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West Zone trounce East to clinch 16th crown

Published: Monday, November 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Ahmedabad:West Zone were today crowned Duleep trophy champions after a gap of three seasons when they defeated East Zone by five wickets with more than two days to spare in the five-day final at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera here.

West, thus, became the most successful zone in the championship by clinching their 16th title, including thrice as joint winners, in the four and a half decade old tourney. North have lifted the crown on 15 occasions.

A strokeful unbeaten sixth wicket partnership between wicket keeper Parthiv Patel and seasoned Jacob Martin helped West overcome a fighting East, led by discarded India captain Sourav Ganguly, on the third day of the match.

Martin, who scored a watchful 52 not out in 135 balls, hit the winning run. His crucial 66-run unbroken partnership with the diminutive Patel, who scored a quickfire 39 off 40 balls with six fours, steered West to the victory target after they were struggling at 109 for 5 chasing 175 in a low-scoring tie.

It was an impressive outing for Patel, striving to make a comeback into the national team. He had top-scored with 43 in the West first innings and also effected eight dismissals, including five in the East second innings, in the match.

In the morning East, resming at 176 for 9 in the second innings, were all out for 181. They had trailed West by seven runs in the first innings.

The winners are to receive Rs 5 lakhs as prize money while runners-up East will get Rs 2.5 lakhs, according to the Gujarat Cricket Association officials.

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