AG Nagpur and Rajkot set up summit clash
Hosts, A.G. Nagpur stormed into the finals defeating A.G. Raipur by 8 wickets to setup a summit clash with A.G. Rajkot which defeated defending A.G. Jaipur by 6 wickets in the ongoing Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IA&AD) West Zone Cricket Tournament.
The tournament is being conducted under the aegis of Accountant General Recreation Club (AGRC) of the Office of The Accountant General (A&E) II, Maharashtra. The finals is slated for May 6 at VCA Stadium, Civil Lines, Nagpur.
In the first semifinal match, between A.G. Nagpur and A.G. Raipur played at VCA Gorund, Kalamna, a classy 96 off 55 balls studded with 9 sixes and 4 fours by Sanjay Ramaswamy and patient half century 50 off 41 balls by Aditya Sarwate (6 fours) was a healthy opening partnership of 116. This helped the hosts storm into finals of the tournament achieving the target in 16.4 overs.
Earlier put into bat, A.G. Raipur went on to score 167/7 in their allotted 20 overs. This included a brilliant century By Rishabh Tiwari who scored 104 (58 balls) (5×6, 11×4). The wickets kept tumbling at the other end, Aditya Sarvate and Akshay Wadkar took 2 wickets each while Lalit Yadav and Amit Deshpande took a wicket apiece for the hosts.
R. Thiruppathi Venkatasamy, Accountant General (Audit), Maharashtra, Nagpur gave away the man of the match prize to Sanjay Ramaswamy of A.G. Nagpur.
In the second semifinal between A.G. Rajkot and defending champions A.G. Jaipur at VCA Stadium, Civil Lines, A.G. Jaipur put into bat, centurion of last match and opener, Ankit Lamba again played a fine innings of 60 runs off 40 balls (5×4, 3×6), while Shauqat Almas 47(39) and a quickfire 42(15) by Subham Sharma helped tobuild a mammoth score 192/7 in the 20 overs. Shaurya Sanadiya took 4 wickets giving away 32 runs, while Kuldeep Raval, Kuldeep Sharma and Arpit Vasadava took a wicket apiece for A.G. Rajkot.
Chasing the target, in form batter Arpit Vasavda, went on to punish the bowlers and made 70 runs of 34 balls (11×4, 2×6) He was supported by Kuldeep Raval 40 (23), Shaurya Sanadiya 24 (16), Sahil Karathiya 17 (12), Rahul Dave 18 (22) to register achive the target in 19.2 overs.
Dinesh Mate, Sr. Dy Accountant General gave away the Man of match prize to Shaurya Sanadia of A.G Rajkot.
Dr. Chhering Dorje, IPS, Special Inspector General of Police, Nagpur Range will be the chief guest for the finals. Prashant Vaidya, former International Cricket player and R. Thiruppathi Venkatasamy, Accountant General (Audit)-II, Maharashtra, Nagpur will be the guests of Honour at VCA Stadium, Civil lines at 12.00 noon on May 6. Praveer Kumar, Accountant General (A&E)-II, Maharashtra, Nagpur is the patron of the tournament.