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APF crowned champions

KATHMANDU, DEC 29 - Armed Police Force (APF) proved their dominance in all forms of cricket after clinching two national tournaments within a week.

APF, who had bagged the one-day national tournament last week, thumped region no. 6 Baitadi by 95 runs to lift the Senior T-20 and pocketed a cash prize of Rs 125,000 on Saturday.

Runners-up of the previous edition APF were literally uncontested through out the tournament in the absence of Nepal Police Club, the previous winners.

At the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground, Kirtipur, APF elected to bat and Gyanendra Malla, who showed a great form in ODIs scoring a century, had continued the momentum till the final. Malla and skipper skipper Paras Khadka scored half-centuries as the eventual winners pile on 167/5.

In reply, spinners’ duo Sanjam Regmi and Shakti Gauchan scalped four and three wickets each to bowl Baitadi out for 72 runs in 14.4 overs. Leg-spinner ended with figures of three runs and three wickets in his spell of 2.4 overs to put APF in the driving seat.

For Baitadi, Binod Bhandari whose batting had carried them as far as to the title contest, failed to impress. He returned to the pavilion with just 24 runs to his name. The team from the far-west had a rocky start as Sunam Gautam trapped Roshan Nepali leg before for a duck with just nine runs on the board in the second over.

In his next over, Gautam bowled the danger batsman Bhandari out to reduce Baitadi to 26/2. Regmi and Gauchan then wrecked the rest of the batting to help APF to an easy title victory.

Naresh Budayer who contributed 11 runs was the only batter to show some resistance while the rest of the batting succumbed to pressure of the final.

Regmi had Budayer stumped in the eight over to shrink Baitadi for 51/3. The other seven batsmen added just 21 runs between themselves.

Earlier, APF too did not have a good start having lost the first wicket for nought. Chandra Sawad, who ended up taking two wickets, had removed Paresh Lohani for a duck in the third ball of the innings.

Subash Khakurel, who had retired hurt in the previous match, contributed 21 runs in the second wicket partnership of 71 runs with Malla.

Vice-caption of the national team, Malla, who had raced to his half century in just 38 balls, then featured in 68-run partnership with skipper Paras Khadka.

Khadka played a cameo of 25-ball 50 runs including four sixes and three boundaries.

Sawad broke the

partnership when had Khadka (53) caught by Budayer in the 17th over.

Mahendra Chand caught Malla off Shiva Raj Swar to bring an excellent innings to an end in 19.3 overs. Malla stroked a six and seven boundaries for his 69 runs which came off 59 balls. Runners-up Baitadi received Rs 75,000 while Khakurel who bagged both the player of the series and the best batsman was awarded Rs 15,000 and 10,000 respectively. He hit 247 runs in six matches at an average of 91.33.

Best bowler Rahul Vishwakarma from region no. 8 Pokhara bagged Rs 10,000. He grabbed 11 wickets from four matches at an average of 1.09.

Posted on: 2012-12-30 09:00

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