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Nepal secure third in Women’s Asia Region Qualifiers

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KATHMANDU — Nepal women cricket team has secured third in the ICC Women’s World T20 Asia Region Qualifiers defeating Hong Kong Women in a play-off match by 36 runs on Monday.

Karuna Bhandari took three wickets while Shabnam Rai, Sita Rana Magar, Ritu Kanaujia and Nary Thapa calimed one wicket each.

Earlier, Hong Kong won the toss and invited Nepal to bat first. Nepal, with Nary Thapa’s 38 runs from 34 deliveries, put up a score of 94 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs.

Hong Kong’s Hill and Lamplough picked up two wickets each.

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Nepal finished third with six points in the group, however, failed to grab the top two spots to qualify for the global qualifiers.

Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) got first and second positions with nine and eight points respectively.

Likewise, Hong Kong finished fourth with five points and Malaysia finished fifth with two points. China stayed at the bottom of the table without registering a single point.

The top two teams from the global qualifiers will join top six teams in the ICC Women’s World T20 that will be held in West Indies in November 2018.

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PM Oli felicitates cricketers

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has feted the members of the national cricket team 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division II on Friday.

The Nepal stood the first runner up in the cricket tournament that recently took place in Namibia.

PM KP Sharma Oli feted the players and provided Rs 300,000 to each cricketer at a programme organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar.

While honouring the players, Prime Minister Oli committed to developing cricket in the country adding that such felicitation will motivate the players. He further opined for strengthening the foreign relations through such sports.

PM Oli also committed to leading the nation on the way to prosperity as the country now has got a stable government. The team is leaving for Zimbabwe Saturday night.

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Meanwhile, Madan Bhandarai Sports Academy also provided Rs 100,000 in cash to each player. The academy Chair Binod Shrestha opined for developing Cricket Development Board for the holistic development of cricket.

During the programme, Secretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry Mahesh Prasad Dahal shared that the ministry was working out to develop the sports tourism in the country.

Nepal’s team captain Paras Khadka said that his team will make the best performance in the league. On the occasion, the players expressed their best wishes to PM Oli on his birthday.

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