KCC ‘Red’ thrash LBEF; CCRC win

KATHMANDU: Hosts Kantipur City College (KCC) thrashed Lord Buddha Education Foundation (LBEF) by 10 wickets in the Kist Bank sixth KCC Running Trophy Nationwide Inter-college Cricket Tournament here on Friday.

Batting first at the TU Stadium, LBEF were bowled out for a paltry 54 runs in 15.5 overs, thanks to national team all-rounder Mehboob Alam, who took 4-16. Alam then combined with Dipendra Chaudhary to guide the team home without loss in five overs. Opener Deepak Kumar Jha was the lone batsman who scored in double figures for LBEF. Jha hit two fours in his 23-ball 14. LBEF total was boosted by 15 sundries as three batsmen were out for ducks.

Alam was the chief destroyer with 4-16 off four overs and was well supported by Amit Alok (2-3 off 3.5 overs) and national team skipper Binod Das (2-11). Sumit Sharma also got a wicket. In reply, Chaudhary scored an unbeaten 39 off just 18 balls hitting nine fours, while man of the match Alam struck two fours in his 12-ball 13 as the hosts recorded an emphatic victory with 15 overs remaining.

In the other match, Capital College and Research Centre (CCRC) defeated Classic College International (CCI) by six wickets. CCI scored 111-9 in 20 overs after electing to bat first, while CCRC reached 114-4 in 19.5 overs.

Basanta Regmi top scored for CCI with 27 off 39 balls, while Dhirendra Chand struck two fours and a six in his eight-ball 16. Kuldeep Khadka and Naresh Budhayer contributed 15 runs each, whereas Pradeep Airee scored 13 off 10 balls that included a boundary and a six.

For CCRC, Rahul BK took 4-33, while Avay Rana claimed 2-9 off four overs. Amrit Bhattarai, Sagar Khadka and Sanjam Regmi pocketed one wicket each. In reply, CCRC had a modest start with opener Subash Pradhan and Pawan Das adding 38 runs in 50 balls. CCRC came into trouble after they were reduced to 53-3 in 9.2 overs but U-19 skipper Gyanendra Malla and Pradhan pulled the team out of trouble with a fourth-wicket stand of 43 runs before Pradhan was dismissed for 27 off 39 balls that included one four and a six.

Malla and Akash Gupta finished off the match with one ball remaining. Malla remained unbeaten on 42 off just 32 balls including three fours and a six, while Gupta struck a boundary in his unbeaten four-ball six.

Das and Anil Mandal contributed eight runs each, while man of the match Rahul BK scored 11 off 21 balls hitting one boundary.