Jhapa XI stormed into the Aaha-Rara Gold Cup quarterfinals with a 4-0 drubbing of Lumbini FC at the Pokhara Stadium on Thursday.
It was a colossal setback for the high-flying Lumbini FC, who came in the competition after their shocking 1-0 triumph over household goliaths Nepal Police Club in the Red Bull National League in Kathmandu.
Karna Limbu, Bishal Rai An and Yogesh Gurung scored a goal each for Jhapa, while an own goal added to Lumbini’s woe.
After a goalless draw in the first half, the game came into life when Limbu put Jhapa ahead in the 50th minute. Limbu caught up buddy Rai’s shot that bounced back off the Lumbini overseer Dillip Chhetry to tap in for the goal.
Rai multiplied the lead in the 66th minute, hammering home from close after Karna Limbu conveyed an impeccable ball from corner.
Jhapa coach Bhagirath Ale said his team was alert against the side who came into the tournament with a huge upset win over NPC.
“Overconfidence let the group down,” said Lumbini coachYam Prasad Gurung. “Our players took Jhapa softly on the once again of their late win over NPC and draw over Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) in the National League” conceded the Lumbini coach.
MMC will take on visiting Kanchanjunga Football Club of India on Friday.Follow @gorkhapost
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers : Nepal go down to Netherlands
KATHMANDU — Nepal finished eighth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers after losing to Netherlands by 45 runs in the 7th place play off at Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, on Saturday.
The Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat before making a total of 189-9 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, Nepal managed to make 144 runs only in 44.4 overs losing all the wickets.
Sompal Kami made the highest 36 runs where as Dipendra Singh Airee (25) and Paras Khadka (22) were the other big scorers for Nepal.
Player-of-the-match Roelof van der Merwe was pick of the Dutch bowling as he took 4-20 and he was supported by Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar who bagged two wickets each. Likewise, Timm van der Gugten and Shane Snater added one wicket each.
Earlier, Bas de Leede top-scored for Dutch side with 39 runs which included four boundaries. Nepal had kept the Netherlands under pressure with Sompal Kami bagging two early wickets inside three overs. Dutch opener Wesley Barressi abd Ben Cooper were dismissed for zero run in Kami’s delivery.
Captain Peter Borren (7) also failed to manage to add significant runs but middle-order batsmen Roelof van der Merwe and Scott Edwards contributing 25 runs each rescued the Netherlands innings. Max O’Dowd was another notable contributors for the Netherlands as he smashed 44-ball 28 where as unbeaten Shane Snater and Pieter Seelaar added 23 runs each.
Sompal Kami took four wickets for Nepal. Likewise, spinners Sandip Lamichhane and Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi had two each and Shakti Gauchan bagged one wicket.Follow @gorkhapost