Nepal APF Club defeated Sudurpashchim Province by 37 runs to register their second straight victory in the Lalitpur Mayor Women's Championship here at the TU Stadium today.

APF, who had defeated Province-1 by seven wickets in the opening match yesterday, posted 127-2 riding on half century from Jyoti Pandey before packing Sudurpashchim Province for 90 runs with six balls remaining.

Batting first after winning the toss, APF openers Jyoti Pandey and Sita Rana Magar put up 56 runs on the board in the 8.4 overs before Sudurpashchim Province got the breakthrough. Sunita Luhar bowled APF skipper Rana Magar for 16 off 23 balls that included three fours.

Pandey and Sarita Magar then added 52 runs for the second wicket to take the team score past three figures.

Player of the match Pandey top scored with a quick fire 59 off 50 balls hitting seven fours before being caught by Rewati Dhami off Kabita Joshi. Magar and Indu Berman (four) shared 19-run partnership for the unbroken third wicket. Magar struck three boundaries in her 42- ball 35 not out.

In reply, Sudurpashchim Province were never in contention and they were reduced to 10-3 inside four overs. It soon became 48-5 before they lost the last five wickets for 17 runs. Sunita Luhar was the top scorer for Sudurpashchim Province with 23 off 22 balls that included three fours, while Dolly Bhatta struck two fours in her 18-ball 16.

Rewati Dhami (12) was the another batter who contributed in double figures.

Binu Budha was the pick of the APF bowlers taking 3-8 from two overs, while Suman Bist (2-9) and Sita Rana Magar (2-23) shared four wickets between them. Rekha Rawal and Sushma Shrestha took one wicket each.

In another match, Lalitpur Mayor-XI defeated Lumbini Province by 27 runs to record their first victory.

Batting first, Mayor-XI posted 144-5 in their allotted 20 overs riding on an unbeaten half century from Suman Khatiwada before Lumbini managed 117-5.

Mayor-XI were reduced to 36-5 inside eight overs before Khatiwada

and Asmina Karmacharya rescued the team with 98-run partnership for the unbroken sixth wicket. Player of the match Khatiwada struck nine boundaries and two sixes in her unbeaten 77 off just 52 balls, while Karmacharya scored 28-ball 20 not out. Sushmita Bhusal, Sawstika Bajgai, Kritika Marasini and Saraswati Pun took one wicket each for Lumbini.

In reply, Saraswati GM top scored for Lumbini with an unbeaten 46 off 52 balls that included two fours, while Nitu Bhandari and skipper Nary Thapa contributed 20 runs each. Saraswati Kumari, Aarati Bidari and Shila Chhetri took one wicket each for Mayor-XI, who also affected two run outs in the match.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 5, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.