Thimphu was close to winning the first under-16 District Cricket Championship at Pelkhil Oval on July 22 when Sarpang’s Namgay Wangmo helped turn the result in favour of her team at the ninth over.

The seven-day championship that played teams – Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue, and Sarpang was played in 10 overs format.

The only four from Namgay Wangmo of Sarpang came at right time when her team was looking for nine runs from six balls towards the final over. The weak fielding from Thimphu gave them the first and match-deciding four.

Sarpang’s under -16 girls defeated Thimphu with one run. The score ended 72-73 runs in favour of Sarpang. The squad that played the tournament for the first time lifted the inaugural edition of U-16 district cricket championship.

Sarpang capitalized on the weak fielding from Thimphu to win maximum runs.

“We needed two runs from last one ball. I could hardly control my nerve. However, we came over this in the end. I was excited with the result,” said Namgay Wangmo who won only four of the match to take U-16 district championship title to Sarpang.

She added that the weeklong championship helped her meet new friends and became more conscious of health and adolescents nutrition.

The event, according to the organizing members, the girls not only a platform to play but also to become an agent of change as they carry home the important messages of health, hygiene and nutrition.

Scoring 22 runs and two wickets in the final match, Eva Somsel Yangzom of Thimphu was named player of the match and also the player of the tournament. Her teammate Dechen Pelmo was named the best batter of the tournament.

“We expected to win the match today. We reached final and were excited about it. However, it was disheartening as we lost the match in the end,” said Eva Somsel Yangzom.

She added that the batting went well with the team.

Dechen Seldon from Thimphu was named best bowler. The best wicket keeper award was given to Pema Yangchen from Sarpang.

Maximum players in the tournament played the tournament for the first time. The player as young as 10 years old took part in the championship organised by Bhutan Cricket Council Board and UNICEF.