Thatscricket - Wish your star
Published: Friday, November 9, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Bangalore: The recently concluded Rani Jhansi inter-zonal tournament for women held at Pune could be termed as a success in more ways than one.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Firstly, the standard exhibited by the women cricketers especially on the batting front, came in for high praise from all quarters with none other than Chandu Borde (chairman BCCI Selection Committee) tendering a note of appreciation.The institutions (Indian Railways and Air India) were given a close run by South and North Zone teams, totals of 200 plus were posted on a number of occasions and 200 plus totals were successfully chased on a couple of occasions, all of which augurs well for the future of women's cricket.Gulshan of North set a new record when she registered back-to-back centuries while Jaya Sharma, also of North, recorded her maiden century. Other outstanding performers with the bat were Anjum Chopra and Anju Jain of Air India and Mamatha Maben of South Zone.Although this being a batsmans tournament Julan Goswami of Air India impressed one and all with her pacey seam bowling. She troubled most openers and picked crucial wickets, which enabled her team to top the table.Julen was rewarded for her efforts with the best bowlers award.The highs of the tournament were the clashes between champions Air India vs Indian Railways (title clash) and South Zone vs North Zone. The title clash witnessed a nail biting finish with Air India requiring six runs of the last over with one wicket in hand which Air India achieved, thus retaining the championship.The second clash of consequence was the clash between North and South (who were vying for the third and fourth slots), which produced a high quality finish. North set an imposing 245 for victory which was achieved with relative ease with South cantering home with four wickets and nine balls to spare. Cricketing aspects apart, the tournament was well organised by hosts Air India. The stay, food and other arrangements were of very high standards and most players were in unison in their appreciation of the good conduct of the tournament.Placings: 1) Air India 2) Indian Railways 3) South Zone 4) North Zone 5) East Zone 6) Central Zone 7) West Zone.Awards: Best batsman Gulshan, Best bowler Julen Goswami, Best fielder Sonia, Player of the tournament Mamatha Maben.
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