CCRC thrash HIST

KATHMANDU: Capital College and Research Centre (CCRC) overwhelmed Himalayan Institute of Science and Technology (HIST) by 163 runs and Golden Gate Education Network (GGEN) beat hosts Kantipur City College (KCC) 'Blue' by 31 runs in the Kist Bank Sixth KCC Running Trophy Nationwide Inter-college Cricket Tournament here today.

Put into bat first at the TU Stadium, CCRC amassed 215-2 in their allotted 20 overs and packed up HIST for 52 in 13.5 overs. Openers Subash Pradhan and Pawan Das - who scored a half century each - and Raj Shrestha, who completed the five wicket haul, were the chief architects in CCRC's victory.

CCRC got off to a flying start with openers Pradhan and Das scoring 119 runs in 10.5 overs before Pradhan was caught by Sakar Shrestha off Ravindra Yadav. Pradhan hit eight fours and a six in his 35-ball 59. Das then added 37 runs for the second wicket with Anil Mandal, who scored a quick fire 24 off 16 balls including four boundaries.

Das further added 59 runs with Antim Thapa in an unbroken third wicket partnership. Das struck six fours and two sixes in his 55-ball 79, while Antim remained unbeaten on 27 off 16 balls that included three boundaries. Ravindra Yadav took both the wickets to fall giving away 20 runs in four overs.

In reply, HIST were never in contention after losing early wickets. Rahul Bansal (15 off 18 balls) was the lone batsman to score in double figures. Man of the match Raj Shrestha took 5-10 off 2.5 overs, while Amrit Bhattarai claimed 2-18. Abhaya Rana and Sanjam Regmi pocketed one wicket each.

In the other match, GGEN scored 120-6 in 20 overs and restricted hosts KCC 'Blue' for 89 runs in 18 overs. Although openers Subash Khakurel and Sanjay Shrestha laid a solid platform for GGEN with a stand of 60 runs, they could only manage 120. Kharurel scored 25 off 28 balls and Shrestha made 28-ball 27. Paras Khadka also chipped in with 23 off 26 balls. Hasim Ansari and Surja Timilsina claimed two wickets each while Yasin Hawari and Sameer Thapa took one wicket each for KCC.

In reply, KKC failed to cope up with the disciplined GGEN bowling attack and were eventually dismissed for 89 runs. Raju Tandon top scored with run-a-ball 19, Sagar Adhikari made 18 and Suraj Timilsina scored 15 for KCC. Man of the match Rom Shrestha and Bibek Dali grabbed three wickets each while Prithu Baskota took one for GGEN.

After the day's results, CCRC and Classic College International (CCI) entered the quarter-finals as the Group 'A' winners and runners up respectively. GGEN and KCC 'Blue' made it to the last eight from Group 'C'.