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Nepalgunj, Baitadi win

Kathmandu: Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) and Region No 6 (Baitadi) won the opening day matches of the first Women’s Quadrangular Cricket League here at the Laboratory School ground. Nepalgunj beat Region No 3 (Kathmandu) by 59 runs and Baitadi defeated Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) by two wickets.

Electing to bat first, Nepalgunj scored 78-7 in 20 overs and bowled Kathmandu out for a paltry 19 runs in 11 overs. Player of the match Nairy Thapa scored 26-ball 24 and Trishna Singh made 16 runs off 22 balls including two fours for Nepalgunj.

Neera Rajopadhyaya took 3-4 in four overs while Samikshya Aryal bagged two wickets for Kathmandu. Radhika Thapa claimed one. Chasing 79-run target, Kathmandu were bundled out for 19 runs with seven of their players dismissed for ducks. Out of the total 19 runs, 14 came through sundries. Sita Rana returned with 4-9 in four overs and Binu Buda Magar took 3-2 off four overs for Nepalgunj.

In the first match, Bhairahawa were all out for 55 runs in 18.5 overs after electing to bat first. Major shares of their runs came through extra runs (34) as none of the Bhairahawa players scored in double figures.

Jyoti Kunwar top-scored with six runs. Ritu Kanaujiya, who won the women of the match award, claimed 3-7 in four overs while Manisha Khadka took 2-9 in four overs.

In reply, Baitadi chased the target in 18 overs losing eight wickets. Opener Maya Rawat scored an unbeaten 16 off 57 balls. Baitadi also got 23 extras. Janaki Bhatta (9) of Baitadi was the only one to hit a boundary in the game. Kathmandu will play Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj meet Baitadi on Wednesday. — HNS

Coca Cola Cup

LALITPUR: Shivapuri School and Bishwo Gorkha Academy won their matches in the Coca Cola Cup Inter-school Football. Krishna Thapa scored as Shivapuri beat Shidhhartha Vanasthali Institute 1-0 while Bishwo Gorkha thrashed Bhaktapur School 6-2. Anjesh Khadgi scored four goals and Sujan Tamang and Sudhan Bardewa converted one each for Bishwo Gorkha. Madan Prajapati and Saroj Rana replied for Bhaktapur School.— HNS

Akhil Cup

KATHMANDU: Hilbert College won the Akhil Cup Valley-wide Inter-college Football Tournament beating Nepal Commerce College 3-1 in tie-breaker at the Dasharath Stadium. The match went to penalty shootout after a 2-2 deadlock in 120 minutes of play. Suman Lama and Santosh Shrestha scored for Hilbert while Rajendra Deula and UD Gurung converted for Nepal Commerce in normal time. Xavier International College beat Jagat Mandir 2-1 in third-place decider. The top three winners received Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively. — HNS

MoU signed

KATHMANDU: Nepal Shotokan Karate Association (JSKA) signed a Rs 700,000 sponsorship deal with Life Vision International Pvt Ltd for the first JSKA Karate Open International Championship. The 20-nation tournament is slated for September 4-8 in Kathmandu. The estimated budget of the event is Rs 4.3 million, said the organisers in a release. Executive Director of Life Vision International Tuk Bahadur Rana and JSKA president Dendup Dorje signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). — HNS

Fun Cricket

LALITPUR: Nabil Bank defeated Casino Everest by seven wickets in the Serious Fun Cricket Tournament organised by Shangri-La Cricket Academy. Batting first, Casino Everest were all out for 34 runs in 7.3 overs. Nabil Bank chased the total without losing a wicket in 3.3 overs. Abhisekh scored 17 for the winners. — HNS

Blind cricket

KATHMANDU: Member Secretary of the National Sports Council Jeevan Ram Shrestha met with Jeffry Smith, general secretary of the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC), and Aagas Saukat Ali Khan, president of the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Nepal Blind Cricket Association president Pawan Ghimire informed that Nepali team was preparing to participate in the triangular series — also featuring India and hosts Pakistan — in 2008. — HNS