U-16 Cricket Tournament: Model Club miss last-4 berth despite win over CYCLONE

By Our Sports Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 7 : CYCLONE, Thangmeiband narrowly missed a chance to make it to the semi-final of the 2nd MNCA U-16 Boys Naorem Rajningthou Memorial Trophy after they went down to Model Club by 40 runs today at Luwangpokpa Cricket Ground.
The crucial group B league match saw Model Club win the toss and post a target of 130 runs for 10 in 28.1 overs before restricting CYCLONE to 89 in 23.2 overs.
The first innings witnessed Model Club loss three to CYCLONE bowlers in quick succession but Susan anchored well with 39 runs off 34 balls before their gradual breakdown. Manglemba and Thomson of CYCLONE claimed three wickets each in this innings while Samsung picked up a wicket.
CYCLONE however failed to build their momentum in the chase and were all for 89 in 23.2 overs as Model Club bowlers made a concerted effort to leave their rivals' batting line up in tatters.
Manglem (14), Binson (13) and Donny (10) made it to the scoresheet for CYCLONE with double digit scores in this innings which saw Biyon pick up three wickets for 17 in 5 overs.
Susan and Greson too chipped in with two wickets each as Abhijen bagged a single to help Model Club post a big win.
CYCLONE had the chance to finish second in Group B table in place of OSCAR (16 points: NRR +1.987) if they had won today, but the loss forced them to finish fourth in the league table. Model Club despite the win failed to surpass OSCAR's NRR and had to finish third.
Susan of Model Club who produced an all round display was adjudged man of the match.
Meanwhile in an inconsequential Group A league match staged at Model Hr Secondary School and Oriental College ground, KCDO, Kongpal thrashed PCC, Mayaikoibi by 6 wickets.
PCC earned 125 runs total for 9 in their quota of 30 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first but Ringku's unbeaten 33 off 45 balls helped KDCO chase down the target in 27 overs with 6 wickets left in the hand.
Lucky topscored for PCC with 21 runs in his name as Themission (14), Gopinath (13) and Anjan (11) were the other double digit scorers in their innings.
KCDO's Ringku Manglem and Malem shone with three wickets each in the innings while Fernando bagged two wickets.
In reply, KCDO had a scrappy start as they lost the two top orders with paltry scores  but  21 run knock by Anganba and an unbeaten 33 run effort by Ringku pushed them past the rivals' total with three overs and 6 wickets left to spare. Lucky too contributed 17 runs to KCDO's tally to ensure the win.
Eventually, Rinku who scalped three wickets and added 33 runs in the chase was named man of the match.