SANTHOSH SAU and Rohit Dhru of Bilaspur division relished the play and blasted Ujjain bowlers to build up a mammoth team score of 593 in their first innings in reply to host Ujjain division score of 225 in the Maharaja Yeshwant Rao senior division cricket tournament played at the Police Lines on Friday.
On the final day, resuming at their overnight score of 348/3, both players started blasting opponent bowlers mercilessly and runs were flowing freely from their blades.
Sau was more aggressive and Ujjain bowlers paid dearly for their not keeping their line and length. Sau, however, lost his wicket for playing a bad shot. He tried to cut the out going ball but it took an inner edge to dislodge his bails. He was unlucky not to complete his double ton and was out for 194 with 23 hits to the rope and two over the ropes. He batted for 406 minutes
Sau and Rohit had added 310 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. Rohit completed his hundred with 12 boundaries. Bilaspur lost their fifth wicket of Akash Singh cheaply. Amit Mishra joined Rohit and both accelerated the run rate.
Rohit was back in the pavilion after scoring a brilliant 153. He played for 358 minutes and scored 20 boundaries. Amit Mishra played confidently and scored a classic 50 in 74 balls with three boundaries and one huge six. After the fall of Amit, Bilaspur were all out for 593 runs before tea. Ratansdeep bowled well to capture 5/116 of 36.5 overs and Ramendra took 3/96 of 26 overs.
In the second innings, host Ujjain, in a bid to make quick runs, lost six batsmen for merely 91 runs after completing the mandatory eight overs before the match was called off with the consent of both the skippers.
Ashutosh who batted well in the first innings showed his class in second innings. He lofted the balls effortlessly over the fielders and scored a brisk 32 with seven boundaries and Varun Singh made 22 runs in 20 balls with three boundaries and a six. Ujjain lost its six wickets for 91. Bilaspur won the match on the basis of their first innings lead of 358 runs.