AECK and KEA teams en­ter fi­nal with em­phatic wins

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The semi­fi­nals of the 19th Prof Ra­machan­dran Me­mo­rial Cricket Tour­na­ment (RMC) con­ducted by Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing Tri­van­drum Alu­mini Association (CETAA) and spon­sored by GTE Olayan Co was held at the beau­ti­ful Boule­vard Cricket sta­dium at Salmiya on 16th Dec. KEA and AECK won con­vinc­ingly show­ing why they are re­garded as the top two teams of the com­pe­ti­tion and set up a re­peat of last year’s fi­nal.

In the first semi­fi­nal, KEA win­ning the toss put TEC into bat. The con­di­tions un­der lights at the new venue were un­pre­dictable and TEC were soon in trou­ble loos­ing skip­per Suresh and the ex­pe­ri­enced Dinto for “ducks,” both fall­ing LBW with just 3 on board. Brothers Ramesh and Girish dug in but were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to ad­just and keep the score­board mov­ing. At the end of 6 overs the score was only 18 amidst the anx­ious faces in the TEC dug out. Su­nil who joined Ramesh at the fall of Girish in the 9th over brought some cheer with con­fi­dent stroke play but was run out in the end overs melee. Ramesh (17) was the only one to reach dou­ble fig­ures and TEC man­aged to reach a fight­ing to­tal of 61 for the loss of 6 wick­ets in their 15 overs with the aid of 22 ex­tras. Nasif (2 for 6), Ar­jun and Syam with a wicket each helped KEA to keep TEC to man­age­able propo­si­tions. In re­ply, KEA was rocked early loos­ing Nithin for a duck. Ajin and Govind stead­ied the in­nings with­out tak­ing un­due risks. When Ajin was out for 13 in the 7th over, it was still any­body’s game. But there­after Govind (26 no Man of the Match) took charge and with good sup­port from Tibish took KEA to a con­vinc­ing 8 wicket vic­tory with more than 3 overs to spare. Govind was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive with his calm com­po­sure and his abil­ity to put away the loose balls. Dinto and San­deep took a wicket each but TEC’s in­abil­ity to get rid of Govind proved cru­cial. In the sec­ond semi­fi­nal against TKM, asked to bat first AECK kept a steady run rate even though they lost 3 wick­ets by the 4th over. Even though none of their pro­lific bats­men could play a sub­stan­tial in­nings, use­ful con­tri­bu­tions from Nithin (13), Ma­hesh (11), Nimish (10) aided by the lib­eral dose of ex­tras from TKM (24) en­abled AECK to reach a for­mi­da­ble 87 for the loss of 9 wick­ets in their 15 overs. For TKM, Sreeku­mar who re­moved both the open­ers was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive with his prodi­gious swing bowling. Aj­mal (2), Faizal, Javed, Shabeer (1 wicket) sup­ported Sreeku mar but ex­tras proved their un­do­ing.

Chas­ing a daunt­ing task, TKM opened with their star bats­man An­far who lead from the front in his usual ro­bust style in an at­tempt to keep up with the re­quired rate. And when AECK dropped him twice of mishit skiers, the match seemed des­tined for an ex­cit­ing fin­ish. But none of the other bats­men could give An­far (25) the re­quired sup­port and his fall in the 10 over clean bowled by Shameer (Man of the Match) ef­fec­tively ended the match as a con­test. Nimish (3), Shameer, Mu­naz (2 each) and Ri­naz (1 wicket) with­stood the on­slaught by An­far and AECK won by 24 runs in the 15th over.

Gya­nen­dra Singh, Sports Ex­ec­u­tive, Boule­vard and Arun David­son, GC des­ig­nate were the guests of hon­our while Mathew Philip, Ex-GC and Mo­hanachan­dran, Chair­man, RMC gave away the “Man of the Match” awards.

Mathew Philip, Ex GC, hand­ing the man of the match award to Govind (KEA).

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