AECK, TEC, TKM join KEA in semi-fi­nals

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

KUWAIT: The last round of league matches of Prof Ra­machan­dran Me­mo­rial Cricket Tour­na­ment con­ducted by Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing Tri­van­drum Alu­mimi As­so­ci­a­tion (CETAA) was held on Nov 25 at the South Khai­tan cricket grounds. AECK, TKM and TEC joined KEA in the semi fi­nals af­ter to­day’s matches.

Day’s first match be­tween TKM and NSS was a “win­ner takes all” clash with the prize of a semi-fi­nal berth await­ing the win­ner. So a keen con­test was ex­pected. Un­for­tu­nately, NSS bat­ting first lost 4 wick­ets for only 12 runs by the 4th over and all seemed lost bar the shout­ing. But a lib­eral dose of ex­tras (19) con­ceded by TKM along with the plucky dis­play by the lower or­der en­abled NSS to fin­ish on 47 for the loss of 8 wick­ets in their 12 overs. For TKM An­far 2 for 9 with good sup­port from Mukesh, Sreeku­mar and Ziad (1 wicket each) re­stricted NSS to a rea­son­able score. In re­ply, TKM lost An­far early but a sec­ond wicket part­ner­ship of 31 runs be­tween Mukesh (18- man of the match) and Ziad took them to the verge of vic­tory. Even though both fell in quick suc­ces­sion, vic­tory was never in doubt and TKM won eas­ily by 7 wick­ets in the 9th over to earn the 2nd semi­fi­nal spot from Pool A.

In the sec­ond match, MACE had to win against AECK to stay in con­tention for a semi­fi­nal spot. Bat­ting first, MACE showed they were up to the task with opener Ge­orge in fine nick. Af­ter the quick exit of Delvin, Ge­orge (22) found an able part­ner in Jayesh (14) and the two took MACE to 45 by the 8th over with at­trac­tive stroke play. Their exit in quick suc­ces­sion slowed the in­nings but short cameos from Roy and Dileep took MACE to a fight­ing 67 for 9 wick­ets in their 12 overs. Shameer (4 wick­ets) and Shabeer (3) took a spate of wick­ets in the last 4 overs to re­strict MACE. In re­ply, Shameer (32 no - man of the match) and Nithin (13) put on 27 for the 1st wicket by the 51h over. Af­ter Nithin’s exit,

Ray­ees (18 no) ac­cel­er­ated the scor­ing with Shameer to put the re­sult be­yond any doubt and AECK won com­pre­hen­sively by 9 wick­ets with more than 3 overs to spare. Jayesh took the only wicket to fall for MACE.

In the last match of the league phase, KEA put the CET bowl­ing to the sword with ex­quis­ite stroke play by the open­ers Govind (58 no7x4, man of the match) and Tibish (41- 5x4) who put on 98 runs for the 1st wicket. Tibish was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive with his well timed drives on the off­side. Af­ter his exit, Ajin joined Govind and made a quick fire 26 no off 10 balls to help KEA to a mam­moth to­tal of 138 for 1 wicket of their 12 overs. Arun took the only wicket to fall fox­ing Tibish with a slower one. In re­ply, Skip­per Daniel (27) tried to break free with some ro­bust hits but could not pierce the well set field. 2 down Zakir gave good sup­port to Daniel adding 29 runs for the 3rd wicket but the other bats­men per­ished in their at­tempt to force the pace. In the end CET had to be sat­is­fied with a score of 50 for 8 wick­ets of their 12 overs leav­ing KEA over­whelm­ing win­ners by 88 runs. Sree­jith (2 wick­ets) and Reny, Ajin, Govind, Jo­hin (1 wicket each) com­pleted the for­mal­i­ties for KEA.

Mrs Sally Roy, GS, MACE, Arun David­son, GC (Eect) and Ra­jesh Pan­icker Pres­i­dent, TKMCE were the chief guests and gave away the tro­phies.

Ra­jesh Pan­icker, Pres­i­dent, TKMCE giv­ing away the man of the match tro­phy to Mukesh (TKM).

Arun David­son, GC (elect) giv­ing the man of the match award to Govind (KEA).

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