Guwahati, March 18: Navajyoti Club ensured their semi-finals berth by virtue of the tie-break rule against City Cricket Club in the last quarter final of the Maharana Centenary Suren Ram Phookan Cricket Tournament at Judges Field here today.
The match failed to yield any result after the scores were level at the end of play. Navajyoti Club inched closer to their title dream with a five run victory on the basis of a better aggregate as per the tie-break rule of 15 overs.
Earlier, Navajyoti batsmen put up a total of total of 166 runs before being bundled out in 34.1 overs. Hrishikesh Tamuli scored 41 runs off 60 balls with two boundaries while Abhijit Singha Roy chipped in with 40 runs off 41 deliveries, which included three hits to the fence and one over the rope.
Sunzow Brahma was the other notable contributor with 18 runs. Bhaskar Bora was the pick of the City bowlers with four wickets in his kitty for 28 runs in 6.1 overs while Ripunjoy Phukan and Sadiq Imran Choudhury bagged two wickets each.
In reply, City Cricket batsmen, too, managed 166 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their stipulated 35 overs. Sunil Ranjan Gogoi scored 39 runs off 73 balls with one boundary while Romario Sharma chipped in with 33 runs off 47 deliveries, which included three hits to the fence. Sohail Rahman contributed an unbeaten 32 runs. Bitop Mahanta and Parviz Aziz scalped three wickets each while Chanakya Sarma picked up one wicket for his side.
Ankurjyoti Club will face Navajyoti Club in the first semi-final tomorrow.