|Royals, Maharana storm into semis|
GUWAHATI, March 10 - Royals Club and Maharana Athletic Club stormed into the last-four stage of the Uma Charan Bania Trophy Day/Night Cricket Tournament organised by NEEDS.
In two quarterfinal matches, Royals Club defeated Gauhati Town Club by 14 runs last evening while Maharana AC handed a 133-run drubbing to River Rine today.
Royals Club scored 157 for five after batting first and later restricted the opponent for 143.
Maharana amassed 222 for five in 20 overs where Abhijit Singha Roy and Diptesh Saha remained leading scorers with 59 runs each.
In reply River Rine were bundled out for 89 in 15.1 overs.
In the semifinals tomorrow Royals Club will play against the winners of Metro SC and City CC while Maharana will meet Navarang.
Brief scores: Royals Club 157/5 (Arunav Sarma 50, Abuddin Khan 25, Ikramul Ali 22; Ranjan Khatoniar 2/41). GTC 143 (Deep Bora 48, Nirendra Dekaraja 18, Simanta Neogi 15; Abuddin Khan 5/23, Amanulla Khan 2/25).
Maharana 222/5 (Abhijit Sinha Roy 59, Diptesh Saha 59, Aniket Bhowmick 25; Anjan Seal 2/24, Raj Thapa 2/36). River Rine 89 (Trinath Rao 29; Rituparna Phatowali 3/11, Rahul Singh 3/23, Santanu Dhar 2/2).