Nepal Armed Police Force Club Women’s team defeated the Sudurpashchim Province team by eight wickets to lift the Lalitpur Mayor Women’s Cup on Sunday at the Tribhuvan University Cricket ground.
Opting to bat first, Sudurpashchim Province posted 106 for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs before APF comfortably chases the target with an eight-wicket win and 22 balls to spare.
Sudurpaschim lost its opener Rewati Dhami (10) with 14 runs on the board at third over. Bindu Rawal and Dolly Bhatta (14) shared a 30-run partnership for the second wicket. Bhatta struck one boundary and a six in her 12-ball. Bindu Rawal made 44 runs from 43 balls and was the highest scorer for Sudurpaschim. Rawal struck four boundaries in her unbeaten knock to help her team to post a modest 106. Kabita Kunwar (13) was the only other batter who contributed in double figures.
The middle and the lower orders failed to convert the start and lost five wickets adding 40 runs. Rekha Rawal, Karun Bhandari, Sushma Shrestha, Sita Rana Magar and Binu Budha took one wicket each for APF.
During the chase, APF openers Jyoti Pandey and Sita Rana Magar put up a strong half-century partnership. They added 69 runs in 11 overs before both the batters were run out in the space of 10 runs. Pandey top-scored with 36 off 38 balls that included five boundaries, while Rana Magar struck four fours in her 32-ball 27. Indu Barma and Mamta Chaudhary then took the team home without further loss adding 30 runs for the unbroken third wicket. Barma remained unbeaten on 19 off 21 balls, while Chaudhary scored 15 not out off just nine balls.
Champions APF earned Rs 300,000, while runners-up Sudurpashchim Province received Rs 150,000. APF skipper Sita Rana Magar was declared the player of the series and she earned Rs 25,000, while her teammate Binu Budha Magar was named the best bowler. Province-1 skipper Rubina Chhetri bagged the best batter’s award. Budha Magar and Chhetri earned Rs 15,000 each.