Alpine SC lifts Khangchendzonga Shield cricket tourney

Monday, Nov 23, 2020 15:30 [IST]

Last Update: Monday, Nov 23, 2020 10:00 [IST]

Alpine SC lifts Khangchendzonga Shield cricket tourney

Alpine SC pulverized Black Eagle team by 125 runs to lift the inaugural Khangchendzonga Shield men’s limited overs tournament in the final held on Sunday at Mining Ground near Rangpo town.
Nilesh Lamichaney’s Alpine SC were undoubtedly head and shoulders above their competitors in the knock-out stage of the limited overs tournament organised by Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA). In the summit clash where everything was subjected to change, the Alpine SC had the loudest cheer as they dished out a clinical performance to register win over a hapless Black Eagle team.
After winning toss, Alpine amassed 200 runs for 5 wickets in 30 overs. Lamichaney provided yet good another start, scoring second straight half century and Afzar Hussain scored a quick-fire 31 to help Alpine reach a commanding total.
Youngsters Arun Chettri and Adiv Tamang scored 29 runs and 34 runs respectively.
Sonam Wangchuk and Mendup Bhutia picked two wickets each, while captain Paljor Bhutia grabbed one for Black Eagle.
Black Eagle, in reply, were bowled out for 75 runs in 23 overs.
Anurodhan Pradhan took four wickets for just seven runs and Md Rohnak dismissed three for Alpine SC as Black Eagles batting collapsed and suffered one of the biggest loses in the tournament.
Lamichaney was adjudged ‘man of the match’ for second consecutive time, while all-rounder Paljor beat the Alpine captain for ‘man of the tournament’ award. Lamichaney was the highest scorer of the tournament and Tarun Sharma, also from Alpine was the highest wicket taker. Sharma also won the under-16 player of the tournament award with GDCWA bowler Mohammed Adil Alam receiving the award in under-19 category.
Chief Minister P.S. Golay, ministers, MLAs and other dignitaries witnessed the cricket final at Mining Ground.
In his social media post, the Chief Minister expressed his happiness in seeing the game of cricket flourishing in Sikkimas more and more children and youngsters taking interest in the sport. He shared that he handed over the lease agreement of the Mining Ground to SICA president Lobzang G. Tenzing on the occasion. He also inaugurated the practice pitches and nets facility at the western end of the ground.  
On Saturday, Mount Pandim defeated Mount Kabru by 24 runs to win the Khangchendzonga Shield for women’s T20 tournament.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi