Armed Police Force (APF) and Region No. 5 (Nepalgunj) started winning in the Senior Women’s National Cricket Tournament that kicked off in the capital on Thursday.
In the match held at TU Ground, AFP defeated Region No. 1 (Biratnagar) by 110 runs, while Nepalgunj beat Region No. 2 (Birgunj) by seven wickets held at Army Cricket Ground.
Biratnagar was bowled out just for 75 runs in 28.4 overs against the target of 186 runs set by APF. Sonu Khadka and Karuna Bhandari took three wickets each while Rubina Chhetri and Sarita Magar claimed two wickets for the winning team.
Sita Rana Magar scored the highest 63 runs, Sarita Magar 40 runs and Jyoti Pandey 25 runs for APF. Sita was also declared player of the match.
In another match of the day, Nepalgunj easily chased the target of 98 runs set by Birgunj in just 14 overs with the loss of three wickets. Lamani Chaudhary made half-century for Nepalgunj scoring 52 runs.
Birgunj was all out just for 97 runs in 28.4 overs. Nepalgunj’s Samana Pun grabbed three wickets while Samjhana Sharma, Trishna Singh and Nary Thapa took two wickets each.
Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has increased the prize money of the Women’s National Cricket Tournament.
Issuing a statement on Thursday, the apex body of cricket informed that the price prize has been raised to Rs 45,000 from Rs 25, 000 while runner-up will get Rs 30,000, an increase from previous Rs 15,000.
However, it did not mention anything about prize to the team that secures third place in the tournament.
CAN has also revised the match of 40 overs as part of the preparation for the ACC Women’s Premier Cricket scheduled to be held from 11-18 February, 2014 in Thailand.