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Rhino Conservation Gold Cup Football Championship kicks off today

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NAWALPARASI — The Rhino Conservation Gold Cup Men’s Football Championship, the tournament with the highest prize money outside Kathmandu valley, kicks off at Kolhuwa of Nawalparasi from today.

The championship will take place until November 11 from today. Altogether 12 teams including the team representing the organizers will play in the tournament.

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All the teams except the team from the organizers’ side are ‘A division’ teams. The Nanda Bhauju Consumers Committee is organizing the championship with the goal of rhino conservation.

The winning team will bag Rs 525 thousand 555 and the first runner-up team Rs 250 thousand 555.

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Nepal defeats Thailand in opening match

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KATHMANDU — Nepal defeated Thailand by 134 runs in the Group A opening match of the ACC U-16 Eastern Region Tournament at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok on Monday.

Nepal won the toss and scored a total of 179 runs in the allotted 50 overs in the Group A match played at Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok.

In reply, Thailand was bowled out for paltry 46 runs in 19.3 overs after Nepal’s Narayan Joshi claimed five wickets.

Joshi gave Nepal an early breakthrough when he bowled Thiraphat Konthong for a duck in second over and claimed two scalps in the fourth over dismissing skipper Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai and Phiriyapong Shanchuai in the first and fourth balls respectively.

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Similarly, Chiraphong Liangwichian was run out in the fifth over as Thailand were reduced to 4-4 before Joshi bowled Patiphan Satphanit (two) in the eighth over.

Joshi then Kittiphat Daorueang (3) caught by Ajay Kumar Loniya in the 10th over to complete his five-wicket haul as Thailand lost first six wickets with just 21 runs on the board.

Thailand were then reduced to 23-9 after Surya Tamang claimed two wickets and Nikhil Kumar Singh claimed one.

Nepal made a positive start to the innings with its opening duo Kushal Malla and Rajan Magar creating a 33-run partnership for the first wicket. Malla made 13-ball eight whereas Magar scored 17 runs facing 18 balls.

But, Nepal came under pressure after losing the third and fourth number batsmen Bishal Bikram KC (5) and Rit Gautam (16).

Trith Raj Das, who came to bat at fifth number, rescued the innings smashing 57-ball 39. He was supported by middle-order batsman Sunil Bhandari who made 23 runs in 33 deliveries. Das built a 36-run partnership with Bhandari for the fifth wicket.

Similarly, Pratis GC contributed 12 runs while Nikhil Kumar Singh made six runs. Kokiad Chatwong was pick of the Thai bowling as he bagged three wickets.  Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai and Chiraphong Liangwichian added two wickets each.

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Thiraphat Konthong and Sarawut Maliwan claimed one wicket each for Thailand.

Host Thailand’s batting owe continued with Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai becoming fourth batsman to be dismissed for a duck as he was run out after just three ball.

Kokiad Chatwong was the top scorer for Thai team with 11 runs. He was also the only batsman to touch double-digit figure for the host.

Surya Tamang claimed two wickets for Nepal while Nikhil Kumar Singh and Bishal Bikram KC added one wicket each.

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