Nary, Madhu star in Nepal’s victory

Johor Bahru, July 12:

Nepal began the maiden women cricket participation with a convincing 55-run victory over Thailand at the inaugural ACC Women’s Tournament at Johor Bahru, Malaysia today.

Nepal put up a strong all-round performance to beat Thailand. Seven of Nepali players are from Nepalganj, the Region that was awarded the ICC’s Global Development Award for their Women’s cricket programme last year. Thailand were actually quite competitive in the field, with all their bowlers troubling a patient Nepali line-up. What did cost the Thai bowlers were their wides, 30 of them in total.

Wanwipa Changsamborn with her off-breaks was the pick of the bowlers with 2-18. She found some turn on a sluggish pitch and had the ability to dip the ball down from quite a height which had many of the Nepali batswomen non-plussed. None but one dared venture down the wicket and the moment she did, she was smartly stumped.

Nepal’s innings was held together by Madhu Thapa (a footballer of some repute in Nepal) who coming in at No 3 made 36 off 75 balls. She was last out with the score on 95. Four wickets in the last two overs for Thailand meant they went in to lunch on a high.

In batting, Thailand didn’t quite have the rub of the green but Nepal’s bowling was far better than their batting. Led by their captain, left-arm seamer Nary Thapa, Nepal’s attack gave Thailand’s enthusiastic batswomen no room to swing their arms. And their fielding was of a high standard too.

Coming on first change, Nary took three wickets in the 11th over to reduce Thailand to 20 for six and the game was pretty much over. Changsamborn hobbled by

cramp, played a gutsy innings to keep her side in the game, but it was never going to be enough. Two wickets by Neera Rajopadhyaya with her first and last deliveries sealed the win for Nepal.

After the match, team manager LB Chhetri said that the team’s target was to score 115 runs.

“Our players could not score in the last 10 overs, so we were restricted to below 100,” he said.

Coach Junga Bahadur Thapa was not so happy with the players’ performance. “We could have scored 100 plus in such weak bowling attack,” he said.

Skipper Nary Thapa was happy with the bowlers for conceding less extras. “We gave away few extras which is a good part for us,” said Nary. who was the member of Nepal’s badminton squad that won team bronze at the 10th South Asian Games last year.

The Nepali captain was not satisfied with the batting and fielding departments and promised to do better in the next match against Malaysia on Saturday.

NEPAL

Ritu c Srinton b Arisha 2

Manisha c Thanapan b Naromon 4

Madhu b Supapan 36

Saraswoti st Yupapa b Wanwipa 7

Neera c Yupa b Wanwipa 2

Binu b Supapan 10

Nary c Thanapan Nantanit 1

Nitu run out 0

Trishna not out 0

Keshari not out 0

Extras: 33 (nb2, w 30, b1)

Total: 95/8 (30 overs)

FoW: 1-8, 2-16, 3-59, 4-66, 5-91, 7-95, 8-95

Thailand bowling: Srenton 3-0-8-0; Arisha 6-0-21-1; Naruhon 2-0-10-1; Nantanit 6-1-12-1;

Nattaya 6-1-20-0; Wanwipa 6-0-18-2;

Supapan 1-0-5-2.

THAILAND

Arisha c Manisha b Nary 5

Srinton b Sita 1

Sornnarin b Ritu 5

Nattaya lbw b Nary 0

Wanwipa run out 4

Narumon c Neera b Nary 0

Yupa lbw b Nary 0

Thanapan c Manisha b Keshari 1

Nantanit c Manisha b Neera 6

Ratchanee not out 0

Supapan c Binu b Neera 2

Extras: 16 (w13, b2, lb1)

Total: 40 (21.1 overs)

FoW: 1-3, 2-16, 3-18, 4-20, 5-20, 6-20, 7-21,

8-37, 9-38

Nepal bowling: Ritu 4-1-9-1; Sita 6-3-7-1;

Nary 6-2-5-4; Keshari 3-0-11-1; Neetu 1-0-3-0;

Neera 1.1-0-2-2