Lumbini Province has confirmed their spot in U-19 National Tournament final after the victory against Madhesh in the last group stage match on Saturday. Lumbini were victorious by 58 runs and finished second in the table to fix the meeting against Sudurpaschim.
The final will be played at TU Cricket Ground on the fifth of December. Sudurpaschim and Lumbini were the finalists in the previous edition too, where Lumbini finished on the happier side.
Invited to bat first, Lumbini piled up 222/9 after the allotted 50 overs. Prajjwol Thapa topped the scorecard with 85 runs, while Nar Sarki and Aakash Tripathi assisted 26 and 23 runs, respectively. Nikesh Gupta grabbed three wickets, whereas Nitesh Yadav and Abhisekh Tiwari pocketed two wickets each.
In reply, Madhesh were wrapped up for 164 in 45.4 overs. Avishek Gautam and Bishal Bikram Kc were the stars, with three wickets each. The other four used bowlers also grabbed one apiece. Mayan Yadav and Sarfraj Mansuri scored 38 and 31 runs, respectively, for Madhesh Province.
Lumbini grabbed five consecutive victories after being thrashed by Suduraschim in the first match. Meanwhile, another finalist, Sudurpaschim, remained unbeaten throughout the group-stage matches.