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Close call for St Michael?s

ST MICHAEL?S Cricket Academy (SMCA) today registered berth in the next round after scoring a four-wicket win over their archrival Arera Cricket Academy (ACA) in the All India Mayank Chaturvedi Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised in the City. Zubair was declared ?HT Man of the Match?.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 01:04 IST

ST MICHAEL’S Cricket Academy (SMCA) today registered berth in the next round after scoring a four-wicket win over their archrival Arera Cricket Academy (ACA) in the All India Mayank Chaturvedi Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised in the City. Zubair was declared ‘HT Man of the Match’.

The contest between SMCA and ACA was been a close one. The same happened in the last match of the local round played between these two teams. The players were pumped up and the spectators excited.

ACA won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Imran Khan and Abhishek Bhakta played responsibly and put up a partnership of 83. Imran, who was looking dangerous, misread an inswinger of Muqtadir and lost his stumps at his individual score of 57.

This started a collapse and, ACA, which was in a strong position, suddenly lost six wickets for 111. Muqtadir and Naved were the SMCA bowlers who succeeded in applying breaks on the liberal batting of the ACA.

But the other bowlers provided an opportunity to Ranji player Ankit Shrivastava and Varun Sharma to score runs. When the team was struggling at 111 for 6, Ankit and Varun played the responsible innings of 54 and 29 runs respectively. Their important partnership helped Arera score a respectable 218 for the loss of nine wickets in 40 overs.

Chasing the target with the strategy of scoring singles and twos and not playing any risky shots, St Michael’s opening pair of Sameer and Abdul Aqueel stitched together a 75-run partnership.

Interestingly, St Michael’s team also witnessed the same situation faced by their opponents. They lost five wickets for 112 runs.

SMCA bounced back thanks to a brave knock of 60 by Zubair. But the match was not over yet. St Michael’s required five runs to win in the last over. Leg spinner Jyotiraditya Singh came out to deliver the last over. Though he conceded a boundary on his first delivery, a leg bye, he restrained batsmen from scoring run on the next three balls. But the fifth ball saw the victory for St Michael’s when Danish took a single.

JP in action today
CITY’S INTERNATIONAL cricketer JP Yadav will play for the first time in any tournament organised in Bhopal after his splendid innings in Zimbabwe.

He will play from Eastern Railway team against Mumbai in a match of All India Mayank Memorial Cricket Tournament at Old Campion ground on January 20. Match will commence from 9:30 am.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 01:04 IST