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Guwahati enter final

- Nagaon edge past Dibrugarh to set up title clash

Guwahati, April 2: Hosts Guwahati thrashed Charaideo by an innings and 78 runs in their elite group semi-final round match of the Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy Senior Inter-district Cricket Tournament at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium here today.

With seven points, including a bonus point from this match, Guwahati tallied 15 points to qualify for the final.

Resuming at the overnight 343 for eight wickets, Guwahati went on to pile up 380 runs in reply to Charaideoís first innings total of 183 runs. Sunzow Brahma, who was batting on 181 yesterday, could not make it a double ton as he fell for 191 runs, which included 16 hits to the fence and six over the ropes. Overnight batsman Kon Urang remained not out on 35.

Mujibur Ali and Sanjib Dutta picked up four wickets each for Charaideo while Md Shahid Ahmed scalped two for 79 runs.

Coming in to bat in their second innings, Charaideo batsmen could not stay in the middle for long as the side managed only 121 runs for nine wickets in 42.2 overs. Imdadul Saikia couldnít bat because of an injury.

Mujibur Ali scored 47 runs while Manashjyoti Gogoi chipped in with 30 runs. Harmeet Singh (24) and Abhinash Terang (13) were the only other batsmen to reach the double-figure mark.

Abir Chakraborty was the wrecker-in-chief with six wickets for 35 runs while Yadavendra Singh scalped two for 11.

In the other semi-final at Nehru Stadium, Nagaon edged past Dibrugarh by one wicket to secure their berth in the final to be played from Friday. Nagaon have tallied 12 points.

Chasing a competitive total of 273 runs, Nagaon batsmen got past the target losing nine wickets in 71.4 overs. All-rounder Dhiraj Goswami steered the ship home with a fine unbeaten knock of 71 runs, hitting eight boundaries and four sixes while Hokaito Zhimomi scored 70 runs. Raj Borah (50) was another notable contributor for Nagaon.

Left-arm spinner Deepak Gohain scalped four wickets conceding 120 runs while Rituparna Phatowali picked three for 41.

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