HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BHAKTAPUR: Hosts Thames College and Kantipur College of Management and Information Technology (KCMIT) entered the quarter-finals of the Thames Inter-college Twenty Cricket Tournament here at the Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyalaya grounds today.
An allround performance from Eraj Shrestha guided Thames to a comprehensive 54-run win over Institute of Management Studies (IMS). Thames scored 146-7 after Eraj smashed an unbeaten 58 off 43. He hit five fours and a six. Bibhav Raj Joshi added 19-ball 15 with a boundary. Sushil Devkota (3-27) was the pick of the IMS bowlers, while Pukar Gautam picked two and Puspa Joshi grabbed one wicket.
In reply, Pujan Shrestha (3-7) and Ashish Man Sing (3-11) shared six wickets to restrict IMS for 92 in 19.1 overs. Kishor Sapkota (28) was the only notable contributors for IMS. Prakash Ojha took two while man-of-the-match Eraj took one wicket for Thames.
KCMIT, meanwhile, eked out a thrilling one-run win over Kathmandu Institute of Science & Technology (KIST). KCMIT were 165 all out in the 19th over. KIST came agonisingly close to win the game but were restricted to 164-6. Bikram Tiwari top scored for KCMIT with a 44-ball 57 that included six fours and two sixes. Laxman Chapagain (4-29) was the pick of the KIST bowlers, while Sushit Gurung and Satkar Thapa snared two wickets each.
In reply, Puraskar Shah made a fiery 29-ball 49 not out with four fours and two sixes. Pravesh Shrestha also struck 37 but their efforts were still not enough.