Tuesday, Oct 05, 2021 05:15 [IST]
Last Update: Tuesday, Oct 05, 2021 23:36 [IST]
GANGTOK,: Sikkim under-19 women’s cricket team sealed a slice of history as they defeated Arunachal Pradesh on Monday to finish top of Plate Group and seal a first ever place in the knockout stage of the Women’s Under-19 One Day Trophy.
They are the second team from Sikkim, after under-16 men’s team, to progress from the Plate Group of Indian domestic competitions.
Sikkim wrapped up a fifth straight win in the group stage with a 64-run victory over Arunachal Pradesh via the VJD method in the rain-hit final group stage match in Bhubaneshwar today.
A downpour brought a premature end to Arunachal Pradesh’s innings on 17/3 and Sikkim won the match via the VJD method.
Electing to bat first, Sikkim made 207/5 in 50 overs. Opener Samayita Roy Prodhan scored her second fifty of the group stage, and Dikcha Gurung, Pranita Chettri, Nandita Das and Preetika Chettri also made contributions with the bat to guide Sikkim to a good total.
Arunachal Pradesh, in reply, were faltering at 17 for three when rain stopped play. Dikcha, the pick of the Sikkimese bowlers, took all three wickets, conceding just three runs.
Dikcha is the highest wicket-taker for Sikkim in the group stage with 10 wickets at an average of just 6.3 runs. She is 14th overall in the list of highest wicket takers. Pranita, meanwhile, sits atop the list of the most dot balls bowled by a bowler in Women’s Under-19 One Day Trophy so far and has the sixth best economy rate.
Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) president Lobzang G. Tenzing said the stupendous performance from under-19 women was a result of SICA’s focus on grassroots development. “We started holding district camps this year which have kept the girls fit and in tune with cricket. We also found new talents at the camps,” said Lobzang.
Leezamit Lepcha from the remote Dzongu in North Sikkim, one of the talents scouted by SICA, produced one the best bowling figures for Sikkim (4/18) in her debut national tour.
“The girls have matured very well. Their batting has been disciplined and the bowling has been brilliant. The credit also goes to coaching staff and Dr. Atul Giakwad (the director for cricket development and coaching at SICA),” added Lobzang.
The Sikkim u-19 women’s team will next travel to Jaipur for the play-offs with their quarter-final match taking place on October 11.