Baroda defeated Air India by four wickets on the opening day of the 21st All India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament at Sector 16 cricket stadium on Monday. Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by UT finance and sports secretary Saravjit Singh at GMSSS, Sector 26.
Batting first, Air India managed to set a competitive score of 255 for the loss of four wickets in 50 overs.Openers Dhiraj Jadhav and Pradeep Malik put on 95 runs for the first wicket in 27.4 overs. Pardeep was caught by Sorabh off Aditya for 55 off 82 balls inclusive of seven boundaries.Thereafter Hiten Dalal and Dhiraj Jadhav put on 62 runs for the second wicket. Hiten was caught by Kedar off Bhaja for 31.
Dhiraj Jadhav retired hurt for 45, while Rajat Bhatia (27) and Deepak Joon 55 off 36 balls with six boundaries and two sixes helped Air India cross 250run mark. Lukman Meriwala was the pick of the bowlers for Baroda. He picked two wickets 54 runs.
Replying, Baroda achieved the target making 257 for the loss of six wickets in 49 overs. With this win Baroda pocketed four points. Deepak Hooda 33 off 35 balls and Bishnu Solanki (85no) added 61 runs for the fourth wicket to set up the chase. Another fruitful partnership of 121 runs for the fifth wicket between Abhijit Karambel, who made 64 off 61 balls with eight boundaries, and Bishnu Solanki helped side start with a win. Solanki was unbeaten on 85 off 99 balls with eight boundaries and was named man of the match.
UPCA REGISTER 26-RUN WIN OVER MPCA
Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) defeated Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) by 26 runs to secure four points at GMSSS26 in the second match. Batting first, UPCA made 207 for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. Parminder Singh led the batting with an unbeaten knock of 73 off 94 balls inclusive of four boundaries and two sixes.
He was ably supported by Deepinder Pandey as the duo raised 57 runs partnership for the eighth wicket. This after at one time UPCA were reeling at 81 for 6.
Later, Mohd Javed scored unbeaten 19 off 13 balls with two boundaries to further bolster UPCA total to 207. The bowling honours for MPCA were shared by Yogesh Rawat (3 for 34) and Salman Baig (2 for 22) and Harpreet Singh (3 for 34).
Replying, MPCA had a shaky start losing half their side with just 65 runs on board in 22.1 overs. But Jatin Saxena (26) with Anand Bais added 35 runs for the sixth wicket. Thereafter Amarjit Singh (30) and Anand Bais (44) added 56 runs for the ninth wicket.
However, MPCA were bowled out for 181 in 46.4 overs. For UPCA, Mohd Javed (4 for 56), Amit Mishra (2 for 28) and Ali Murutaza (2 for 51) were the main wicket takers. Parminder Singh was adjudged man of the match.
SWAPNIL SHINES IN CAG’S WIN
CAG defeated FCI by a huge margin of 127 runs to garner four points at Gover nment College ground in Ropar. Batting first, CAG opener Swapnil Salvi hammered a match winning century making 107 off 112 balls inclusive of 13 boundaries and one huge six.
Biplab made 39 off 28 balls with two boundaries and two sixes, while Ankur Julka scored 35 with four boundaries. Bipul Sharma scored unbeaten 29 with three boundaries and one six.
Ankit and Swapnil put on 51 runs for the first wicket, Swapnil and Ankur put on 87 runs for the third wicket. Swapnil was involved in a 51-run partnership with A Bahrot for the fourth wicket. CAG in the end scored 288 for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. For FCI, Vinay Chaudhary (3 for 63) and Bibesh Khanna (2 for 39) were the main wicket takers.
Replying, FCI were bundled out for 161 in 35.5 overs. Pulkit Narang (30), Umang Sharma (24), Nitin Saini (22), Divesh Khanna (20) and Vinay Chaudhary (20) were the main contributors with the bat. Medium pacer Imtiyaz Ahmed (3 for 31), Gobind Poddar (2 for 30) and Ritu Raj Singh (2 for 16) took wickets to guide CAG to an easy win. Swapnil Salvi was declared man of the match.
HPCA STUN BENGAL
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) defeated Bengal by four wickets in the fourth match played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula. Batting first, Bengal were all out for 107 in 32 overs. Losing wickets at regular intervals Bengal never recovered to post a competitive total.
Arindam Dass (20), Debotra Dass (17), Abling Ghosh (19) were the only batsmen to enter the double figures.
For Himachal, Rahul Singh (4 for 34) and Vinay Gularia (2 for 15) were the main wicket takers.
Replying, Himachal reached the winning target in 23.5 overs and in the process lost six wickets for 110 runs. Ekant Sen (31) was the highest run getter for HPCA.Ashok Dinda (2 for 38) and Avling Ghosh (2 for 14) were the main wicket takers for Bengal. Rahul Singh of Himachal was adjudged man of the match.