Senior men’s inter-district cricket tournament
Niuland, Kohima, Wokha & Dimapur wins
Dimapur, May 25: Niuland, Kohima, Wokha and Dimapur registered contrasting wins on Day-4 of the Senior men’s Inter-district cricket tournament played at the Nagaland Cricket Stadium and Sovima Cricket Ground on Thursday.
In the first match at Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Niuland defeated Phek by 207 runs in a one-sided match. Batting first after winning the toss, Niuland made the highest total of the tournament so far by setting up 282 runs in 30 overs losing only 4 wickets. Hokaito Zhimomi made a blistering unbeaten 122 in 77 balls for Niuland.
Lawrence Vero, captain of Phek team, took 2 wickets.
Requiring 283 runs in 180 balls for a win, Phek succumbed to another high pressure game once again as all their batsman failed to rise up to the occasion. The only fight was provided by Deto Rhakho with 23 runs but it was never enough for a win. Vino G Zhimomi led the charge for Niuland as he scalped 4 wickets while Akavi A Yeptho and Anil Gupta took 2 wickets each.
Hokaito Zhimomi was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten 122.
In the 2nd match, Kohima overcame Longleng by 2 wickets in a close match. Winning the toss, Longleng opted to bat first and managed to put up 92 runs on the board losing all wickets in 24.4 overs. Mungkham made 23 runs for Longleng. For Kohima, Sepichem and Kelhousilie claimed 3 wickets each.
In the run chase, Imomenba Walling continued from where he left the last game and made a fine 21 runs. Kelhousilie was awarded the man of the match for his 3 wickets haul in 5.4 overs.
For Kohima to qualify for the semi-finals they’ll have to wait for the match played on Friday between Longleng and Wokha.
At Sovima Cricket Ground, Wokha beat Mon by 5 runs in another close encounter. Batting first after winning the toss, Wokha managed to pile up 150 runs losing 9 wickets in 30 overs, Renjamo Y Mozhui made 36 runs and Rendemo Mozhui scored 38. Chingkap Konyak took 7 wickets for Mon.
Mon got off to a shaky start as they lost 3 of their top order batsman cheaply but Shamwang Wangnao’s 64 runs and Ahon Konyak 29 runs kept them in the match and ultimately fell short of the target and lost to Wokha by 5 runs.
For Wokha Renchio Odyuo and Romokhon Humtsoe took 2 wickets each.
Wokha’s Renchio Odyuo was named the man of the match.
In the 2nd match, Dimapur scored 191 runs riding on Shamphri Terang’s 37, Joshua Ben Ozukum’s 30and Hem Bahadur Chetri’s 44. For Tseminyu, Nuntilo claimed 3 wickets.
Coming out for the run chase, brother duo of Potouzo Kent (43 runs) and Kepesilie Kent (23) combined to give the team a solid start but eventually with the growing run rate they perished while trying to go for the big hit.
With a star studded bowling line up, Dimapur restricted Tseminyu to only 125 runs, winning the match by 66 runs. Tohuka Zhimo took 2 wickets for Dimapur.
With the win Niuland has qualified for the semi-finals.
Man of the match was adjudged to Tohuka Zhimo for his 24 runs knock and for bagging 2 wickets for Dimapur.
Nagaland Cricket Stadium
8 am: Chumoukedima Vs Peren
12:30 pm: Mokokchung Vs Kiphire
Sovima Cricket Ground
8 am: Wokha Vs Longleng
(Page News Service)