It is KIOC all the way in Coco Cola Cup

Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) Coco Cola dominated the All India Coco Cola Cup as they won the Seniors, Under-17, and Under-15 titles.

At the NAL ground KIOC Seniors made mincemeat of the bowling of KN Colts, New Delhi, when they scored a massive 277 for the loss nine wickets in the allotted 30 overs. Then they restricted the Colts to 187 in 30 overs to clinch the trophy in a tournament they dominated right from the start. It was Chethan William (80) and Arjun Muntha (83), who made the huge total possible for KIOC.

The final in the Under-17 category was a repeat of the Seniors' final clash. KIOC made 203 in 30 overs with the help of a solid 73 by opener Salman Irphan and a quick fire 46 from 18 balls by Himmath Singh Shekhawat. KN Colts were all out for 160 in 27.5 overs chasing the 200 plus total.

In the Under-15 category, it was the turn of NIIT Hyderabad to taste defeat at the hands of KIOC. But they fought tooth and nail to defend a modest total of 172 for five from the allotted 30 overs. With Sindhu getting run out at 37 and Darshan getting out in the first ball he faced to an edge that flew to the keeper, KIOC struggled. Nishanth Singh steadied the innings for KIOC. But his being run out at 68 triggered a batting collapse as KIOC lost five wickets in a row. But they scraped through to victory and the champions title with just three balls and two wickets left.

KIOC tasted their only defeat in the Under-13 category. In the final against School of Cricket, Kolkata, they lost their star batsmen Manik Nath and Nishanth Shekhawat cheaply. They never recovered from the blow and for the first time in the tournament was all out before the allotted quota of overs. They made only 109. It was Varun Modi (four for 14) and Promit Ghosh (two for six) who destroyed the mighty batting line-up of KIOC.

But KIOC bowlers did not gave up easily and took the match to the 29th over, taking seven wickets in the process. School of Cricket reached their target in 28.3 overs with three wickets intact.

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