Gangtok Premier League: Lee Yong guides CAT to semis

Gangtok Premier League
Mon, Apr 1, 2019

Lee Yong Lepcha came up with a stellar all-round performance as Cricket Association of Tathangchen cruised into the semi-finals of Gangtok Premier League cricket tournament, securing a 31-run win against Singtam Challengers in a must-win tie on Sunday.
Lee Yong scored a fluent 32-ball 68 to help CAT race to 194 runs in 22 overs before his 2-30 helped local side bowl out Challengers to 163. He hit three boundaries and seven maximums and scalped two wickets in an over, wrecking the Challengers batting line up.
The game was the last of the four-team group A and a must-win for both teams. With Black Eagles, a Sikkim Armed Police team, having already qualified for semi-finals, only one more from the group could progress, and that made the game more special with both teams trying to stay in the tournament.
The game was a rain-curtailed one and was reduced to 22 overs a side.
After put onto bat first, Bibek Diyali along with Tshering Wangdi provided a great start to CAT, scoring 76 runs in just 11 overs. However, both openers soon got out in quick succession.
Lee Yong, who came in at number four, made sure the team wasn’t affected by two quick jolts. He stitched a 41-run partnership with Namgyal Tashi for fourth wicket and added 31 runs for sixth wicket to guide CAT to a commanding position before he was caught short of crease trying to steal a quick single in the last over of the innings.
With 195 runs required off 22 overs (132 balls), Challengers started off aggressively. Saptula smashed three consecutive boundaries in the first over of the innings trying to put early pressure on CAT bowlers. But in the sixth ball of the over, medium pacer Pritam Nirala, beat him with his line and length and bowled him clean. Bikki came in at number 3 and took the score to 49 but CAT bowler didn’t let the Challengers batsmen to settle, taking wickets at regular interval.
Sonam and Lee Yong grabbed two wickets each, while other four bowlers –Pritam, Chunku, Bhim and Gyalpo – scalped a wicket apiece. Two were run outs.
As many as 23 sixes were scored in the match that saw only 21 fours due to soaking wet outfield.   
Lee Yong was adjudged man of the match for his all-round performance.
The last league match will be played on Monday between Group B teams Shaft Cricket Club (Gangtok) and Rangers XI (Pakyong) in another must-win tie. Mangan team Royal North Brothers have already qualified for semi-finals.
The first and second semi-final match will be played on April 2 and 3 respectively with final taking place on April 5.
Gangtok Premier League, one of the biggest active cricket competitions in State, is in its third edition now. Organised by Shaft Cricket Club at SAP ground at Pangthang, the tournament was first held in 2016.

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