Rajesh, Anand take Indore to victory
GOOD SPELLS by Rajesh Kanojiya and Anand Rajan gave Indore Division the coveted late Madhav Rao Scindia trophy. The team packed Bhopal Division for mere 128 runs in the final match played at University grounds Rewa on Saturday.
The Master Builder one-day inter-divisional cricket tournament for the late Madhavrao Scindia Trophy is sponsored by J P Cement Rewa and organised by MPCA.
Indore captain Abbas Ali won the toss and elected to bat. The openers started off well and scored 40 runs for the first wicket. However, Bhopal bowlers broke the opening stand and Indore lost three quick wickets to reach 70 at the loss of four.
Sunil Dholpure and Shadab Khan added 44 runs for the fifth wicket. Shadab failed to score half-century and was back for 49 that included six boundaries.
Naman scored 24 and Sunil Dholpure 25. Rajesh Kanojiya made a quick 25 to help his team reach 218/9 in their stipulated 50 overs. M Ansari, Saboor Baig took two wickets for Bhopal Division.
Chasing 219, Bhopal Division batsmen failed to stay at the wicket. They were struggling at 70 for four— all taken by Rajesh Kanojiya. Ranji player Anand Rajan at the other end with his controlled line and length never allowed batsmen to stay at the wicket and took wickets at regular intervals.
Kanojiya captured five for 40 runs in his 10 overs. Rajan took four for 20 runs in his quota of 10 overs. Both the medium pacers were devastating and it was a surprise to see Bhopal batsmen giving away their wicket easily.
The one-sided final match disappointed the crowd who could only watch the brilliant bowling of Rajan and Kanojiya.
Indore Division bagged the inaugural late Madhav Rao Scindia trophy and cash prize money of Rs 25,000 and Bhopal Division had to be satisfied with Master Builders trophy and cash prize money of Rs 12,500.
Rewa District Collector D P Ahuja was the chief guest and SP Ravi Gupta and J P Cement president Y Parinu presided over the function. MPCA president Jyotiraditya Scindia and MPCA secretary Sanjay Jagdale could not attend the event due to the one-dayer between India and West Indies at Nagpur on Sunday.
The Rewa District Association Secretary speaking to Hindustan Times over phone said that audience would have loved to see the MPCA president and Congress leader attend the final match.
This is the first time that MPCA along with Rewa Divisional Cricket Association has organised the tournament. MPCA and RDCA thanked J P Cement for their sponsorship and successful completion of the tournament.