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Navajyoti seal place in final

Guwahati, March 19: Navajyoti Club sealed their place in the final by virtue of a tie-break rule against Ankurjyoti Club in the first semi-final of the Maharana Centenary Suren Ram Phookan Cricket Tournament at Judges Field here today.

The match had to be abandoned because of heavy downpour, which resulted in Navajyoti Club clinching an eight-run victory on the basis of better aggregate as per the tie-break rule of 15 overs.

Put to bat, Navajyoti batsmen put up a competitive 188 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated 35 overs.

Abhinab Konwar scored 32 runs off 35 balls, which featured four hits to the fence while Subham Mandal chipped in with 32 runs. Bitop Mahanta and Abhijit Singha Roy contributed 28 and 27 runs respectively. Abdul Saher Islam and Rio Pramanik scalped two wickets each for Ankurjyoti Club.

In reply, Ankurjyoti batsmen were struggling at 85 for seven when the match had to be called off in 21 overs. Raju Kalita remained unbeaten on 18 runs off nine balls while Parthajit Baishya scored 22 runs off 32 deliveries. Nipon Deka was the pick of Navajyoti bowlers with four wickets in his kitty for eight runs in four overs while Abhijit Singha Roy scalped two wickets for four runs in two overs.

Earlier in the quarter-finals, Navajyoti Club registered a five-run victory over City Cricket Club on the basis of the tie-break rule.

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