Gangtok, 04 Dec:
Playing only its second match of Senior Women’s One Day League 2018-19 in the Plate Division, Sikkim produced a striker from the state, Tshering Ongmu Lepcha, who has become the first local girl to score a half century for the State in the League.
Tshering scored 60 runs against Arunachal Pradesh and became the highest scorer for Sikkim in the match followed by Tabita Subba who was 34 not out.
In the Plate Division, Sikkim will be competing against Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, and Uttarakhand. Sikkim is participating the Indian Domestic League after six years and will be playing eight league matches in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack.
The team is made up of 12 local players and 3 guest players who have been playing professional cricket from their respective States and also have represented India in the past.
Tshering hails from Gyalshing, West Sikkim, and has been playing for Sikkim Women’s Cricket team since 2008 under different age categories and is the best wicket-keeper batsmen of the State, a press communiqué from Sikkim Cricket Association informs.
She has always been a consistent run scorer for Sikkim. Her highest run in 2-day matches is 98, scored against Odisha in 2010 playing in the senior category and 72 runs in One-Days.
Back in January 2013, when Sikkim reached the finals of the Senior Women’s Northeast One Day Tournament against Chhattisgarh, Ongmu scored 60 runs and was also the highest run-maker of the tournament.
“Playing cricket has always been my passion and I love this game. We are thankful to the state cricket association and BCCI that Cricket has returned to the state after almost 6 years and we are back on the field. I am grateful to God for putting me in the position where I am today. It is an honor to represent the State in the National Level Tournament and that too in Cricket where the competition is too much. I am happy for my half-century but this is not enough and I need to work hard for the best result of the team. Lastly, I would like to thank Som Tshering Lepcha sir, who has been coaching us all these years and helped us keep in touch with Cricket and our current coach Purnima Rau madam for believing in me,” says Tshering.
So far, Sikkim has played two matches - against Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh - and gave a tough fight to the opponents. In the first match, Archana Das (Member of T20 World Cup Squad 2012) scored 87 not-out, scoring the highest runs for Sikkim, Priyanka Acharya and Purni Maya Gurung taking 3 wickets and 1 wicket respectively, SCA informs.