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Maharana in final

Barooah cricket

Guwahati, Jan. 17: Maharana Athletic Club edged past City Cricket Club by a narrow margin of two runs to make it to the final of the Ramesh Barooah Trophy Invitation Cricket Tournament at Judges Field here today.

In the first semi-final match, City Cricket batsmen fell short by two runs despite a fine middle order fightback. The Maharana boys put up a competitive total of 206 runs before being bundled out in 38.1 overs.

Opener Rahul Kumar topscored with a run-a-ball 56 while Amit Sinha scored 50 runs off 67 deliveries. The other opener, Pritam Debnath, was another notable contributor with a run-a-ball 29.

Abdullah Majid and Dhiraj Singh shared three wickets each while Romario Sharma picked up two wickets conceding 38 runs in eight overs.

Despite facing early blows, the City batsmen rode on the middle order contributions to score a total of 204 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated overs.

Middle-order batsman Iqbal Ansari topscored with 64 runs off 50 deliveries while Sohail Rehman chipped in with 27 runs off 23 balls. Santa Kishore Das scored 15 runs off 16 deliveries.

Amit Sinha picked up three wickets giving away 25 runs in seven overs while Niraj Tiwary scalped two wickets conceding 41 runs in eight overs. Bikram Chetry took a wicket for 36 runs in seven overs. Navarang Club will face hosts Gauhati Town Club in the second semi-final tomorrow.