Shillong, February 23, 2021: East Jaintia Hills completed a 104-run victory over All Jaintia Cricket Association in Nongpoh today, while North Garo Hills defeated South Garo Hills by an innings and 105 runs in Mendipathar in the Meghalaya Cricket Association’s Inter-District U-23 Men’s Cricket Tournament.
Resuming their second innings of the Zone 1 match on 35/2, EJH were all out for 144, which meant that AJCA needed 235 for victory on the second and final day. Passang Sherpa top-scored with 35 but the team were pegged back by the good bowling of Nehlang Pariat (3/18) and Daowam Passah (3/28).
Despite the best efforts of AJCA, however, there were too many runs to get and they were dismissed for 130, which was still an improvement on their first innings score of 74 made yesterday. Dathrangki Pariat contributed 35 runs to the cause, while Sherpa bagged 3/13 in EJH’s victory.
Meanwhile, in Zone 2, South Garo Hills resumed their second innings on 59/6, still needing 142 runs to make NGH bat again. However, the SGH boys could only add a further 37 to their overnight score and were dismissed for a total of 96. Gilseng Momin claimed a five-for, finishing with figures of 5/13, while Tengsuang G Momin took 3/17.
Guest-professional Bisht hit 116 off 80 deliveries as Meghalaya made 319/7 in their 50 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
Fellow guest-professional Sanjay Yadav had another good innings, hitting his second consecutive half-century, and once again at a quickfire pace. He finished not out on 73 made from just 42 balls. He slammed three fours and six sixes, while Bisht battered nine fours and six sixes. Yogesh Tiwari, meanwhile, hit 58 after he came in following the loss of two early wickets.
The chase saw Sikkim restricted to 231/9. Dippu Sangma, who was costly in the defeat to Uttarakhand two days ago, responded brilliantly today. Sangma opened the bowling and took a wicket in the very first over and ended with 2/33 in 10 overs. His were the best and most economical figures in the match.
There were two batsmen who posed a danger to Meghalaya – Ashish Thapa (79) and Robin Bist (59). The latter was run out by Akash Kumar Choudhary before the Meghalaya youngster had the other caught off his bowling. Choudhary claimed 1/48 with the ball. Abhay Negi, meanwhile, took 2/46, Ravi Teja 1/21 and Yadav 1/43.