Khangchendzonga Shield women’s cricket: Aakraman SC through to semi-finals

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Khangchendzonga Shield women’s cricket: Aakraman SC through to semi-finals

ISABELLA GURUNG

RANGPO,: The second day of the first State-level inter-club Khangchendzonga Shield women’s cricket tournament saw Alpine SC register their first win of the tournament and Aakraman SC become the first team to qualify for the semis.
Alpine SC defeated Denzong CC by 80 runs and Aakraman SC defeated Yuksom Capitals by eight wickets, at Sikkim Cricket Ground here.
In the first match of the day, Alpine SC put up 140 on board and restricted Denzong SC to 60/6 in 20 overs. Nandita Das starred with bat and Priyanka Gurung starred with ball as Alpine SC registered their first win of the tournament. With the second loss in as many matches, Denzong SC are virtually out of the tournament.
Alpine SC captain Pranita Chettri expressed her happiness on winning the match. “Our players have given their best performance and we are glad that we were victorious today. Our team have been practicing daily so that we can reach the final,” said Pranita.
Alpine will have to beat Yuksam Capitals on Saturday to secure a berth in the semi-finals.
Eighteen-year-old Pranita is the only woman cricketer from Sikkim to play in all three formats of cricket. She has been playing cricket for the past four years and her next target is to be selected for BCCI Challenger’s Trophy.
Later in the day, Aakraman SC wrapped up an emphatic eight-wicket victory against Yuksam Capitals to secure their place in the semi-finals.
Yuksam Capitals, who registered a massive 164-run win the other day, were no match to a strong Aakraman side as they were restricted to a paltry 47 runs for nine wickets in 20 overs. Aakraman went past the total in 12.5 overs losing just two wickets.
Lhakmit Lepcha, who took three wickets for six runs in her four overs, was declared player of the match.
“The competition was tough and I had never thought that I would be a player of the match. I am proud of my performance today. Our team gave the best and I also gave my 100 per cent,” said Lhakmit in a post-match interview.
Lhakmit, who hails from Dzongu, was a part of the Sikkim squad that played BCCI Senior Women’s One Day Trophy in Kolkata recently.
Organised by Sikkim Cricket Association, the tournament has eight clubs divided into two groups. The final will take place on January 16.     

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