Province Number 1 win PM Cup with a six-run win over Armed Police Force
Province Number 1 got the better of Armed Police Force (APF) by six runs in a thriller to win the Prime Minister Cup at the Lamahi Cricket Ground in Dang on Sunday (January 3).
Defending a total of 105, skipper Rubina Chhetri got Province Number 1 off to a good start castling both Rajmati Airee and Indu Barma with only 18 runs on the board. Soon APF were reduced to 32 for 5 with Alisha Khadiya striking twice to remove tournament’s top run-getter Jyoti Pandey and Sarita Magar before Sonu Khadka was run out for 1.
However, Mamta Chaudhary and Karuna Bhandari added 64 runs for the sixth wicket to give APF some hope of overhauling the target. The pair scored a lot of their runs via running hitting only one boundary between them. Needing 13 runs to win from the last over, they couldn’t find the boundaries and with Chaudhary getting run out in the second ball, APF could score only six runs from the last over and fell short of the target by seven runs.
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Chhetri and Khadiya finished with two wickets each giving away only 27 runs between them from their eight overs.
Earlier, opting to bat first, Province Number 1 openers Chhetri and Apsari Begam gave them a solid start adding 58 runs for the opening wicket. For APF, skipper Sita Rana Magar struck twice in space of three balls to send back both the openers in the 13th over.
Wicket-keeper Kajal Shrestha played an aggressive knock of 29 not out from 26 balls to take Province Number 1 past the 100-run mark even as wickets fell from the other end. They eventually finished at 105 for 4 from the stipulated 20 overs. Begam was the top-scorer with 34 to her name.
For APF, Rana Magar was the most successful bowler with three wickets to her name.
Chhetri was named the player of the match, while Sangita Rai was named the player of the series.
Province Number 1 105/4 in 20 overs (Apsari Begam 34, Kajal Shrestha 29*; Sita Rana Magar 3/17) beat Armed Police Force 99/7 in 20 overs (Mamta Chaudhary 34, Karuna Bhandari 26*; Alisha Khadiya 2/13, Rubina Chhetri 2/14) by six runs.