed by Raju Basnet. Vijay Thapa scored 19 off just 12 balls including three boundaries. Pramod Basnet, Raju and Sharad took two wickets each for Kathmandu, while Raj Shrestha claimed one.
    Earlier, Kathmandu struggled in imposing the challenging total after a middle-order collapse. Openers Paresh Lohani and Dipendra Chaudhary put on 43 runs before skipper Lohani was caught by Basanta Regmi off Shakti for 10 off 33 balls. Chaudhary was unluckily run out when he slipped on the pitch following Lohani’s denial for a single. He scored 35 off 48 balls including four fours and a six.
    Man of the match Sharad and Gyanendra then shared a 91-run partnership for the third wicket before Sharad threw away his wicket by giving a simple return catch to Shakti that ignited the collapse. Sharad hit one four and a six in his 92-ball 44, while Gyanendra top-scored with 60 off 92 balls hitting two fours and a six.
    After the 24-run stand for the fourth wicket between Paras Khadka (18) and Gyanendra, Kathmandu lost wickets in regular interval. The last six wickets fell for 33 runs. Basanta Regmi took 3-50 off 9.3 overs, while Shakti and Rahul claimed two wickets each.
    Bhairahawa skipper Shakti Gauchan was declared man-of-the-series and received Rs 15,000, while Kathmandu skipper Paresh Lohani and Mehboob Alam of Region No 1 (Biratnagar) won the best batsman and best bowler’s awards respectively. The duo got Rs 10,000 each. The winning team was awarded with Rs 75,000 and the runners up Rs 40,000 along with the trophies.
    Member Secretary of National Sports Council Jeevan Ram Shrestha, Vice President of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd Suminder Roy, President of Cricket Association of Nepal Binay Raj Pandey and President of Regional Cricket Development Committee of Region No 3 (Kathmandu) and CAN vice president Upendra Prasad Bhattarai among others gave away prizes to the winners.

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