Silchar, March 18: A fine spell of quick bowling by Bishal Rudra Paul saw Shyama Charan Dev Vidyapith win the 13th Baidyanath Trophy Inter-school (under-15) cricket tourney at Satindra Mohan Dev Stadium here on Monday.
The Vidyapith snatched a nail-biting three-run win over Government Boys’ HS School with just three balls to spare.
Government Boys HS School won the toss and sent S.C Dev Vidyapith to bat. After an initial hiccup, Bishal R. Paul and Prakash Sinha consolidated a 52-run stand for the fourth wicket. Bishal made 35 runs off 56 balls, hitting four boundaries, setting a 117-run target for the boys’ school.
Medium pacer of Government HS School Sabir Ahmed Mir continued his good run with the ball, picking up three wickets, though Debabrata Gosh, with his four for 20 statistics, was the best among the bowlers.
The run chase for the Government Boys was just about Jahir Hussain’s 26 and 29 runs from Raja Das. Once these two were out, the team looked totally out of sorts. The team was bundled out for 114 runs with 24 extras in 29.3 overs, falling just three runs short of the target.
The winners went home richer by Rs 10,000 and the runners-up received Rs 7,000 as cash awards along with their respective trophies.
Ramanuj Vidya Mandir received the Fair Play award with a cash prize of Rs 5,000 for being the most disciplined team. The Best Sports Teacher award went to Satyajit Das of S.C Dev Vidyapith. Arijit Dey from Ramanuj Vidya Mandir won the award for most runs in the tournament. He had scored 97.
Assam sports minister Ajit Singh, who was the chief guest in the post-match presentation, said such tournaments brought out the best in budding players, but was quick to comment that more spectators must come to encourage the players.
The tournament was organised by Silchar District Sports Association. From the sponsors, chairman of Sankha Group of publications B.K. Nath, the two directors Gaurav Nath and Shilpi Nath, executive director Nilotpal Choudhury, were among the others, who gave away the prizes.
Silchar District Sports Association president Badal Dey chaired the presentation ceremony and secretary Babul Hore was its host.