A GOOD bowling spell by Jamran Javed helped St Michael’s Cricket Academy (SMCA) beat Jhansi Division in the quarterfinal match at Old Campion grounds here on Monday. SMCA made it to the last four defeating Jhansi team by 33 runs.
SMCA won the toss and decided to bat first. Once again, it lost its first wicket early on. Sameer Qureshi was out for a duck.
But Salman Baig and Pervezullah demonstrated excellent temperament and stitched an 84-run partnership for the second wicket. In his 44-run inning, Salman hit seven fours. Pervezullah contributed 37 runs off 45 deliveries.
Their departure, however, landed the team in trouble. SMCA team, which had scored 93 runs for three, lost the next six wickets for just 51 runs.
Invaluable innings by Sushant Sharma and Muqtadirullah helped SMCA score 175 runs, their lowest in the tournament so far. Sushant remained unbeaten on 26 runs.
Dheeraj and Rajesh claimed three wickets each for the Jhansi team. Defending a small total, SMCA bowlers failed to stop the upper order from scoring runs liberally.
When Jhansi was heading for a convincing win, SMCA skipper brought leg spinner Jamran Javed from the Manish Agnihotri end.
Justifying the skipper’s decision, Jamran bowled a magic spell of seven overs. He restricted Jhansi to 142 runs.
He began his spell when Jhansi was at 101 for the loss of three wickets. Jamran scalped five wickets for 26 runs.
Organising committee chairman K P Rai and former director, BDA, Manoj Gautam presented the ‘HT Man of the Match’ trophy to Jamran Javed. On the occasion, organising secretary Sushil Singh and others were also present.
Allahabad Division and Bangalore.
SMCA’s performance lauded
SPECTATORS LAUDED the splendid performance put up by SMCA. “After a 220-run win on Sunday and excellent performance with the ball against the strong Jhansi team, SMCA has rightly staked its claim for the title,” a spectator Suryakant Sahu said. When asked, SMCA coach Syed Shakeel Mohammad said the players performed well. However, they need to improve in fielding, he added. “While defending the total, we dropped few catches that should not be repeated in the coming matches,” he said.