Bikesh propels Brihaspati School into quarter-finals

Himalayan News Service

Lalitpur, May 16:

Brihaspati Vidhya Sadan defeated Kamal English School by 159 runs and entered the quarter-finals of the first SNB Memorial Inter-school Cricket Tournament here today. Brihaspati will face Little Angels’ School for a spot in the last four on May 25. Opting to bat first at St Xavier’s ground, Brihaspati scored a massive 237 runs losing five wickets in their allotted 30 overs. Bikesh Dhunju of Brihaspati scored 95 off 82 balls with 16 hits to the ropes, while Saurav Pant contributed 45 off 59 balls which included six boundaries. Hemant Katuwal scored a quick-fire of 28 off 23 balls and Lakpa Sherpa scored 13 runs. For Kamal School, Devendra Shahi took three wickets in six overs while Sanjay Chaudhari grabbed one wicket.

In reply, Kamal School failed to overcome the target and scored just 78 runs losing nine wickets. Kamal English School had a disastrous start and only three batsmen reached double figure mark. Vijay Shrestha top-scored with 17 off 31 balls, including three boundaries whereas Sailesh Ale scored 12 off 29 balls and Sumit Chaudhary contributed 11 runs.

For Brihaspati, Saurav Pant was the most economical bowler, who claimed three wickets conceding 13 runs in six overs. Bishesh Aryal took two wickets and Lakpa Sherpa and Manoram Basnet grabbed one wicket apiece.

Bikesh Dhunju of Brihaspati Bidhya Sadan was awarded man of the match. Indira Yakthumba, founder principal of Gyanodaya Bal Batika School, handed over the award. On Monday, AVM will take on DAV in the first quarter-final. Dhaka-XI win Kathmandu: Dhaka Club XI defeated Kathmandu XI by eight wickets in a friendly match here at Tribhuvan University Stadium today. After winning the toss, Kathmandu XI were bowled out for 120 runs in 32.4 overs. No 5 batsman Kiran Rana, who is also the CAN member, top-scored with 27 off 42 balls including two hits to the fence. Under-19 fast allrounder Pramod Basnet scored 20 off 25 balls, Karan Ghimire contributed 17 runs, Prafulla Vaidya made 14 off 48 balls while others failed to reach double figure mark.

For the visiting team, Mainul Hak took four wickets conceding 20 runs in seven overs, while Ali Shah and Gulam Fharuk took two wickets each. Mashiur Alam claimed one wicket.

In reply, Dhaka Club XI overcame the target losing two wickets in 26.1 overs. Man of the match Mashiur Alam scored 63 off 81 balls, which included seven boundaries. Ali Shah made 25 runs with three hits to the fence, while J S Basha and Gulam Faraque scored 10 runs each.

For the home team, Pramod Basnet and Raj Shrestha took one wicket each.