Teams of host Pinegrove and Modern School, Delhi, trounced their rivals on the first day of the five-day All-India Inter Public School Conference (IPSC) girls' tournament on the premises of Pinegrove school at Dharmpur on Tuesday night.
In the inaugural match of the tournament, which was played under floodlights between Pinegrove and Mayo College Girls' School, Ajmer, the hosts exhibited an all-round display enabling them to outplay their opponents by seven wickets.
Ten-time champion Mayo College Girls' School was expected to put up a good fight, but the game ended in a whimper.
Mayo girls won the toss and chose to bat first. They commenced on a cautious note, but lost quick wickets at regular intervals and could not build a partnership. Only Ananya, who scored 14 runs, could match the immaculate bowling and sharp fielding of the home team. In the stipulated 20 overs, Mayo could only register 74 runs on the board for the loss of seven wickets.
Muskan Gill was the most impressive bowler for the home team, taking three wickets, while Surreet Kaur chipped in with two wickets. Chasing the target, the Pinegrove team too suffered early losses, but Sneha Yadav, who scored a remarkable 24 unbeaten runs, and Muskan Gill too contributed a chanceless 19 not out runs to take vital points for the home team. Muskan was awarded the “Player of the Match” award for her all-round performance.
In another match, Modern School, Delhi, defeated MGD, Jaipur, by 67 runs. Modern School girls elected to bat after winning the toss and rode on an excellent 63 runs scored by Pratika to post a challenging total of 159 runs for the loss of seven wickets.
Anusha was the highest wicket taker for MGD girls snapping three wickets. Chasing the target, MGD girls never looked in the hunt as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Aliya, who scored a gritty 30 runs, displayed some determination to stay at the wicket. MGD girls could only muster 92 runs for the loss of eight wickets, thereby falling short of the total.
Pratika, who took two wickets for the winners, was adjudged the “Player of the Match” for her all-round display.
Principal of Welham Boys' School, Dehradun, Gunmeet Bindra, who was the chief guest on the occasion, complemented the school management for organising such a high-level tournament especially for girls and expressed hope that it would give an opportunity for the budding cricketers to showcase their talent.