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Ranchi lose U-16 willow war

Jamshedpur won the Under-16 (elite) tournament by handing out a three-wicket defeat to Ranchi at Birsa Munda Cricket Stadium in Chaibasa on Wednesday evening.

Electing to bat first, Ranchi scored 218 for 8 in the stipulated 40 overs. The capital team crossed the 200 mark owing to confident batting by Aakash Dev Roshan, Kanishk Raj Kaushik and Navnit Jha.

While Aakash hammered an unbeaten 73, studded with nine fours and two sixes, Kanishk scored 51 runs. Navnit played a cameo with a confident 32. Among Jamshedpur bowlers, Hemant Kumar and Chandan Mukhi claimed two wickets each, while Junaid Asraf, Ashish Kumar and Rajnish Shukla dismissed one batsman each.

The steel city team achieved the target with four balls to spare. Skipper Roshan Barla scored 56 with the help of four boundaries and two sixes, while opener Sanjay Kumar Singh struck 53 with five fours and two over boundaries. Hemant contributed a decent 38.

Ranchi bowlers Shubham Kumar and Navnit took two wickets each whereas Ishan Thakur, Asif Haq and Iftekhar Adil claimed one each.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association assistant secretary Aseem Kumar Singh handed over trophies to both the outfits. While the Jamshedpur team walked home with a cash prize of Rs 5,000, their Ranchi counterparts received Rs 3,000.

Roshan Barla was adjudged Man of the Match for his superb performance during the outing.

The youngster received two passes for the IPL clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ranchi on May 18.


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