APF storm into final after 10-wicket victoryWith third victory from as many matches, APF are assured of a place in the final with a match in hand.
Armed Police Force (APF) Club clinched a thumping 10-wicket victory over Lalitpur Mayor's XI to register third victory and book a place for the final of the Lalitpur Mayor Women's Championship T20 cricket at the TU grounds in Kirtipur on Tuesday.
With third victory from as many matches, APF are assured of a place in the final with a match in hand. They are on top of the standings with six points. APF had defeated Province 1 and Sudurpaschim Province in their previous matches. Mayor's XI have earned two points after the third match.
Electing to bat first, Mayor's XI were restricted to a paltry total of 66-9 after Binu Budha grabbed four wickets. Chasing the target, APF openers Rajmati Airee and Indu Barma remained unbeaten to surpass the target in 9.1 overs.
Airee contributed 33 runs off 31 balls while Barma scored 28 runs off 24 balls. Airee hit four boundaries and Barma three fences.
Mayor XI batters Kanchan Shrestha, Saraswati Chaudhary and Santoshi Chaudhary were the only players in the innings to touch double digit figures. Shresth scored 17 runs, Saraswati 12 runs and Santoshi was not out on 13 runs.
APF bowler Budha, also the player-of-the-match, gave away 11 runs in her four-over spell to claim four wickets.
In another fixture, Sudurpaschim Province edged Province 1 by 40 runs to register their second victory and inflict the latter second defeat after three matches.
Sudurpaschim had defeated Mayor's XI before losing to APF in their previous matches. Province 1 had lost to APF in their first match and defeated Lumbini in the second fixture.
Choosing to bat first, Sudurpaschim scored 129-4 on the back of a half-century from Bindu Rawal. In bowling, Laxmi Saud pocketed four wickets as they bowled out the national team captain Rubina Chhetri-led Province 1 for 89 runs in 18.5 overs.
After losing opener Manju Bokati for a golden duck, Rewati Dhami and Rawal played a 74-run partnership for the second inning creating the base for a moderate target. Dhami scored 30 runs off 32 balls that included three fours.
The player-of-the-match Rawal cracked 52 runs off 58 balls before she was run out. She hit four boundaries. Kabita Joshi was the other major contributor for Sudurpaschim with 21 runs under her kitty.
Province 1 bowler Sabnam Rai grabbed two wickets.
In the run chase, Province 1 kept losing wickets in a regular interval as they lost openers Kajal Shrestha for four runs and captain Chhetri for 27 runs. Chhetri, the highest scorer of the innings, hit five boundaries in her 20-ball knock.
Apsari Begam contributed 22 runs while Sangita Rai and Ngima Tamang were other players to touch double digit figures with 13 runs and 10 runs respectively.
Saud gave away 19 runs in her 3.5 overs bowling to return with four wickets. Kabita Kunwar and Kabita Joshi grabbed two wickets each.