Kathmandu – Region 6 (Baitadi) defeated Region 8 (Pokhara) to clinch the Wai Wai U19 National Tournament by 96 run at the Tribhuvan International Ground, Kirtipur on thursday.
An allround performance by Prem Tamang, skipper of Baitadi helped his team to win the cash award of Rs. 25000 in the tournament.
Pokhara won the toss and put Baitadi in for batting. They posted a modest total of 153 in their 49 overs losing all their wickets. Yogendra Karki top scored with 25(46) while Prem Tamang and Arun Airee cheaped in with 23(47) and 20(38) respectively.
Dipesh shrestha & Sushil Kandel took two wickets each for Pokhara to restrict them.
Pokhara showed a poor performance with the bat during the chase. Except their Skipper and opener Khem Raj Paudel’s 21(46), none of the other batters challenged the baitadi’s bowling attack. Outstanding bowling from Prem Tamang (6.5-0-18-3), Yogendra karki (3-2-1-2) & Dhiraj Jairu (1-1-1-2) bundled out Pokhara for a mere 57 runs in 23.0 overs.
After the win, Baitadi was awarded with Rs. 25000 while the runner-ups Pokhara received Rs.15,000. Region 9(Dhangadi) won the Fair Play Award with cash prize of Rs.5000.
Prem Tamang who had an outstanding tournament received Man of the match and Man of the Series award worth Rs. 10000. Similarly, Baitadi’s Yogendra Karki took the Best Batsman award of Rs. 5000 while Arjun Chapagain (Region 9), remained the Best Bowler of the tournament. He took 12 wickets in four matches.