Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 08:15 [IST]
Last Update: Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 02:32 [IST]
GEYZING,: The quarterfinal round of a T20 cricket tournament being held at Darap, West Sikkim started today.
The tournament, which is in its third edition, is organized by Cricket Association of Darap (CAD). The tournament commenced on January 14 and will conclude on January 26 on the occasion of Republic Day.
Both the quarterfinal matches played today were reduced to 15-over-a-side due to poor weather conditions.
In the first match, Sopakha Sunrise defeated Red Army Darap and made their way to semi-finals. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Sopakha Sunrise managed to put up 111 runs on the board losing seven wickets. Red Army, in reply, could manage only 97 runs for loss of three wickets.
Despite having wickets in hand, Red Army could not capitalize the opportunities and lost the match by 14 runs. Red Army’s Singhang Limboo, who scored 68 runs off 48 balls, was named man of the match.
In the second quarterfinal match, Darap Senior Secondary School emerged victorious against WBCC.
Chasing a 97 runs for win, Darap School went past the total losing eight wickets. Cheda Bhutia of Darap School was adjudged man of the match for his all-round performance.
Government contractor and social worker Kesam Limboo had attended the event as the chief guest along with other dignitaries.
Kesam Limboo, while speaking to media, called the initiative taken by CAD for promotion of cricket in West Sikkim appreciable and expressed that sports help the youth to prepare themselves for challenges of life. He added that sport in any form contributes towards creation of healthy, disciplined and a moral society.
"In order to lead a healthy and disciplined life, sport plays a very crucial role. The participation of youth should be encouraged and the opportunity should be provided in sport in a greater way,” said Kesam.
CAD president Singhang Limboo informed that the tournament was organized for promotion of cricket in West Sikkim and also to create platform for cricketing talents of the State. He also informed about the anti-drug and alcohol campaign of CAD.
The CAD president opined that future of cricket is bright in West Sikkim but needs promotion and proper platform.