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Nary Thapa Makes History with First Century in Nepali Women’s Cricket

Nary Thapa

Nary Thapa made history as the first Nepali woman to score a century in a domestic tournament. Leading region no.5 Nepalgunj, she smashed an unbeaten 121 runs against region no.3 Kathmandu, securing her team’s second consecutive victory. Just a day earlier, Thapa had scored 52 runs against Birgunj.

Women’s cricket in Nepal began in 2005, and scoring a century was once a distant dream, especially since matches were originally just 25 overs per team. This tournament marked the first time matches were extended to 40 overs each, immediately showcasing Thapa’s prowess and suggesting that Nepali women’s batters have developed the skills to stay at the crease for longer periods.

Thapa’s century, scored off 128 balls, included 21 boundaries. She reached her half-century off 52 balls and then etched her name in history with a three-digit score off 109 balls.

Thapa already holds several records, including being the first Nepali woman to score a half-century in international cricket. In the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship 2010 in Singapore, she scored 66 runs against the UAE, including a rare six, becoming the first Nepali woman to achieve this in Associate and Affiliate Women’s Cricket.

In the match against Kathmandu, Thapa’s century propelled Nepalgunj to a total of 205/2 in 40 overs. Trishna Singh’s unbeaten 33 supported Thapa’s outstanding performance.

Defending their total, Nepalgunj’s Samana Pun took five wickets, the first five-wicket haul of the tournament, leading her team to a massive 115-run victory over Kathmandu.

In another match, Region No. 4 (Bhairahawa) defeated Region No. 2 (Birgunj) by 42 runs at the Army Cricket Ground, Bhaktapur. Bhairahawa posted 135 runs, with Saraswoti Pun contributing 45 runs. Birgunj’s bowling was erratic, conceding 37 extras. In response, Birgunj could only manage 93 runs, with Barsa Rana taking four wickets for Bhairahawa. Sita Shrestha top-scored for Birgunj with 26 runs.

Nary Thapa achieved a remarkable milestone, becoming the first Nepali woman to score a century in a domestic cricket tournament. Leading region no.5 Nepalgunj, she played a captain’s innings, scoring an unbeaten 121 runs against region no.3 Kathmandu, securing her team’s second consecutive victory. Just a day earlier, Thapa had showcased her skills with a score of 52 runs against Birgunj.

The journey of women’s cricket in Nepal, which began in 2005, has been marked by significant milestones. However, scoring a century remained a distant dream, largely due to the limited 25 overs per team format of the matches. The extension of the tournament to 40 overs per side proved to be a game-changer, demonstrating that Nepali women cricketers have honed their skills to stay at the crease and bat for longer durations.

Thapa’s unbeaten 121 runs came off 128 balls and included 21 boundaries. She reached the half-century mark in just 52 balls, and then went on to create history by reaching the three-digit figure off 109 balls.

Thapa already holds several records to her name, including being the first Nepali woman to score a half-century in international cricket. Her innings of 66 runs against the UAE in the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship 2010 in Singapore also included a rare six, making her the first Nepali woman cricketer to achieve this feat in Associate and Affiliate Women’s Cricket.

In the match against Kathmandu, Thapa’s century propelled Nepalgunj to a total of 205/2 in 40 overs, with Trishna Singh also contributing an unbeaten 33 runs to support Thapa’s brilliant performance.

Nepalgunj’s victory was further solidified by an outstanding bowling performance from Samana Pun, who claimed five wickets, marking the first five-wicket haul of the tournament. This stellar performance helped Nepalgunj secure a resounding 115-run victory over Kathmandu.

In another match, Region No. 4 (Bhairahawa) emerged victorious over Region No. 2 (Birgunj) by 42 runs at the Army Cricket Ground, Bhaktapur. Bhairahawa posted a total of 135 runs, with Saraswoti Pun top-scoring with 45 runs. Birgunj’s bowling was plagued by extras, conceding 37 runs in total. In response, Birgunj could only manage 93 runs, with Barsa Rana taking four wickets for Bhairahawa. Sita Shrestha was the top-scorer for Birgunj with 26 runs.