TEC, AECK, NSS and KEA win on open­ing day of CETTA tour­na­ment

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KUWAIT: The 19th Prof Ra­machan­dran Me­mo­rial Cricket Tour­na­ment con­ducted by Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion (CETTA) and spon­sored by GTE Olayan Co on Novem­ber 11 at cricket grounds. The first match, bat­ting first against MACE be­gan steadily with skip­per Suresh (21) and Gireesh (13) putting on 37 runs for the open­ing wicket by the 6th over. Af­ter Gireesh’s Dinto (15) in­creased the tempo but his exit (re­tired hurt) put paid to TEC’s charge and they fin­ished on 75 for the loss of 5 wick­ets in their 12 overs. For MACE, Roy, Jayesh, San­deep and Manu took a wicket each to peg back TEC. In re­ply, MACE lost wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and could score only 50 for the loss of 8 wick­ets leav­ing com­fort­able win­ners by 25 runs. San­deep (3), Gireesh (2) man of the match), Sreeku­mar and Dhanesh (1 wicket each) were in­stru­men­tal in damp­en­ing the hopes of a MACE win.

AECK bat­ting 1st against NIT in the sec­ond match scored at a fast pace with use­ful con­tri­bu­tions from Shamir (14) and Ma­hesh (13). But it was the un­bro­ken 4th wicket part­ner­ship of82 runs be­tween Nimish (50 no man of the match) and Re­mon (22 no) that took the match away from NIT. Nimish was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive with his silken drives and abil­ity to put away the loose balls. Ja­cob (2) and Tharun were the wicket tak­ers for NIT but could not stem the flow of runs. In re­ply NIT com­mit­ted “hara-kiri” with 5 of their bats­men get­ting run out and AECK won over­whelm­ingly by 119 runs. For AECK, Mu­naz (2), Nimish (2) and Ma­hesh 1 wicket showed they are up and ready for the tougher matches ahead.

In the 3rd match, bat­ting first TKM could not make much head­way against the dis­ci­plined bowl­ing of KEA. Ziad (12) and An­far (23 no) fought bravely but the run rate was al­ways be­low 5 per over. TKM fin­ished at a non too im­pres­sive 56 for the loss of7 wick­ets in their al­lot­ted overs. For KEA, Sibin (2), Ajin (l) & Nasif (1 wicket) helped to keep TKM to a be­low par to­tal. In re­ply, af­ter the early fall of Tibish, Govind (17) and Ajin (15 no- man of the match) took the score to 38 by the 6th over to en­sure there were no alarms and KEA won com­fort­ably by 5 wick­ets with 11 balls to spare.

In the fi­nal match of the day, NSS bat­ting first were helped by a spate of no balls from hosts CETAA. Aided by Jay­mo­han (11) and Shai­fud­din (10), NSS reached 51 for 3 by the 11 over. But a hat-trick by Zakir in the 7th over changed the com­plex­ion and CETAA showed signs of a strong come­back. But an un­bro­ken part­ner­ship of 40 runs be­tween Dileep (18 no -man of the match) and Joe (16 no) took NSS to a com­fort­able 91 for 6 of their 12 overs.

For CETAA, Zakir (3), Arun (1), Prashant 1 wicket strove man­fully but a plethora of wides proved their un­do­ing. In re­ply, Daniel (16) and Arief (14) showed de­ter­mi­na­tion but they were al­ways be­hind the ask­ing rate. In the end, CETAA could reach only 55 for the loss of 6 wick­ets leav­ing NSS de­serv­ing win­ners by 36 runs. NSS put up a fine all round bowl­ing per­for­mance with Ma­hesh (2), Priyan and Ar­jun (1 wicket each) be­ing the wicket tak­ers.

In the morn­ing, CETAA Vice Pres­i­dent Manoj Balakr­is­han in­au­gu­rated the tour­na­ment. Jose Kur­ishinkal (CETAA) wel­comed the gath­er­ing while the Chief Guest Ta­pan Ramesh, Re­gional Man­ager, GTE Olayan Co met and spoke with the play­ers.

KUWAIT: Ta­pan Ramesh, Re­gional Man­ager, GTE Olayan giv­ing the man of the match award to Gireesh (TEC).

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