Dechencholing successfully retained the Thimphu School U-19 Girls Trophy, played in Bhutan for the second time this year, after they beat Yangchenphug by six wickets in the Final. Dechencholing, with eight national players in their line-up were strong favourites from the start.

Opening bowlers Devika and Sonam Choden did the damage for Dechencholing with four wickets each, with middle-order batter Nima Zangmo top-scoring with 19 after Yangchenphug chose to bat first. Their total of 73 off 21 overs looked compettive initially with Sonam Lhamo leading the Yangchenphug attack and backed up by some excellent fielding; both Decehncholing openers fell to well-executed run-outs.

Nima Zangmo hits out for Yangchenphug

A 50-plus fourth-wicket partnership between Choening and Yeshey Choden took their side to the brink of victory however before Choden was caught behind, the batters benefiting from some wayward bowling. Dechencholing knocked off the runs in eight overs.

Dechencholing’s were the Best Bowler, Best Bat and Player of the Tournament

“Our Girls really played well in the tournament and having to defend the title, we really worked hard in the practice, cricket really has brought glory to the school and we are really excited about it,” said Deki Yangzom, the Custodian of Cricket for Dechencholing School. Six schools in Thimphu took part in this season’s U-19 Girls Tournament (the other four being Changangkha, Changbandu, Lungtenzampa and Motithang) and school cricket will resume after the mid-year exams. Changbandu School won the Junior Boys School tournament played alongside this event.

Dechencholing with their coach Sonam Tobgay (in red cap)

“Cricket has shot to a great height in Bhutan and with a lot of young kids and school children playing, cricket will soon cover the Bhutan map,” says the Bhutan Cricket Council Board.

Pictures courtesy Bhutan Cricket Council Board

Related: Bhutan’s U-19 Girls and Junior Boys Start Their Season
Bhutan’s Girls Get Going
Bhutan Country Profile

Filed June 10, 2009