APF book semi-final berth with Baitadi win
KATHMANDU, JAN 09 -
Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club defeated Baitadi by 98 runs to top Group A and advance to the semi-finals of the Senior Women’s National Tournament on Wednesday.
Electing to bat first, APF made 194-9 in 40 overs and bowled Baitadi out for 96 runs at the TU ground. With four consecutive wins APF top Group A with eight points while Janakpur, who beat Biratnagar by 32 runs, are second with four points. Biratnagar are fourth with two points.
After openers Sita Rana Magar (2) and Madhu Thapa (12) departed cheaply, Jyoti Pandey (36) and Rubina (30) steadied APF innings. Aasha Saki got rid of both the batswoman, finishing with 4-41 for Baitadi. Saki also got rid of Neera Rajopadhayay (1), who scored the fastest century a day earlier against Pokhara, to reduce APF for 102-5 in 24 overs.
Sarita Magar (28) and Bindu Budhamagar (25) then rescued the team with valuable runs adding 52 runs for the sixth wicket. The stand was broken when Rekha Rawal had Budhamagar trapped leg before in the 33rd over. None of the other the batswoman were able to contribute significantly.
Baitadi, who had the chance to topple Janakpur from the second spot, failed to impress with the bat. They had an inauspicious start with opener Rawal (4), who had slammed a ton against Pokhara, departing with just 11 runs on the board.
Anjali Chand (12), Kalpana Kunwar (12) and Janaki Bhatta (14) were the only other Baitadi batswoman to score in double digit. Chhetri and Budhamagar claimed two wickets each while Sonu Khadka, Sita, Karuna Bhandari and Ritu Kanojiya took one apiece for APF.
In Pulchowk, opener Sobha Ale hit 38 and middle order batswoman Mamta Chaudhary scored 37 runs as Janakpur put on 169-5. In reply, Biratnagar were able to make only 137 in 37.2 overs.
Janakpur had a good start with openers Ale and Shanti Chaudhary (21) putting on 64 runs before Rashmi Sharma broke the stand in the 15th over. Sharma (3-19) also got rid of the two top order batswoman to shrink Janakpur for 96-3 in 28 overs. Sangita Rai and Ambika Budhathoki also got one wicket each for Biratnagar. Mamta and Roji Kadari (20 not out) then put 51-run sixth wicket partnership to propel Janakpur to 169.
In reply, openers Kajol Shrestha (39) and Sangana Budathoki gave Biratnagar a solid start to their run chase putting on 51 runs. But Biratnagar innings collapsed after the dismissal of Budhathoki (11) in the 15th over. The only other major contribution came from Roshna Rai who scored unbeaten 24.
Anuradha Chaudhary was pick of the Janakpur bowlers with figures of 4-17 while Kabita Gautam grabbed 2-26.