AECK de­serv­ing cham­pi­ons in 19th edi­tion of RMC

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

The fi­nal 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 in Salmiya on Dec 23. AECK de­serv­ingly be­came cham­pi­ons against a be­low par KEA by 23 runs in a day-night match watched by a large crowd of cricket en­thu­si­asts and team sup­port­ers.

AECK started on the right note by win­ning the toss and bat­ting first. But it was not all plain sail­ing as AECK lost star bats­man Ma­hesh in the 2nd over for 6. Soon the other opener Nimish too fell in the 4th over lbw to the dan­ger­ous Nasif with the score read­ing just 15. And when in-form Shameer fell in the next over, KEA had the ini­tial ad­van­tage. The run rate too was only just above 4 at the end of the 5th over. And when Nithin fell for a duck in the 6th over bowled by Syam, the KEA sup­port­ers were “cock-a-hoop”. But this brought in the classy Rafi to join ex­pe­ri­enced Re­mon and AECK had the most pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship (28 runs) of the in­nings for the 5th wicket. Rafi (15) was in his elements driv­ing flu­ently on both sides of the wicket. They were also aided by a plethora of wides and byes and KEA steadily lost the ini­tial ad­van­tage.

An­other cru­cial part­ner­ship of 16 runs for the 8th wicket be­tween Shabeer and Vi­neesh took AECK to a chal­leng­ing score of 77 runs which didn’t seem pos­si­ble at the half way stage. The plucky dis­play of the AECK bats­man and the un­tidi­ness of KEA in the field were a telling fac­tor. For KEA Nasif was once again the star per­former with 4 wick­ets while Ar­jun took 3 wick­ets. Sibin, Ajin and Syam chipped in with a wicket each to get AECK all out in less than their al­lot­ted overs.

In re­ply, KEA started dis­as­trously los­ing their pro­lific scor­ing Govind run out for 0 off the very 1st ball. And when Ajin was bowled by Re­mon in the sec­ond over, it was dan­ger time for KEA. Their main re­main­ing hopes Nithin and Renju tried to re­pair the dam­age but the ac­cu­racy and qual­ity of the AECK at­tack pinned them down. In the 5th over Renju skied a catch while try­ing to hit his way out of trou­ble with the score read­ing a mere 16. And when the ac­cu­rate Nimish got Nithin LBW in the 7th over, the writ­ing was on the wall for KEA. Nasif (11) was the only one to reach dou­ble fig­ures but his hefty blows were few and far be­tween. With the ask­ing rate mount­ing, the lower or­der could not cope up with the fine all round at­tack of AECK and KEA were all out for 55 in the last over leav­ing AECK de­serv­ing win­ners by 23 runs. For AECK, Nimish (3 for 7) and Shameer (2 for 11) were pre­dictably the star per­form­ers ably sup­ported by Re­mon, Mu­naz and Ri­naz with a wicket each. The ab­sence of any pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship by the top or­der while chas­ing a stiff tar­get hurt KEA and in the fi­nal anal­y­sis proved cru­cial.

Rafi (AECK) was named man of the match for his classy in­nings. Spe­cial prizes for the tour­na­ment were also awarded to Nimish (AECK - best player), Nasif (KEA - best bowler) and Govind (KEA best bats­man). The chief guests Ta­pan Ramesh (GTE), Vipul Pa­tel (Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing), Daniel Ge­orge (GBM) and Shyam Mo­han (Al Noun Est) gave away the prizes while the or­ga­niz­ers dis­trib­uted Christ­mas cake for one and all.

Cham­pi­ons AECK cel­e­brat­ing with Chief Guest Ta­pan Ramesh (GTE). KUWAIT:

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