Mithali helps Central beat West; South rout East

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mysore:Team India skipper Mithali Raj smashed a brilliant 101 to power central zone to a thrilling nine-run win over West Zone in the Womens' All India Inter Zonal Women's one-day league here today.

In the match played at Gangotri Glades, Mithali struck eleven boundaries in her 122-ball knock and helped Central post a healthy 204 for seven. Jaya Sharma chipped in with 39 for Central. For West Devika emerged as the most successful bowler claiming three for 27.

In reply, West were restricted for 195 for seven in the allotted 50 overs despite Sunitha Paranjape making a valient 49. Romali Dhir and Nitu David claimed two wickets apiece for Central zone.

In the other match played at Infosys grounds, South Zone thrashed East by 103 runs. Batting first, South made 164 with Karuna Jain top scoring with 39. In reply, East zone were skittled out for a paltry 61 in 37.1 overs with Savina Neerala claiming 3 for 19 for South.

The national selectors Sangeetha Debir, Anju Jain and Vrunda Bhagat are here to watch the players' performances to select the national Womens' Cricket team that plays in the Quadrangular Touranment featuring Australia, New Zealand and England besides hosts India.

The tournament would begin in Chennai next month.

Brief scores:

Central Zone 204 for 7 in 40 overs (Mithaliraj 101 n o, Jaya Sharama 39; Devika 3 for 27, Sima Pujari 2 for 42) beat West Zone 195 for 7 (Sunitha Paranjape 49) by nine runs.

South Zone 164 for 6 (Karuna Jain 39; Kavitha Rai 3 for 37) beat East Zone 61 (Savina Neerala 3 for 19) by 103 runs.


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