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Nagaon make it to final

Guwahati, March 23: A patient century by Nagaland recruit Hokaito Zhimomi helped Nagaon book a place in the final of the Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy senior inter-district elite group cricket tournament, defeating Charaideo by virtue of a first-innings lead in their three-day semi-final at Barsapara Cricket Stadium here today.

Zhimomi’s splendid innings of 112 runs off 195 deliveries helped Nagaon post a first-innings total of 362 runs in reply to Charaideo’s first-innings score of 287 all out in 118 overs yesterday.

Resuming at an overnight 223 for three wickets, Nagaon were all out for 362 in 109.1 overs this afternoon.

Overnight batsman Zhimomi went on to convert his 72 runs into a ton while Amit Sinha, who was at the crease on 49 runs yesterday, went on to score 71 runs off 67 balls. None of the lower middle order batsmen managed to convert their starts into a big innings.

Pacer Mujibur Ali was the pick of the Charaideo bowlers with a haul of four wickets for 116 runs off 37.1 overs while Ripunjoy Phukan scalped three wickets conceding 112 runs off 34 overs.

Sanjib Dutta picked up two wickets for 67 runs bowling 20 overs.

Coming in to bat in their second innings, Charaideo managed to score 53 runs for three wickets till the stumps were drawn without any of the mandatory overs bowled for the last day’s play.

Sanjib Dutta scored 21 runs while Harmeet Singh remained not out on 11 runs. Dhiraj Goswami, Ashok Saini and Yasinul Haque picked up one wicket each. In the other semi-final, hosts Guwahati were in a commanding position, piling up 323 runs for three wickets against Dibrugarh till the end of the first day’s play at Nehru Stadium here today. Electing to bat, Guwahati got off to a flying start with both the openers Rahul Hazarika and Biplab Saikia returning to the dressing room with their respective centuries.

Southpaw Rahul Hazarika topscored with 135 runs off 143 balls while Biplab Saikia scored a steady 111 off 253 deliveries which featured 14 boundaries.

Hrishikesh Tamuli was the other wicket to fall for 33 runs off 60 balls. Sunzow Brahma was at the crease on 10 runs while Abhijit Singha Roy was batting on eight runs when the stumps were drawn for the first day’s play. Amit Boro picked up two wickets conceding 41 runs off 16 overs and Rituparna Phatowali scalped one conceding 60 runs off 14 overs.


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