KEA en­ter semi­fi­nals as AECK, MACE and TKM win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

(15 no - man of the match), Ge­orge (13) and Aju (11) en­sur­ing an easy 8 wick­ets vic­tory with more than 5 overs to spare. Ajay and Tarun (1 each) were the wicket tak­ers for NIT.

Hosts CET bat­ting 1st in the 2nd match could not make much head­way against the per­sis­tent at­tack of TKM and were re­duced to 32 for 6 by the 10th over with only Prashanth (11) show­ing some re­silience. But Zakir (15 no) in a late or­der flour­ish en­abled CET to fin­ish on a fight­ing 54 for 6 in their 12 overs. An­far (2), Mukesh, Rahul and Javed with a wicket each had things un­der con­trol for the ma­jor­ity of the in­nings. In re­ply, Shabeer (23) with 3 bound­aries took charge early on and with An­far at his ex­plo­sive best (15 no - 3x4) took TKM to a com­mand­ing 9 wicket vic­tory in the 8th over and put TKM firmly on course for a semi-fi­nal spot. Daniel had the con­so­la­tion of tak­ing the only wicket to fall in TKM’s in­nings.

In the third match, bat­ting first against TEC, AECK had a good start with the open­ers putting on 24 runs by the 5th over. But it was the 2nd wicket part­ner­ship of 32 runs be­tween Ma­hesh (35 - 1x6, 2x4, man of the match) and Nimish (23 - 4x4) which took the match away from TEC en­abling AECK to put up a dom­i­nant score of 92 for the loss of 7 wick­ets in their 12 overs. Sreeku­mar (3 wick­ets) bowled spirit­edly with good sup­port by Gireesh and San­deep (1 wicket each) but could not quite con­tain the classy AECK line up. In re­ply, in­jury hit TEC seemed dis­heart­ened as none of their es­tab­lished bats­men could reach dou­ble fig­ures and AECK won com­pre­hen­sively by 55 runs. For AECK, Abu­lais, Nimish, Re­mon (2 wick­ets each), Mu­naz and Shameer (1 wicket each) once again showed their all round bowl­ing strength.

In the fi­nal match of the day, NSS bat­ting first lost their top or­der quickly and were pre­car­i­ously placed at 18 for 4 wick­ets at the half way stage. Aneesh (20) with good sup­port from Shy­fud­dhin helped NSS to reach a fight­ing 50 runs be­ing all out in the last over. For KEA, Nasif (5 for 10 in­clud­ing a hat-trick) did most of the dam­age with good sup­port from Sibin (2 for 15). In re­ply, KEA open­ers Nitin (29 no - 3x4) and Govind (14 no) put up a bril­liant dis­play with flu­ent drives and pulls to all parts of the ground. KEA won by 10 wick­ets in the 7th over show­ing they are a real force to reckon with and strong con­tenders for the ti­tle.

KUWAIT: Sreenath, Pres­i­dent, KEA giv­ing away the Man of the Match award to Nasif (KEA).

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