Itkhola Sporting and Udharbond Table Tennis Club managed to reach the semi-finals of Parul Rani Sharma Smriti Second Division Cricket Tournament organised by Silchar DSA. In the first quarter-final of the competition on Thursday, Itkhola defeated Spirit Union by 4 runs in a thrilling match.
Spirit Union decided to field first after winning the toss at SM Dev Stadium. Itkhola scored 169 runs for 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Amit Rabidas top-scored for the team with 48 runs. Besides, Krishna Singh scored 28 and Amanat Ahmed scored 21 runs. 24 runs came from extras.
Opponent Ashwini Sahani took 3 wickets and Rinku Yadav took 2 wickets.
In reply, Spirit Union got stuck at 165 for 5 wickets. Veteran cricketer Niharendu Deb scored a half-century reaching 60. Tapas Suklabaidya also played an important innings of 34 runs. However, at the end of the day, both the wonderful performances didn’t work out as they lost the match. Besides, Dulan Suklabaidya contributed 20 runs and Shivashish Duttagupta contributed 19 runs. Krishna Singh took 3 wickets.
TT Club picked up an easy victory in the second quarter-final of the competition. They defeated Ganasur Club by 7 wickets. Ganasur won the toss and elected to bat first. They made 138 runs for 5 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. In the first eight overs, they did not score as expected which became a major obstacle on their way to a big score.
Pradeep Dev of their team scored the highest with 31 runs. Besides, Bishal Paul scored 26, Bipul Laskar 22 and Rahul Vaidya 12 runs. 26 runs came from extras.
Debjyoti Deb took two wickets. He was in a hat-trick situation after taking two wickets consecutively. Of course, the credit for his wicket should also be given to Pritam Das as he took two big catches in the deep square leg.
In reply, TT Club reached the target after losing three wickets in 17.2 overs. Pritam Das scored an unbeaten 44 off 39 balls to win the match. Besides, two openers Kaushik Dutta and Sanjay Singh played a good innings of 22 and 33 runs respectively. Debjyoti Deb contributed 25 to the runs tally. Bishal Paul took two wickets.
Itkhola Sporting and TT Club will meet in the first semi-final of the tournament next Saturday.