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Navarang, City win

- Navajyoti Club & Maharana defeated in semi-finals

Guwahati, Jan. 28: City Cricket Club will clash with hosts Navarang Club in the final of the 2nd Nilimoy Choudhury T20 Cricket Tournament at Judges Field here tomorrow.

In the semi-finals today, City prevailed over Navajyoti Club by eight wickets while Navarang defeated Maharana Athletic Club by 69 runs.

Put in to bat first in the first semi-final, Navajyoti Club posted 156 for six and City reached 157 for two in 17.5 overs.

Former Ranji player Parag Das topscored for Navajyoti with a strokeful 66, laced with six hits to the ropes and four towering sixes off 53 balls.

Arminder Singh Oberoi (20, 6x2) and Abhinab Konwar (15, 4x1) were the other notable scorers for the side.

Chandradeep Das of City scalped two wickets for 20 runs while Bhaskar Borah and Romario Sharma picked up one each.

Romario Sharma also topscored for City with an unbeaten knock of 46 (4x3, 6x3) while Sunil Ranjan Gogoi and Amzad Ali contributed 42 (4x5) and 39 (4x5, 6x1) respectively. Parag Das and Bhaskar Jyoti Barman picked a wicket each.

In the second semi-final, Navarang elected to bat first and scored 160 for six. Maharana were all out for 91 in 18.1 overs.

Neeraj Tiwari not only topscored for Navarang with 62 (4x9) but also scalped three wickets for 13 runs to fashion the victory for his side. Gyan Boro and Utpal Medhi also scored 23 (4x4) and 20 (4x3) for Navarang.

Azahar Ali of Maharana captured two wickets for 26 runs as teammates Binay Raut and Utpal Gayari took one each.

For Maharana, Sahnawaz Ahmed (21, 4x3), Utpal Gayari (20, 4x3) and Abhijit Rabha (10, 4x1) were the only notable scorers.

Apart from Tiwari, Roshan Basfore of Navarang accounted for two wickets for 20 and Railways’ Ranji player Ranjit Mali claimed one for 12.

Selection trial: The Guwahati Sports Association will hold a selection trial at Nehru Stadium here from 7am on February 2 to select the Guwahati district under-15 team to participate in the Amarjit Sarmah inter-district cricket tournament. Interested players can report on February 2.

Kung-fu medal: City player Bikram Jyoti Barua won a silver for India in the 2nd World Top Kung-fu Championship at Hong Kong on Sunday. A trainee of Chinese Shaolin Kung-Fu and Tai Chi Academy here, Barua won the medal in the 75-80kg light contact/full contact event.


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