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ESPN pip Chronicle in close encounter

ESPN TODAY scored an exciting two-run victory in the inaugural match of the 9th VNS Inter Press Cricket Tournament being organised at Old Campion Ground. ESPN defeated Central Chronicle by two run. ESPN played brilliantly against Central Chronicle. After winning the toss, ESPN skipper Arvind Shrivastava decided to bat first.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 13:33 IST

ESPN TODAY scored an exciting two-run victory in the inaugural match of the 9th VNS Inter Press Cricket Tournament being organised at Old Campion Ground. ESPN defeated Central Chronicle by two run. ESPN played brilliantly against Central Chronicle. After winning the toss, ESPN skipper Arvind Shrivastava decided to bat first.

With the help of 51-run innings by Jamran, ESPN scored 137 runs in the stipulated 20 overs for the loss of five wickets. Imran contributed 32 runs.

Chasing the target, Central Chronicle responded well as the opening pair added 60 runs. When Chronicle were heading towards an easy win, a casual approach by batsmen led the team to trouble.

In the final over, Chronicle required 12 runs to win the tie. But excellent bowling by ESPN bowler restricted Chronicle to 135. Imran claimed two wickets.

Earlier, chief guest of the opening ceremony, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared the tournament open. On the occasion, he said that the State Government is committed to encourage sports and upcoming talents in sports. Further he said that sports keep mind and body healthy.

He said that the budget for sports would also be increased and sports policy would be suitably amended. Later, the CM was introduced to the teams of Central Chronicle and ESPN.

President Bhopal Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) Sanjay Pande, Ravindra Sharma, former director sports B S Kushwaha, former Olympian Jalaluddin Rizvi, vice president BDCA Aruneshwar Singhdeo and Vishwas Sarang were present, on the occasion.