Surya, Himalayan Bank, EoI advance

Kathmandu, November 16:

Surya Nepal, Himalayan Bank and Embassy of India (EoI) entered the quarter-finals of the ninth Soaltee Crowne Plaza (SCP) Super Sixes cricket tournament from Group D here at TU Stadium today.

Surya Nepal — who won two matches on Wednesday — registered a huge victory in Group A when they thrashed British Gurkhas by 65 runs. Batting first, Surya Nepal scored 111 runs for no loss, thanks to 40 sundries. Srikantha Dhungana retired after scoring 31 off 12 balls, while Keshav Pradhan scored unbeaten 27 off 11 balls and Devi Dutta Upadhyaya remained unbeaten on 13. In reply, British Gurkhas could muster 46/2 in five overs.

Indian Embassy, who defeated Chaudhary Group on the opening day, registered a six-run win over Nabil Bank and three-wicket victory Nepal Investment Bank to progress to the last eight. Against Nabil Bank, the embassy scored 54/5 in five overs and restricted their opponents to 48/4. In ther other match, the Indian Embassy chased Nepal Investment Bank’s total of 46/4 losing three wickets.

In Group C, Himalayan Bank — who won their both the matches on Wednesday — registered two wins today and advanced to the quarter-finals. Himalayan Bank defeated Prisma Advertising by six wickets in the first match and they registered a 57-run win over Nepal Merchant Bank.

In the other Group D match, The Himalayan Times went down to Chaudhary Group by four wickets. Batting first, THT scored 52/2 and the Chaudhary Group chased the target losing two wickets in 4.2 overs. Suraj Chhetri top-scored for THT with 20 runs, while skipper Pishan Giri remained unbeaten on 18.

Defending champions Soaltee Crowne Plaza — who lost all three matches on the opening day — suffered yet another loss when Standard Chartered Bank beat them by three wickets in Group A. Batting first, the hosts scored 56/0 in five overs, while Standard Chartered overcame the target losing three wickets.

In ohter matches; Kumari Bank (89/1) beat Gorkha Brewery (51/3) by 38 runs; Kantipur Publications (80/2) defeated Shikhar Insurance (31/5) by 49 runs; Machhapuchhere Bank (90/1) outplayed Bank of Kathmandu (51/3) by 39 runs.