9th Mile book berth in Agniban Trophy final
KHANNA CLUB 9th Mile entered the final of the Agniban Trophy tennis ball cricket tournament on Saturday, while Manohar Lahore of Ram Bagh XI stunned Champions and Champions on Friday night. Sponsored by Ma Kankeshwari Info Tech, the tournament is being played at the at Usha Raje cricket grounds.india Updated: May 07, 2006 02:02 IST
KHANNA CLUB 9th Mile entered the final of the Agniban Trophy tennis ball cricket tournament on Saturday, while Manohar Lahore of Ram Bagh XI stunned Champions and Champions on Friday night. Sponsored by Ma Kankeshwari Info Tech, the tournament is being played at the at Usha Raje cricket grounds.
The remaining one quarterfinal match was played between Champions and Champions and Rambagh XI. Batting first, Champions and Champions were struggling to face the accurate bowling of Lahore of Rambagh XI bowlers.It was a pathetic show by the Champions and Champions batsmen. In 9.2 overs, they managed to score just 36 runs. Lahore bowlers bowled brilliantly to grab three wickets in three overs.
Rambagh XI had to struggle hard before surpassing the total. They reached the target in the 10th over losing four wickets. This was the biggest upset in the tournament. Even the organisers were shocked to see the way Champions and Champions lost the match. With this win Rambagh sailed into the last four. In the semifinal, they would play against Vijetha XI Hatpipliya.
The first semifinal was played on Friday night. 9th Mile captain won the toss and put his opponents Yusuf XI, Bhopal, in to bat. Bhopal players showed their grit and batted well to score match winning score of 73/8 in the allotted 10 overs.
Suresh scored a brisk 37 with three huge sixes.
Heera Yadav bowled well to restrict Bhopal team and captured four wickets. Dilip captured two wickets. Chasing 74 for victory at an average of 7.4 runs per overs, 9th Mile batsmen were struggling in the beginning. They scored just 16 runs in the first four overs.
In 36 balls, they had to score 58 runs. It was Ambrish who turned the table against the opponents. He blasted a hurricane 36 with four huge sixes and one boundary. In the first ball of the 10th over, he hit a huge six to help his team surpass the target with six wickets in hand. Nazir gave good support and scored 19.
9th Mile would play in the final on Sunday night.The third match was played between MPCA XI and Administration XI on Friday night.
Batting first, Administration scored 77 in 10 overs. District Collector Vivek Aggarwal showed his class to score 15 and it was the highest individual score for his team. He swung his bat to accelerate run rate and helped his team to cross 75 plus. Additional SP Rajesh Hingnekar too batted well to score useful 12.
In reply, MPCA veterans scored the required runs losing five wickets. It was Narendra Menon’s night. He showed his old touch and the best part of him was the running between the wickets. The way he ran between the wickets at the age of 60 made the youngsters think why they could not do so. He scored 31 runs. He got good support from MPCA secretary and national selector Sanjay Jagle who scored 15 runs. Karan Singh Shekawat contributed a useful 10 to help their team to sail into the final.
First Published: May 07, 2006 02:02 IST