Melbourne, Expert T10 Cricket Championship, organised by Victorian Nepalese Cricket Association, kicked off on 27th March at Fairbairn Park.
8 Victoria-based teams, The Himalayan Giants, The Himalayan Titans, Global Interface Cricket Club, Maven Cricket Club, Expert Sagarmatha Blues Stars, Expert Sagarmatha Renegades, Royal Rhino Cricket Club, and Royal Rhinos Warriors, are participating in the competition. In the cup which has the Expert Education and Visa Services as the title sponsor, the winner and the runners-up will bag $3000 and the championship trophy and the $500 and the runners-up trophy, respectively.
In the league round, in Group A, Expert Sagarmatha Stars (171/0) defeated Royal Rhinos Warriors (89/5) by 82 runs, The Himalayan Giants (112/1) defeated Global Interface Club (109/2) by 7 runs, Global Interface Club (185/0) defeated The Himalayan Titans (138/4) by 24 runs, Expert Sagarmatha Blues Star (112/1) defeated The Himalayan Giants (59/10) by 7 wickets, The Himalayan Giants (112/2) defeated Royal Rhinos Warriors (111/3) by 8 wickets.
In Group B, Expert Sagarmatha Renegades (99/5) defeated Royal Rhinos Cricket Club (102/3) by 5 runs, Expert Sagarmatha Renegades (99) defeated Global Interface Club (92) by 7 runs, Global Interface Club (185/0) defeated The Himalayan Titans (59/10) by 126 runs, Global Interface Club (134/3) defeated Royal Rhinos Cricket Club (88/) by 46 runs, Royal Rhinos Cricket Club (70/9) defeated (111/3), The Himalayan Titans by 3 runs. Reportedly, two remaining matches in the leagues will be played when the weather is favorable.
One most remarkable game was the match played between Global Interface Cricket and The Himalayan Titans. Raju Neupane the all-rounder of Global Interface scored 150 runs not out (14 sixes and 12 fours) off 40 balls, almost one-four off a ball in average. He is the first Nepalese cricketer to score 150 in a match played in T10 Cricket in Victoria.
The interstate player also took 2 wickets and 1 stumping. He scored 261 runs in 3 games with average of 130.5 (87,24,150*). In the same match, there was recorded the highest partnership ever in the Nepalese T10 Tournament in Victoria of 184 runs off 60 balls by Raju Neupane and Deepen Rayamajhi. The team secured the berth for the semi-final.