SIXTEEN WICKETS fell on the first day of the A W Kanmadikar Trophy inter-divisional under-15 cricket match between Rewa and Ujjain being played at the University Stadium in Rewa on Monday. The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has organised the tournament.
Ujjain won the toss and opted to bat first. When the team started batting, the decision seemed to be a wrong one. The medium pacers and spinners of the host team bowled well and put their opponents on the backfoot.
Wickets fell like ninepins. At one stage, Ujjain division were struggling at 35/8 but the tail wagged and the inning was stretched. The ninth wicket partnership saved the blushes of Ujjain division adding 31 runs.
Varun Chouhan and Mohit were the saviors of the team. The 10th wicket partnership between Varun and Prateesh Mehta took the score to 91/9 at the stroke of lunch. The Ujjain innings was folded up for 91 runs when Varun was dismissed after lunch. He scored 33 runs with six hits to the fence.
Medium pacer Mohamed Javed bowled well and captured two wickets conceding just 12 runs while left arm spinner Girish Sahani from Satna district took two wickets for 15 runs.
Openers Shivam Mishra and Paramdeep Singh gave a bright start to the hosts. They hit the ball at ease and scored runs at a fast rate. They scored 50 runs without losing a wicket. But they lost their wickets when they went for big shots.
Rewa skipper Shivam had a life earlier but he could not capitalise on that chance. He was dismissed after making 25 runs with four boundaries. Paramdeep Singh too followed his skipper after scoring 20 runs with four boundaries.
They lost five wickets in quick succession. At that stage, the scorecard read 55 for 5. Ranveer Singh steadied the innings playing cautiously. He scored an unbeaten 33 and helped his team take first inning lead. At the end of first day’s play, Rewa were 125 for 6. Brief score: Ujjain division: 91; Rewa division: 125/6