Chhetri-led Province 1 stun APF to clinch PM Cup Twenty20Province 1 elected to bat first and posted 105-4 before restricting the departmental opponents at 99-7 to claim their first ever national twenty20 title.
National team skipper Rubina Chhetri-led Province 1 stunned defending champions Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club by six runs to clinch the title of the Prime Minister Cup Women's National twenty20 cricket tournament in Lamahi, Dang, on Sunday.
Winning the toss, Province 1 elected to bat first and posted 105-4 before restricting the departmental opponents at 99-7 to claim their first ever national twenty20 title.
Province 1 openers Apsari Begam and Chhetri, also the skipper, gave a solid start to their innings as they played a 58-run stand for their first wicket before the latter was sent to pavilion. Chhetri contributed 18 runs from 32 deliveries before she was stumped by wicketkeeper Jyoti Pandey off captain Sita Rana Magar in 12.4 over.
Begam, who scored 34 off 45 including five fences, was dismissed two balls later when she was caught by Sonu Khadka off Rana Magar. Kajal Shrestha who came to bat at number 3 also played a crucial knock to lift the innings. She hit an unbeaten 29 off 26 that included three boundaries.
APF skipper Rana Magar was the most successful bowler with three wickets under her belt. She gave away 17 runs in her four over spell.
APF made a shaky start to their run chase as Rajmati Airee and Indu Barma were bowled by Province 1 skipper Chhetri in the second and fourth overs. The departmental team were left tottering 5-32 in 6.5 over despite opener Jyoti Pandey scoring 14 runs.
But Mamta Chaudhary and Karuna Bhandari came to the rescue of APF as they played a 64-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Chaudhary contributed 34 runs off 47 and Bhandari scored an unbeaten 26 off 36 before the former was run out in the second delivery of the last over giving a hammer blow to their comeback bid.
APF required 13 runs from the last over and they seemed to be on right track after Chaudhary collected two runs in the first ball hurled by Sangita Rai. But in the following delivery she was run out by Alisha Khadiya while she attempted for two runs. In the next four deliveries, APF managed only three runs at the expense of skipper Sita Rana Magar wicket.
Province 1 skipper Chhetri and bowler Khadiya grabbed two wickets each while Sangita Rai also claimed one wicket.
The winners Province 1 bagged a purse of Rs500,000 and the runners up APF walked away with Rs300,000. The two semi-finalists Lumbini and Sudurpaschim got Rs25,000 each
Captain Chhetri was named the player of the finals while her teammate Sangita Rai was named the player of the series. APF's Pandey and Bhandari were named best batter and bowler respectively. While Rai was rewarded with Rs21,000, Bhandari and Pandey collected Rs 10,000 each.