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Tinsukia claim top title

Guwahati, May 18: Tinsukia annexed the championís title of the 2nd Umananda Bora Under-13 Inter-District Cricket Tournament defeating Sivasagar by 79 runs in the final at Barsapara Cricket Stadium here today.

Electing to bat, Tinsukia batsmen put up 145 runs for the loss of six wickets in the stipulated 40 overs.

Despite struggling at 47 runs for the loss of four wickets in 23.2 overs, Tinsukiaís Animesh Baruah and Abhishek Bhuyan steered the ship to safety, putting up an 88-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Baruah rose to the occasion with an unbeaten 72 runs off 93 balls, which featured eight hits to the fence and one over the ropes, while Abhishek Bhuyan chipped in with 33 runs off 47 deliveries, including three boundaries.

Nabin Kumar was the other batsman to reach double figures, scoring 10 runs off 69 balls.

Biki Singh picked up three wickets for 18 runs in his allotted eight overs, while Krishi Agarwal scalped two wickets, conceding 21 runs in four overs. Farhad Quavid took one wicket, giving away 38 runs.

In reply, Sivasagar batsmen failed to gain momentum as they went on to be all out for 66 runs in 34.1 overs.

Singh, with 11 runs off 10 balls, was the lone batsman to reach double figures.

Rohit Agarwala was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets for 21 runs in 6.1 overs, while Riyazuddin Ali scalped three wickets, giving away seven runs in his allotted overs. Animesh Baruah walked away with the Man of the Match honours for his splendid show with the bat, while Nihar Deka of Nalbari was named Man of the Series. Biki Singh of Sivasagar was adjudged Best Bowler, while Gaurav Thakuria of Goalpara was awarded for scoring the lone century in the tournament.

Appreciating the young team for the victory, the Tinsukia District Sports Association general secretary, Achyut Borthakur, told The Telegraph over phone that it was an encouraging sign on the part of the youngsters from his district.

ďWe are laying special emphasis on junior cricket in our district and this is definitely going to be a major boost to our efforts. This will help groom some youngsters for the future,Ē he said.