Region-IV (Bhairahawa) defeated Region-V (Nepalgunj) by eight wickets in the Pepsi Standard Chartered One-day National Cricket Tournament here today.
Batting first after winning the toss at the Engineering Campus grounds, Nepalgunj were bowled out for 129 runs in 30 overs before Bhairahawa reached the target losing two wickets in 21 overs. Vivek Chaudhary and Lal Bahadur Adhikari shared eight wickets between them as Nepalgunj were reeling at 59-8 inside 20 overs before Nasir Ansari’s late charge took them to respectable total.
Ansari, batting at No 9, struck four boundaries and three sixes in his 42-ball 50 and added 47 runs for the last wicket with Sammu Khan, who remained unbeaten on 10. Rupesh Sharma (19) and Bhupendra Thapa (11) were the best contributors from the top order. Vivek was the pick of the Bhairahawa bowlers with 4-28, while Lal Bahadur returned with 4-40 off eight overs. Krishna Karki and skipper Antim Thapa claimed one wicket each.
In reply, Lal Bahadur and Antim Thapa added 122 runs for the second wicket after the early dismissal of Kiran Pandey (zero) to guide the team safely home. Man-of-the-match Lal Bahadur, who fell three runs short of half century, struck five fours and a six, while Antim remained unbeaten on 62 off 63 balls including nine boundaries and a six. Navin Shahi and Nasir Ansari took one wicket each for Nepalgunj.
In another match at the TU Stadium, Region-VI (Baitadi) defeated Region-II (Birgunj) by 45 runs. Dinesh Agri and Santosh Bhatt scored half centuries as Baitadi scored 257-8 in 50 overs and packed Birgunj for 212 in 47.4 overs.
Dinesh top scored with an unbeaten 81 off 71 balls that included seven fours and four sixes, while opener Santosh hit four fours and two sixes in his 72-ball 55 and added 89 runs for the second wicket with Surendra Chand. Surendra scored 43 off 44 balls hitting seven fours. Dinesh and Sunil Tamang (four) added 49 for the unfinished ninth wicket in the last seven overs.
Naresh Raj Giri and Hasim Ansari took two wickets each, while Jitendra Mukhiya and Sameer Thapa claimed one apiece for Birgunj. In reply, Birgunj had a mediocre start with openers Santosh Sah and Naresh Raj Giri adding 40 runs in 11 overs before Santosh (11) was trapped leg before by Sunil Tamang.
Naresh and Hasim then added 63 for the second wicket to take the scores past three figures before they fell in quick succession. Naresh scored 52 off 72 balls hitting four fours, while Hasim struck two fours in his 43-ball 35. Birgunj lost wickets in regular intervals and failed to build partnerships before being all out with 14 balls to spare. Except for Sameer Thapa, who remained unbeaten on 44 off 54 including four fours, others failed to make significant contributions.
Dinesh Agri returned to take 4-40 off 10 overs and also earned the man-of-the-match award, while Ashok Bhatt, Sunil Tamang, Kamal Raj Joshi and Rajendra Bhatta claimed one wicket each for Baitadi.