Sikkim girl scores half century against Arunachal

Tshering Ongmu Lepcha
Wed, Dec 5, 2018

GANGTOK: Tshering Ongmu Lepcha scored 60 runs in a Senior Women’s One Day League 2018-19 match against Arunachal Pradesh yesterday. She was the highest run scorer for Sikkim followed by Tabita Subba who was 34 not out, informs a press release from Sikkim Cricket Association.
Sikkim is playing in Plate Division which also features Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry and Uttarakhand. The matches are being held in Puducherry, Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack.
In the first match against Manipur, Archana Das (member of T20 World Cup Squad 2012) scored 87 not out while Priyanka Acharya and Purni Maya Gurung took three wickets and one wicket respectively.
The Sikkim senior women’s cricket team is participating in the Indian Domestic League after six years, said the SCA. The team is accompanied by 12 local players of Sikkim and three guest players, who have been playing professional cricket from their respective States and also have represented Indian team in past. The recruitment is done as per the norms of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in which 3 guest players are allowed.
Purnima Rau, former India women’s cricket team captain and also the coach of Indian women’s team, has been appointed as the coach of team Sikkim by the BCCI, said the SCA.
Tshering Ongmu Lepcha hails from Gayzing, west district and is playing for Sikkim Women’s cricket team since 2008 under different age categories and is the best wicket-keeper batsmen in Sikkim. She has always been a consistent run scorer for Sikkim. Her highest run in 2 days match is 98, scored against Odisha in 2010 playing in the senior category and 72 runs in One Day.
Back in January 2013, when Sikkim reached finals of Senior Women’s Northeast One Day Tournament against Chhattisgarh, Tshering Ongmu scored 60 runs and was also the highest run-maker of the tournament, said the SCA.
“Playing cricket has always been my passion and I love this game. We are thankful to the State Cricket Association and BCCI that cricket has returned to Sikkim after almost 6 years and we are back on the field. I am grateful to God for putting in the position where I am today. It is an honor to represent the State in the national level tournament and that too in cricket where the competition is too much,” said Tshering Ongmu.
“I am happy for my half-century but this is not enough and I need to work hard for the best result of the team. Lastly, I would like to thank Som Tshering Lepcha sir, who has been coaching us all these years and helped us keep in touch with cricket and our current coach Purnima Rau madam for believing in me,” said Tshering Ongmu.

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