Golden Gate, Classic win
KATHMANDU: Golden Gate International College and Classic College International registered comprehensive wins on the inaugural day of the Kist Bank sixth KCC Running Trophy cricket tournament here at the Tribhuvan University Stadium on Wednesday.
Golden Gate hammered College of Informational Technology and Engineering (CITE) by 136 runs while Classic crushed Himalayan Institute of Science and Technology (HIST) by 129 runs.
Batting first, Golden Gate scored a massive 205-7 in their allotted 20 overs before dismissing CITE for 69 runs in 14 overs. Golden Gate lost opener Subash Khakurel (10) early in the second over before Sanjay Shrestha and Sunny Pun consolidated their innings with second wicket stand of 78 runs. Sanjay scored a fiery 67 off 39 balls that included 12 boundaries while Sunny made 44-ball 41. Sunam Gautam also chipped in 29 runs. Ajay Rajbanshi, who was later named man of the match, was the pick of the CITE bowlers with 4-26. Vaskar Rana also took two wickets and Bishal Jaiswal one.
In reply, CITE were in a precarious position at 6-5 by the fifth over before Ajay Rajbanshi gave some respectibility to their total with a fluent 48. Ajay's struck three sixes and five fours in his 32-ball knock. Eight CITE batsmen were out without scoring a run. Rom Shrestha took 2-7 for Golden Gate. Paras Khadka, Chandan Shrestha, Bibek Dali, Sunam Gautam and Prithu Banskota also grabbed one wicket apiece.
In the other match, Classic scored 190-4 in 20 overs after put in to bat first. HIST could only muster 61 runs in 17 overs in reply. Openers Pramod Basnet and Kuldeep Khadka laid the foundation for victory with a stand of 109 runs. Man of the match Kuldeep made 78 off 66 balls with 10 boundaries while Pramod struck two sixes and three fours in his 28-ball 42. Basanta Regmi also struck an explosive 33 off just 16 balls. Rabindra Yadav claimed two while Anil Benjankar and Mohamad Rafi bagged one wicket each for HIST.
HIST were never in contention chasing 191 after losing five wickets for just 29 runs. Rabindra Yadav contributed 13 and Aashis Benjankar chipped in 12 runs. Naresh Budhayer was the pick of the Golden Gate bowlers with 4-7 while Dhirendra Chand claimed 3-6. Keshab Pant and Bhuwan Karki also took one wicket each.