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GANGTOK:Alpine SC booked their place in the inaugural Khangchendzonga Shield final against Black Eagle with a thumping 117-run win over west district team GDCWA at Mining cricket ground on Thursday.
NileshLamichaneyscored 78 runs and left-arm spinner Ajay Pradhanbagged four for 10 to steer Alpine Sporting Club to the second largest victory margin by runs in the tournament.
After putting up a competitive177 in 30 overs on winning the toss, Alpine SC rode their bowlers’ clinical effort to gun down their opponents, bowling them for 60 in 21.4 overs.
While seniors Lamichaneyand Pradhan led from the front with bat and ball respectively, youngster Tarun Sharma also rose to the occasion and picked three wickets in his three overs.
GDCWA, which boasted of six batsmen and two all-rounders, suffered a batting collapse as their top-sevenfell cheaply with a 20-run stand between openers NarchungLepcha and Jordan Sherpa being the highest partnership in the entire GDCWA innings. Only one batsman, Chandan Kumar Gupta, who came in at number 8, managed to get past double digits with his 24-ball 12.
Earlier, opting to bat, Alpine rode Lamichaney’s knock along with wicket keeper AshishThapa and Anwesh’s valuable contributions to the partnerships, post a decent 177/10 in the allotted 30 overs.
Lamichaney, the top Alpine and Sikkim batsman, had a major escape in the very first ball of the innings.
The star batsman, trying to guide a short ball from AdilAlam towards the gap between first slip and gully, was late on his shot and ended up chipping the ball to first slip.
The Geyzing team had few more opportunities to send Lamichaney to the dugout early. Lamichaney survived two LBW appeals by GDCWA off the bowling of Adil along with a run-out in the third over.
Geyzing captain Jordanstated that the final result could have been quite different, had they completed Lamichaney’s catch at the first slip.
Lamichaney, who considered himself “very lucky”, went on to score 78 runs off 77 balls before BhusanSubba trapped him LBW leg before in the 25th overs.Lamichaney received man of the match for his knock which he dedicated to his new-born child.
Adil was the pick of the bowlers for GDCWA with three for 20 runs in six overs.
In the post-match interview, Lamichaney was all-praise of his team, especially the youngsters. AdivTamang, recently promoted from under-16 team, has been batting well at middle order and Tarun Sharma, an under-19 player, is currently leading the bowler’s chart. The youngster has taken 20 wickets in seven matches, eight more than second-placed MdRonak who is also from Alpine. Lamichaney himself is on top in batting list with 363 runs at an average of over 60 runs per innings.
The captain also heaped praises on Pradhan – who, at 41, is the oldest player in the tournament – for his performance today. “The way he (Pradhan) is bowling, I think he is the best left-arm spinner in the tournament,” the captain opined.