It~~s two in a row for North Zone

Published: Monday, June 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Vishakapatnam:North Zone beat Central Zone by 66 runs in the Chandra Tripathy Inter-Zonal Junior Women's cricket tournament being played at Vishakapatnam. With this victory that is their second in as many outings, North Zone are now a strong contender for the championship along with favourites South Zone.

Put into bat at the Municipal Corporation Stadium, North did well to score 144 for 8 in 37 overs in the stipulated time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Dipti 27, Lalitha 27 not out and Anju 22 were the main run getters for North.

With their strike bowler, left-arm spinner, Preethi Dimri struggling to come to terms with a strong cross wind, it was left to medium pacer Itti Chaturvedi to carry the burden of bowling. Itti bowled extremely well but several sitters were floored and she ended with an impressive 2 for 22 from her eight overs.

When Central came out to bat after lunch, skipper Aparajita Bansal was clean bowled off the third ball of the innings and the Central Zone never recovered from this blow. Aparajita's gamble of inviting North to take first strike backfired and Central Zone were left to rue their poor decision as the team was shot out for a paltry 78 runs off 26.5 overs.

For North Zone Manjit Kaur with 2 for 8 from 8 overs and Dipti with 2 for 16 were the main wicket-takers. Dipti was declared the Eve of the Match.

Brief Scores:

North Zone 144 for 8 from 37 overs (Dipti 27, Lalitha 27 not out, Anju 22, Itti Chaturvedi 2 for 22) beat Central Zone 78 all out in 26.5 overs (Sukhda 14,Manjit 2 for 8, Dipti 2 for 16) by 66 runs.

The second match of the day played at the Railways Sports Club Stadium saw a major upset when East Zone who had lost their two earlier games to Central and North defeated strong contenders West by 29 runs.

Opting to bat first, Kathakali and Arpita gave East a sound start putting on 61 runs for the first wicket. Though the others failed to consolidate, East managed to reach a respectable 128 all out in 38.5 overs. This was a pretty good score considering the heavy and lush green outfield where it was very difficult to get boundaries.

An over confident West perhaps did not take this thick outfield into consideration. They were frustrated at not being able to score at a fast pace. In trying to hit the ball just too hard, West lost wickets at regular intervals.

Manasi was the pick of the bowlers grabbing four valuable wickets for 15 runs off her quota of 8 overs. For West, Manali 16, Gauri 15 and Anagha 21 were who scored as West were shot out for 99 off 33.2 overs. Manasi was declared the Eve of the Match.

Brief Scores:

East Zone 128 all out in 38.5 overs (Kathakali 25, Arpita Ghosh 35, Payal Mukherji 19 not out, Priyanka 2 for 18 and Nirmala 3 for 18) beat West Zone 99 all out in 33 .2 overs (Manali 16, Gauri 15, Anagha 21, Manasi 4 for 15) by 29 runs.

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