Group winners Police maintain perfect recordThe departmental team thump Province 1 by six wickets.
Table toppers Nepal Police Club thumped Province 1 by six wickets in a dead rubber of the Prime Minister Cup National Twenty20 cricket tournament at the TU grounds in Kirtipur on Monday.
Coming into the match, Police were already assured of pole position in Group 'A' while Province 1 were out of the race in the knockout stage. But the outcome of the last group stage meant Police stormed into the semi-final with a cent percent record, winning all four group matches while Province 1 bowed out winless finishing at rock bottom in Group 'A'.
Electing to bat first, Province 1 posted a meagre total of 101-8. The departmental team raced to 105-4 in 13.1 overs.
Province 1 opener Minash Thapa scored ball-a-run 59 that included four boundaries and a six. He was bowled out by Police captain Manjeet Shrestha. But none of the batters other than Sarwan Yadav, who contributed 16-ball 10, managed to touch double digits.
Police bowlers Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee and captain Shrestha grabbed two wickets apiece.
Chasing the target, Police opener Kushal Bhurtel played a quickfire 28-ball 44. The player of the match hit three boundaries and sixes each. Anil Sah remained unbeaten on 26 runs off 24. Airee contributed 20 runs while Sheikh was not out on 10 runs.
Province 1 bowlers Firdosh Ansari, Dipesh Kandel, Mukund Yadav and Manoj Tamang claimed one wicket each.
The semi-finals will be played in Kirtipur on Tuesday.
Group 'A' winners Police will take on Group 'B' runners up Bagmati Province in the early kickoff while Group 'B' winners Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club will vie against Tribhuvan Army Club.