8th MNCA Elite TournamentCYCLONE cruise to fifth straight victory, CHAMP seal fourth win

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 20 : CYCLONE, Thangmeiband secured their fifth win on the trot in the ongoing 8th MNCA Elite Tournament today as CHAMP followed them closely by posting their fourth win in five matches.
CYCLONE registered their win at Luwangspokpa Cricket Ground by thrashing TRAU by 6 wickets on the back of Md Al Bashid's unbeaten 44-ball 59 in a match that was reduced to 21 overs an innings.
TRAU mustered 145 runs for 6 wickets in 21 overs after winning the toss riding on Priyojit Kangabam 45, Dr Siddharth Shah 35 and Bishworjit Nongmaithem 20 but CYCLONE managed 147 runs within 19 overs with 6 wickets left to spare as Md Al Bashid struck a half century and Bikash Singh added 42 off 38 balls.
For CYCLONE, Nongmaithem Suraj (2/19) and Abdul Kasim (2/13) picked two wickets apiece as Somorjit Salam (2/32) and Priyojit Kangabam (1/27) shared three wickets for TRAU.
Md Al Bashid was adjudged man of the match.
Sultan Karim guides CHAMP to 82 run victory
In another match of the day staged at Khangabok Cherapur Public Ground, Sultan Karim produced an allround performance to seal CHAMP a comfortable 82-run victory over Model Club, Chingamakha.
Put in to bat first, CHAMP gathered 225/7 in 45 overs courtesy of Md Sultan Karim 63-ball 70 and Narsingh Yadav's 58-ball 56 and skittled out Model for 143 runs in 37.4 overs on the back of Moirangthem Thomas (3/22 in 7.4 overs), Ravi (3/31), Md Ahsanul Kabir (2/34) and Md Sultan Karim (2/20).
For Model Club, L Robertson (3/24), Dibak Naorem (2/45) and W Priyokumar (2/45) shared 7 wickets before their chase faltered despite Nongmaithem Bijenkumar's 89-ball 51.
Sultan Karim was eventually named man of the match.
RULE secure second victory
Elsewhere at Lairenjam Public Ground, RULE, Meitram secured their second win in five matches by beating ESU by 64 runs.
ESU opted to field first and bundled out for 164 runs in 41.2 overs after Sanjenbam Somokanta 59, Ayekpam Rakesh 35 Chabungbam Ishworjit 31, Sanjenbam Suresh 28 and Nongthombam Sarojkumar 18 lifted RULE to 228/9 in the allotted 45 overs.
Chongtham Mehul Shreth shone with a four wicket haul (4/31) for ESU and Sanatomba picked two wickets (2/42).
In the chase, ESU had a stuttering start and slumped to 164 all out despite M Bimananda's 52 as N Sarojkumar (3/42), Sanjenbam Ananda (3/29) ran through their batting line up.
Thokchom Kishan and Avinash Asmali also picked a wicket apiece for RULE.
Sarojkumar of RULE was declared man of the match.