Classic, CCRC set up title clash

Kathmandu, July 11:

Classic College and hosts Capital College and Research Centre (CCRC) set the date for the final after winning their respective matches here at the third CCRC Twenty20 Inter-college Cricket Tournament today.

Classic defeated Don Bosco College by 18 runs and CCRC ‘A’ beat CCRC ‘B’ by 22 runs in the semi-finals here at the Tribhuvan University Stadium.

In the first semi-final, CCRC ‘A’ were all out for 108 with two balls to spare before restricting the CCRC ‘B’ to 86-5.

Pawan Das top-scored with 43-ball 22 while Antim Thapa contributed run-a-ball 16 and Sanjam Regmi made unbeaten 11 runs for CCRC ‘A’.

Their total was boosted by 21 extras. Manish Singh was the pick of the CCRC ‘B’ bowlers with 3-16 while Sumit Shrestha claimed 2-14. Rajit Singh, Devendra Yadav and Prajwal Dhungana also took one wicket apiece.

In reply, CCRC ‘B’ could only muster 86-5 with man of the match Sumit Shrestha scoring unbeaten 28 off 33 balls. Openers Subash Pradhan made 23 and Jaspal BK chipped in 16. Gyanendra Malla finished with 2-22 and Raj Shrestha 1-9 for the CCRC ‘A’.

In another dramatic semi-final, Classic scored 122-9 thanks to tailenders Dinesh Dagri and Chandra Saud. Don Bosco could only manage 104-9 in their allotted 20 overs. Classic were in deep trouble with 34-8 in the 13th over before Dagri and Saud resurrected their team with 74-run stand for the ninth wicket.

Dagri struck six sixes in his 24-ball 46 while Saud hit four sixes and a boundary in his 22-ball 38. Shakti Bhandari also made 14 and Naresh Budayer 12. Dagri and Saud shared the man of the match award for their outstanding effort. Sunam Gautam took two while Manjeet Shrestha, Prithu Baskota and Raj Kumar Pradhan bagged one wicket each for Don Bosco.

In reply, Prem Chaudhary fought a lonely battle with 37 from 36 balls for Don Bosco. The only other Bon Bosco batsman to reach the double figure was Subash Khakurel (13). Chandra Saud took 3-13 while Pradeep Ayeri and Kuldeep Khadka claimed two wickets each for Classic College. The final is slated for Saturday.