Opener Pandey leads APF to second victoryLalitpur mayor XI’s Suman Khatiwada celebrates her half-century against Lumbini Province. Post Photo: Hemanta Shrestha
Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club romped to their second straight victory while Lalitpur Mayor's XI recorded their first win in the Lalitpur Mayor Women's Champions twenty20 cricket at the TU grounds in Kirtipur on Sunday.
APF rode on a half-century from opener Jyoti Pandey to beat Sudurpaschim Province by 37 runs, inflicting the latter their first defeat of the tournament. Batting first, APF posted 127-2 before bowling out Sudurpaschim for 90 runs in 19 overs.
Opener Pandey scored 59 runs facing 50 deliveries. She hit seven fences and played a 56-run opening wicket stand with skipper Sita Rana Magar who contributed 16 runs. The player-of-the-match Pandey was caught by Rewati Dhami in 17.1 overs. APF batter Sarita Magar remained unbeaten for 35 runs off 42 deliveries.
Sudurpaschim bowlers Sunita Luhar and Kabita Joshi pocketed one wicket each.
Sudurpaschim made a poor start to their innings losing three wickets for just 10 runs. Middle order batters Rewati Dhami contributed 12 runs. Dolly Bhatta and Sunita Luhar, who scored 16 runs and 23 runs respectively, were the other batters to score in double digit figures.
APF bowler Binu Budha grabbed three wickets while skipper Rana Magar and Suman Bist pocketed two wickets each. Budha gave away eight runs in her two-over spell.
In another match, middle order batter Suman Khatiwada cracked an unbeaten 77 runs for Lalitpur Mayor's XI as they edged Lumbini Province by 27 runs.
Electing to bat first, Lalitpur posted a challenging total of 144-5 and bundled out Lumbini Province at 117-5. Coming to bat at number six, Khatiwada lifted the innings for Lalitpur who were tottering at 5-36. She played an unbeaten partnership of 108 runs for the sixth wicket with Asmina Karmacharya.
The player-of-the-match Khatiwada smashed nine fences and two sixes. Karmacharya was not out on 20 runs. She faced 28 balls.
Lumbini bowlers Sushmita Bhusal, Sawatika Bajgai, Kritika Marasini and Saraswati Pun claimed one wicket each.
In the Lumbini run chase, Nitu Bhandari scored 20 runs while Saraswati Ganga Magar remained unbeaten for 46 runs. Magar hit two fours in her 52-ball knock. Skipper Nary Thapa was the other major contributor with 20 runs under her belt.
Mayor's XI bowlers Saraswati Chaudhary, Aarati Bidari and Shila Chhetri pocketed one wicket each.