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Guwahati put railmen off track

Guwahati, March 17: Former champions Guwahati today eased into the semifinals of the Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy Senior Inter-District Cricket tournament by virtue of their first innings lead against hosts NF Railway on the second day of the two-day quarterfinal encounter at the Railway Stadium in Maligaon.

Resuming at the overnight score of 302 for nine, Guwahati lost their last wicket off the second delivery of the final day today without adding any run to their tally.

Chasing 303, the railmen were all out for 177 in 56 overs in their first innings. Opener Chandan Rawat and Utpal Medhi scored 42 runs each. Rawat slammed eight boundaries while Medhi hammered five fours. Paceman Chanakya Sarma was the most successful bowler for Guwahati, notching up three wickets for 28 runs while spinners Bhaskar Jyoti Barman and Sadek Imran Chowdhury took two wickets each for 42 and nine runs.

At the draw of stumps, Guwahati were 70 for no loss in 30 overs in their second innings. Openers Rishav Das and Abhijit Singha Roy remained unbeaten on 33 (4x4) and 34 (5x4) at the end of play.

Yesterday, a solid 120-run third wicket partnership between all-rounder Gokul Sharma (94) and Shiv Shankar Roy (45) helped Guwahati pile up the challenging first innings total of 302 runs against the hosts.Wicketkeeper-batsman Mriganka Jyoti Sarma contributed 58.

Seasoned Ranji offie Arlen Konwar took three wickets for NF Railway while Jyoti Medhi and R.K. Yadav took two wickets each.

In the other quarterfinal, Tinsukia edged past hosts Dibrugarh by virtue of their first innings lead to enter the meet semifinals, reports our correspondent from Dibrugarh.

Resuming at the overnight score of two for no loss, Tinsukia piled up 278 for eight at the end of the day’s play. Dibrugarh had scored 224 in their first innings yesterday.

Dwipen Mahanta topscored for Tinsukia with 64. Samarjit Nath and Bijan Dutta remained unbeaten on 37 and 24. Prasanta Sonowal of Dibrugarh notched three wickets while Saurav Bhagawati took two.

Guwahati will play hosts Nagaon while Tinsukia face Silchar in the two semifinals from March 24 to 26.

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