Basanta guides APF to semis, Bhairahawa wins it close

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Kathmandu- Bananta Regmi took five wickets in his return to domestic cricket as APF recorded another big win of the tournament over Dhangadhi while Bhairahawa secured a close one wicket victory over Baitadi in the senior national cricket tournament 2015.

APF VS Dhangahdi

In a match played at T.U Ground, Kirtipur, in his return to domestic cricket left arm spinning wizard of Nepal Cricket Basanta Regmi bagged a five wicket haul to pack up Dhangadhi for just 70 runs in 27 overs. Dhangahdi’s innings consisted off three ducks and only two batsman scored in double figures for them. Gyanendra Kunwar scoresd35 runs off 60 balls while Sunil Dhamala scored 10 runs. Bhuwan Karki and Pradeep Airee also got their share of two wickets each.

APF chased the target in 13.1 overs with 221 ball remaining, losing two wickets and that of Paresh Lohani 6 and Subash Khakurel 23. Pradeep Airee remained not out on 19 runs to hit the winning runs.

Baitadi VS Bhairahawa

At Engineering Ground, Pulchow, Bhairahawa suffered their first loss of the tournament to Bhairahawa. In an interesting match, Bhairahawa chased a target of 134 runs with one wicket remaining.

A four wicket haul from Sushan Bhari and three wickets from Lal Bahadur Adhikari restricted Baitadi for 133 runs inside 29 overs. Baitadi collapsed from a situation of 98/4 to 133/10 in 10 overs. Prem Tamang top scored for Baitadi with 44 runs from 40 balls.

A quickfire of 52 runs off just 24 balls from Fazrul Khan had given Bhairahawa a good start and they were comfortably placed at 52/2 in 5 overs before Fazrun got out. Then from 52/2 they Bhairahawa saw a middle order collapse that left them 65/6 in four more overs.

However, Nishchal Chaudhary batting at No.3 stayed calm and guided them to the victory. He scored a fine 40 not out off 54 balls with three fours and a six. Kamal Airee was the destroyer with five wickets to his name.

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