Sikkim finish Ranji campaign on winning note

Sikkim finish Ranji campaign on winning note
Thu, Jan 10, 2019

SE Report

GANGTOK: Sikkim ended their inaugural Ranji Trophy campaign on a winning note, overwhelming Arunachal Pradesh by 10 wickets in a Plate Division clash at Golpara, Assam today.
After electing to field first, Sikkim restricted Arunachal Pradesh to a paltry 169 runs. Milind Kumar took 5 wickets, Ishwar Chaudhary dismissed three, and Bipul Sharma and Lee Yong Lepcha took one wicket apiece.
Sikkim all-rounder Lee Yong scored his first first-class half century (58 runs, 105 balls) and Milind Kumar scored his fifth of the season (51 runs, 44 balls) to give Sikkim a lead of 93 runs in first innings. Bibek Diyali, Bipul Sharma, Jahan Uddin and Karma Bhutia and Ashish Thapa also contributed in Sikkim’s first-innings total of 262.
Sikkim displayed another brilliant bowling performance to restrict Arunachal to 109 runs, where Ishwar took 7 wickets. With 16 runs needed for win, Milind smashed four boundaries in the Sikkim innings of 9 balls to wrap of the match and the season on day-3 of the four-day match.
Ishwar Chaudhary, for his 10-wicket haul in the match, was adjudged Man of the Match. Chaudhary, the leading bowler of Sikkim team, took 51 wickets and is at third position of most wickets of this season of Ranji Trophy. He grabbed five 5-wicket hauls and took 10 wickets in a match twice.
The batting department was led by Milind Kumar who is at number 2 on the all-time list of batsmen with most runs in a Ranji Trophy season.  With 1,331 runs in eight matches this season, he is the top scorer of this season so far. Second-placed Punit Bisht of Meghalaya is 432 runs behind.
Milind scored 6 centuries and also held a record for most 4s in a season.  
"It was a memorable journey playing first-class cricket for the first time under the guidance of one of the most experienced coaches, Sanjeev Sharma sir and experienced players Bipul, Ishwar and Milind. We learned many things from this journey and would like to thank SCA (Sikkim Cricket Association) for giving us the opportunity to play first-class cricket of which we all dreamed of,” said captain Nilesh Lamichaney.
The right-handed batsman also thanked coach Sharma for believing in him, trainer, manager and support staff “for their continuous support and keeping us fit the entire season.
Former India player Sanjeev Sharma said Sikkim team was the most-disciplined team he has coached in his coaching career spanning a decade. He appreciated the SCA management for their support in building a wonderful team and getting outstanding professional players.
“The local players got to learn many things from this season and they equally contributed in all aspects of the game for bringing the team to this position. I am very happy with the performance of Nilesh, Ashish, Lee Yong, Jahan and Karma. I would like to congratulate Milind and Ishwar for their achievement and Bipul for all-around performance. In the last 10 years of coaching this is the most-disciplined and best team I have coached and would like to thank the BCCI and SCA for giving me this opportunity.”
SCA president Lobzang G. Tenzing congratulated the coach, trainer, physio, manager and the entire team for the “excellent” performance in Ranji Trophy. The guidance of the coach in bringing out the best in every individual member of the team has been truly extraordinary and the senior men and women teams have shown the way forward with their outstanding performance on and off the field, he said.
Sikkim will next play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, a Twenty20 cricket domestic championship.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min- 13°C
Winter: Max- 13°C ; Min- 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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