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Thatscricket - News - NZ in a comfortable position against Bengal in Buchi Babu tourney

Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Chennai: New Zealand was 231 for three in 87 overs at close against Bengal on the first day of its three day final of the MRF All-India cricket tournament for theBuchi Babu Memorial Trophy on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Put in to bat after a delayed start due to dampness on the wicket following overnight rains, New Zealand opener Mark Richardson and Mathew Bell gave a good start, putting on 80 runs for the first wicket before bell was adjudged leg before to Sourashish Lahiri. He made 22.The visitors lost another wicket in the 48th over when veteran Utpal Chatterjee took an excellent catch at gully to dismiss Mathew Horne (15) off medium pacer Lakshmi Rattan Shukla. Richardson, who was going strong, also fell after reaching his third century in the tournament, caught behind by Ritesh Jaiswal off Shukla. Richardson faced 252 balls and had hit 17 fours in his individual 112.At close, Lou Vincent (54) and Hamish Marshall (11) were at the crease. The match commenced 75 minutes behind schedule and it was extended by 30 minutes in the evening before close. L R Shukla had figures of 2 for 50, while Lahiri claimed one wicket for 68 runs. Utpal Chatterjee, who bowled 21 overs on the trot, went wicket less and conceded 34 runs. PTI

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