Sudur Paschim reaches the Manmohan Memorial Cricket semi-finalBinod Lama picked up seven wickets as Gandaki lost by nine wickets.
Binod Lama picked up seven wickets as Sudur Paschim Province sailed into the semi-final of the Manmohan Memorial national one-day cricket tournament following their comprehensive nine-wicket win against Gandaki Province in Inaruwa on Sunday.
Gandaki won the toss and elected to bat, but they were bowled out for a paltry 64 runs in 23.3 overs. Kishore Mahato (17) was the only Gandaki batsman to score in double figures. Lama, who was too hot to handle for Gandaki, grabbed seven wickets, giving away only 14 runs while bowling two maiden overs in his 9.3 overs. Sher Malla picked up two wickets and Bikram Thagunna one, as the Gandaki innings unravelled rather tamely.
In reply, Gajendra Bohara was the only Sudur Paschim wicket to fall. Before being caught by Bipin Khatri off Deepesh Khatri, Bohara scored 34 runs from 31 deliveries, hitting as many as seven fours. Khadak Bohara (16) and Arun Airee (10) remained unbeaten as they took Sudur Paschim to 67-1 in just 10.2 overs and the team won the match with 220 balls remaining.
Following the completion of Sunday’s match, the semifinal line-up in the tournament has got sorted. Nepal Army Club progressed to the semi-finals as winners of Group 'A' without a defeat, while another departmental side, Nepal Police Club fared similarly in Group 'B'. Province 3 emerged as the winners of Group 'C' to secure their semifinal berth with a win and a no-result from their two matches, while Sudur Paschim scored an eight-wicket win against Malaysia Selection XI on Saturday before their Sunday's win in Group 'D'.
Gandaki and the Malaysian side will next go head to head in a dead rubber on Monday.