Spice Nepal, Citizen Bank qualify

KATHMANDU: Citizen International Bank and Spice Nepal qualified for the second round of the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Super Sixes Cricket Tournament with second consecutive wins today.

Citizen advanced as Group ‘A’ winners after seeing off Sanima Bank by 24 runs. Citizen made 71-0 before restricting Sanima Bank for 47-1 in their allotted five overs. Saroj Pokhrel struck an unbeaten 30 and Amit Khanal scored 26 for Citizen. In reply, Padam Mahata top-scored for Sanima with 16. Citizen defeated Nepal Investment Bank Limited by 16 runs on Tuesday.

Spice Nepal also cruised to the second round as Group ‘B’ winners after defeating Nepal SBI Bank by five wickets. SBI made 30-5 and Spice Nepal overcame the total losing one wicket in 4.1 overs. Monish Shrestha contributed 17 for SBI. Ashok Khadka and Ashish Subedi took one wicket each for Spice Nepal. In reply, Spice Nepal surpassed the target with five balls to spare. Santosh Shrestha scored 16 for Spice Nepal. Spice Nepal won their first match against Sunrise Bank by five wickets.

In other matches, Kantipur Group beat Surya Nepal by six wickets and Nabil Bank also defeated Global Bank by six wickets. Surya Nepal were dismissed for 32 in 4.5 overs and Kantipur overcame the total in 4.2 overs in Group ‘G’ match.

In Group ‘H’ match, Global Bank made 26-4 and Nabil surpassed the total without losing a wicket in just 1.3 overs.

Meanwhile, the tournament has been postponed indefinitely due to heavy downpour later in the day. Seven matches, including two in progress, were adjourned. “APCA Nepal were staring for qualification after restricting Bank of Asia to a modest 41-4 before rain washed out the day’s matches. Ritesh Rijal was pick of the APCA bowlers with 2-4 while Jit Bahadur Pun and Naresh Pokharel also helped their team restrict Bank of Asia. Had APCA won the match, Bank of Asia would have crashed out of the tournament following their first defeat against Himalayan Bank on Tuesday. Another match between Indian Embassy and NMB Bank was also called off with NMB making 16-2 after three overs. “Both the matches will be now replayed,” said the organisers, Soaltee Crowne Plaza in a release.