Varroc, Combined Districts enter semi-finals

SPORTS REPORTER
Thursday, 31 January 2019

Both the teams recorded contrasting wins over their respective opponents. Varroc thrashed Deccan Gymkhana by 61 runs in a one-sided match being played at the Deccan Gymkhana ground, while Combined Districts team sneaked past PYC by just 15 runs.

PUNE: Varroc Vengsarkar Cricket Academy and Combined Districts team made it to the last 4 of the Rashid Irani memorial T20 cricket tournament being played in the city on Wednesday.

Both the teams recorded contrasting wins over their respective opponents. Varroc thrashed Deccan Gymkhana by 61 runs in a one-sided match being played at the Deccan Gymkhana ground, while Combined Districts team sneaked past PYC by just 15 runs.

Club of Maharashtra too, had a good field day as they beat Poona Club by 24 runs at the Brilliant Sports Club Academy Ground.

In the first match of the day, Varroc Academy dominated the proceedings from the word go with Mizan Sayyad getting the man of the match award for his contribution of 48 runs.

Along with Sudhanshu Gundeti (33), Mizan made most of the scoring opportunities that he got and propelled Varroc to a challenging score of 136. Chasing a stiff target, Deccan Gymkhana’s innings never got going as they lost their high profile openers Rahul Tripathi (1) and Swapnil Gugale (6) cheaply. They never recovered from those two jolts and were bowled out for 75, giving Varroc an easy win.

In the other match played on Deccan Gymkhana, Combined Districts team posted 139/6 in their 20 overs with contributions from opener Vijay Zol (57) and Yasir Shaikh (40). They then relied on Samadhan Pangare’s spell, where he dismissed the top order of PYC. His three wickets were instrumental as PYC were restricted to 124/8.

In another match, Club of Maharashtra rode on a captain’s knock by Naushad Shaikh (44) and Azeem Kazi (41) as they piled up massive 178 runs in 20 overs. In reply, Poona Club were bundled out for 154, handing Club of Maharashtra a 24-run win.

Brief scores: Club of Maharashtra 178/7 (Naushad Shaikh 44, Azeem Kazi 41) bt Poona Club 154 (Sangram Atitkar 47); Combined Districts 139/6 (Vijay Zol 57, Yasir Shaikh 40) bt PYC 124/8 (Avdhut Dandekar 52); Varroc 136/6 (Mizan Sayyad 48, Sudhanshu Gundeti 33) bt Deccan Gymkhana 75 (Manoj Yadav 3-19)

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