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Weather dashes Arlen hopes

Guwahati, Dec. 11: Seasoned off-spinner Arlen Konwar was left disappointed today when he missed the opportunity to achieve the milestone of 200 first class cricket wickets. The weather hardly permitted him to bowl in Assamís Ranji Trophy match against Himachal Pradesh that ended without a result at Nehru Stadium here today.

The 31-year-old, who is leading the spinnerís wicket haul tally with 24 scalps so far in the season, could bowl only 13 overs in the match, as the weather and wicket conditions hardly permitted skipper Dheeraj Jadhav to use spinners. The flat track did not help the pacers either, as only five Himachal Pradesh wickets tumbled in the 124 overs they faced, out of which Abu Nechim Ahmed bowled 40 overs, Arup Das delivered 39 overs and Pallav Das six overs.

Left-arm spinner Syed Mohammed bowled 26 overs, of which he scalped two wickets yesterday. Ahmed, who returned with match figures of two for 82, had yesterday claimed his 100th victim in first class cricket to be the seventh from the state to join the 100-wickets club. Earlier, Anup Ghatak, Gautam Dutta, Javed Zaman, Sukhwinder Singh, Anand Katti and Konwar had achieved the feat for Assam. Konwar, who had tallied 100 wickets off 35 matches on December 10, 2007, was playing his 63rd match needing two wickets to complete his 200.ďI am disappointed by the weather, which was not suitable for the wicket conditions. However, I hope it will be a different story in the next match,Ē Konwar told The Telegraph. Konwar returned with match figures of 13 overs, no maiden and 35 runs for no wickets. He had a lean season last year when he was called up by his employers Railways and was fielded in only two matches.