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Satisfying day for SMCA

ST MICHAEL?S Cricket Academy (SMCA) restricted Arera Cricket Academy to 262 and then scored 35 without loss at the close of the first day of the under-15 cricket tournament that began today at Bab-e-Aali Stadium.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 01:06 IST

ST MICHAEL’S Cricket Academy (SMCA) restricted Arera Cricket Academy to 262 and then scored 35 without loss at the close of the first day of the under-15 cricket tournament that began today at Bab-e-Aali Stadium.

The tournament is being organised to provide a practice session for the Bhopal division team before they appear in the inter-divisional tournament that is to begin from the last week of this month. In all, four leading teams of Bhopal are participating in the tournament. The two days match will be of 90 overs per innings.

Arera Academy skipper won the toss and without hesitation opted to bat first. But the disciplined bowling attack by SMCA posed problems for the Arera team, which struggled to score runs. But the Bab-e-Aali pitch that has been a heaven for the batsmen, once again played in the same way.

Arera Academy, after a slow start, gathered steam in the later part of the day by playing responsibly. Saurabh Khadse, showing good temperament, played an invaluable innings of 87 runs off 154 deliveries. Nikhil supported him by playing sensibly. He scored 43 off 61 deliveries. Dhananjay scored 37.

With the help of these important innings, Arera Academy managed to score 262 in 76 overs. For SMCA, Zeeshan was the most successful bowler claiming three wickets.

SMCA responded with a cautious start. At the close of the day, SMCA had scored 35 runs without losing any wicket. Earlier, BDCA chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh inaugurated the tournament. On the occasion, C S Dhakad, J P Tyagi, Syed Shakeel Mohammad, Suresh Chenani, Samad, Ghufran and others were present.


Good response to new concept
THIS IS for the first time that tournament of 90 overs per innings for under-15 is being organised for the Bhopal teams. The players also appreciated the concept and participated with full enthusiasm despite the scorching heat.
“Our objective is to provide practice before they appear in the tournaments”, said Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) secretary Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan.

First Published: May 17, 2006 01:06 IST