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Navarang edge past Navajyoti, reach finals

Guwahati, Dec. 17: Navarang Club booked a final berth in the Ratanlal Singhania and Mohini Devi Singhania Trophy Ankurjyoti Challenge Cricket Tournament, defeating Navajyoti Club by three wickets in the first semi-final at Judges Field here today.

Navajyoti elected to bat and were all out for 147 in 31 overs. In reply, Navarang made 151 for seven in 34.2 overs.

Utpal Medhi top-scored for Navarang with a breezy 41 (4x5) and Anoj Malo contributed 33 (4x4). A 21-run knock came from the bat of Raj Hussain while Jnan Boro remained unbeaten at 20 (4x3).

Abhinav Konwar of Navajyoti notched three wickets for 32 runs, while Parvez Aziz and Bikash Chetri picked up one each.

Earlier, Hrishikesh Tamuly top-scored for Navajyoti with a steady 37 (4x5), while former Ranji player Parag Das scored a quick-fire 34 (4x6, 6x1) and Parvez Aziz chipped in with 26 (4x2, 6x1).

Neeraj Towari was the Navarang demolition man, hauling four for 25 in tandem with Roshan Basfore, who claimed three for 20. Sekharjyoti Barman also picked up one for 12.

Bud Cricket Club will clash with City Cricket Club in the second semi-final tomorrow.