Gangtok, 16 Feb:
Sikkim ended its Women’s U23 One Day Trophy campaign on Saturday with a victory against Arunachal Pradesh and on third position behind Chandigarh and Nagaland on the points table.
The tournament, hosted by Sikkim Cricket Association [SiCA] at KIIT Cricket Stadium, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, saw Sikkim play nine matches in the league round, securing five victories, two losses and two draws.
Sikkim beat Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland, drew against Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir, and lost to Puducherry and Chandigarh.
The tournament had 10 teams and saw matches being played in three venues in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack and a total of 45 matches in the league round.
On Saturday, Arunachal Pradesh won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 142 runs in 50 overs losing 7 wickets. Megha Sharma top-scored for Arunachal with 72 runs.
Sikkim took wickets at regular intervals with Mariam Subba taking 3 wickets, Aruna Barman 2, and Pranita Chettri and Rinki Rajak taking a wicket each.
Sikkim achieved the target in 34 overs with Nandika Kumari of Pakyong and Rinki Rajak putting up an opening partnership of 101 runs of which Nandika scored 30.
Rinki Rajak went on to score 84 and remained not-out.
Sikkim earned 4 Points from the win and ended the season with a total of 24 Points and in the third position in the league table behind of Chandigarh and Nagaland.
Rinki Rajak emerged the top-scorer of the season with 568 runs collected on the backs of 10 sixes and 68 fours, including one century and 4 half-centuries.
Aruna Barman is at number 6 on the wickets table with 18 wickets.
Pranita Chettri of Gangtok and one of the youngest cricketers in the team is among the most economical bowler in the tournament, a SiCA press release informs.
SiCA adds that this was one of the finest tournaments played by the women’s team. The team is coached by Amosh Rai.