By a Staff Reporter
Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) – Nepal APF Club have won the title of the PM Women’s Cup National Championship 2080. APF, led by Sita Rana Magar, defeated Koshi Province, led by Rubina Chhetri, by 11 runs to win the title.
Chasing a target of 115 runs, Koshi managed to score 103 in 20 overs at the loss of just four wickets. Skipper Rubina Chhetri’s innings of 62 runs in 58 deliveries with seven fours and a six couldn’t be enough to get her side over the line.
With 16 runs required off the final over, Rubina was stumped in the first ball off Karuna Bhandari and Koshi’s chances derailed.
Opener Apsari Begam could only manage to score eight runs before being run out. Rubina and Kajol Shrestha put up a stand of 60 runs for the second wicket. Kajol was dismissed by Sita in the 17th over on 22 runs. APF’s Karuna Bhandari and Sita Rana Magar took a wicket each.
Earlier, APF, who won the toss and opted to bat first at the TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur, got to a total of 114 runs in 20 overs at the loss of seven wickets. Apsari Begam took a hat-trick in the final over and brought Koshi back into the game but batting let the team down.
Indu Barma made 53 off 47 with six boundaries and a six for APF. Opener Jyoti Pandey made 27 runs while Roma Thapa added 15 runs to the total. The rest of the batters were unable to reach double figures including skipper Sita who was dismissed early on just one run.
Aprasi Begam took three wickets for 21 runs in her four-over spell while Alisha Khadiya took two for 15 in her four overs as well. Rubina Chhetri and Nisha Shah took one wicket each.
Koshi were defeated by APF both in the league stage as well as the first qualifier as well. Koshi had defeated Sudurpaschim Province in the second qualifier to book their place in the final in the second time of asking.