KOLHAS Group Delhi edged out City favourites St Michael’s Cricket Academy (SMCA) by five wickets in the Manish Agnihotri memorial all-India cricket tournament being played at the Old Campion grounds on Sunday.
The SMCA that has the credit of winning number of tournaments at the local and state-level suffered in every department of the game. However, the start was good for the team as they won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that has been batsman-friendly.
Even the opener, Pervezullah and Sameer Qureshi made a good start for the team by adding 74 runs for the first wicket. When the team was heading for a big score, Sameer Qureshi failed to judge a delivery of Sanjay and lost his wicket. He was out for 35. This was the beginning of a nightmare for the City favourites.
The irresponsible batting by rest of the team put the team in trouble. Such was their approach that the highest scorer among the next eight batsmen made 20 runs. Their reckless batting could be gauged from the fact that the team saw four batsmen losing their wickets before reaching in double figures. Star batsmen, including Salman Baig, Zubair Raza, Sushant Sharma lost their wickets cheaply. The sloppy batting by the batsmen restricted St Michael’s total to just 155 runs in 36 overs. Sanjay claimed highest three wickets for the bowling side.
After a disappointing batting performance, the St Michael’s team performed out lackluster in bowling and fielding too. The team missed stumping chances and dropping of catches marked the first ten overs. However, Suboor Baig and Zamran brought some relief for the St Michael’s team by scalping three wickets in quick succession.
But they failed to save the match as the score was low on the board. Delhi won the match by five wickets. Mobin and Ranji player Ashish Sharma scored 66 and 41 runs respectively. Mobin was declared national Hospital man of the match.
VNS Institute chairman Sanjay Pandey presented the man of the match trophy to Mobin. BDCA vice-president Aruneshwar Singhdeo, Akshat Sharma, Col JC Sharma, RK Agnihotri, Gopal Bratni, JP Tyagi, Rajat Mohan Verma, Rajesh Agnihotri and others were present.
Match on Monday
IPC vs Varanasi