By Our Sports Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 6 : YUCC, Moirang Purel Leikai made themselves through to the semi-finals of the 2nd MNCA U-16 Boys Naorem Rajningthou Memorial Trophy 2020. They defeated PTRC, Patsoi by 3 wickets today at Luwangpokpa Cricket ground today to consolidate the Group A top spot with 24 points from 6 matches.
PTRC which won the toss and elected to bat first piled up only 165 runs for 7 in 30 overs riding on Joyraj and Jotin's half centuries but YUCC's concerted effort helped them gather 169 in 27.5 overs for the win..
PTRC got off to a good start with Joyraj hitting a half century -65 off 62 balls but sudden dismissals of his opening partner and the following batsmen put them on the back foot.
Jotin's entry however proved to be a boon for the team but his departure after hitting a 52 ball 54 led to gradual slow down and eventually ended their innings for 165 runs.
The innings saw Dibak of YUCC claim two for 21 in 6 overs while Kadamjit, Bikash and Devaraj manage a wicket each.
YUCC's chase was not a smooth one but 23 extra runs conceded by PTRC bowlers, Thoiba's opening 24 run effort off 17 balls and Kadamjit's responsible middle order batting (39 not out) steered the team to a 3 wicket win.
N Rohit (13) and Dibak (16) too made double digit contributions before Kadamjit hit a 6 to finish the chase.
Jotin of PTRC produced an outstanding bowling performance finishing with a 3 wicket haul for 11 in 6 overs but his effort went in vain as they conceded too much extra today. Mordekai, Bungba, Sarbajit and Loya of the same team also picked up a wicket each.
Kadamjit was eventually named man of the match.
Meanwhile in a clash of Group B bottom placed teams at Model Hr Secondary and Oriental College ground, CRAU, Khamnam Bazar trounced Blue Hawk, Khurai by 201 runs to hold 6th place.
CRAU after opting to bat first, rode on Joyhenba's 58 run and I Nikhil's unbeaten 87 runs to stack up 260 runs for 8 in 30 overs before restricting Blue Hawk to a paltry score with the help of T Nikhil's remarkable bowling display.
Bidyasagar and Zakir of Blue Hawk earned two wickets in this innings before their chase slump to 59 for all wickets down in 13.2 overs as CRAU's T Nikhil picked up five to wreak havoc across their batting line up and his team mate Prakash scalped two wickets.
I Nikhil who topscored for CRAU was eventually named man of this match.
CYCLONE will play Model Club in a crucial Group B league match tomorrow at Luwangpokpa Cricket ground while KCDO take on PCC, Mayai Koibi in an inconsequential Group A league match at Model Hr Secondary and Oriental College ground.