Nepal Cricket School record second straight win

  • U-16 Academy Cup
- Post Report, Pokhara

Jun 15, 2017-Nepal Cricket School (NCS) United of Kathmandu won their second consecutive match of the U-16 Academy Cup cricket tournament at the Machhapuchhre cricket grounds on Wednesday.

NCS defeated Pokhara Cricket Academy with skipper Rit Gautam again starring with the bat. Gautam lifted NCS to 140-8 in 20 overs before Pokhara were restricted to 115-8 with Mekh Bahadur Sen’s allround show going in vain. In another match, Kasthamandap Cricket Acade-my edged Syangja Cricket Academy ‘A’ by nine runs. 

NCS innings was built around Gautam’s half century, combining with some modest partnerships to guide his side towards a challenging total. He scored 56 off 45 with seven fours and a six for his second straight half century. Sachin Sharma (18) and Rijan Thapa (11) were other batsmen to reach double figures. Sen and Navin Karki picked up two wickets each for Pokhara. 

Sen was the lone fighter in Pokhara innings as he struck a 44-ball 50 with seven fours and two sixes. Other Pokhara batsmen failed to make runs in double figures with 36 extras from NCS taking them beyond triple figures. Bigyan Gautam took two wickets for NCS. 

In the second match, Kasthamandap made 112-8 but their bowlers did extremely well to skittle out Syangja ‘A’ for 103 runs in 18.3 overs. Saman Shrestha (3-5), Irfan Khan (3-21) and Adhil KC (3-22) shared nine wickets for Kasthamandap. Sangam Gautam top scored for Syangja ‘A’ with 33 off 36 balls and Janam Godar made 20 off 22. 

Kasthamandap were reduced to 15-4 but opener Surendra Basnet and Ram Surat Yadav staged a comeback with a 58-run stand for the fifth wicket. Basnet was unbeaten on 43 from 59 balls with fours boundaries and a six, while Yadav chipped in 25 from 29 with two sixes and as many fours. The loss was a heartbreak for Gautam, who had returned the figures of 4-14 from four overs.

Published: 15-06-2017 10:15

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