GUWAHATI, Oct 31 – Assam became proud winners of All India U-19 Women’s One-day Cricket Championship.
In the summit clash at Bhopal today, Assam outplayed Himachal Pradesh by eight wickets.
Opting to bat first, the Himachal girls managed to score 96 all out in 43.3 overs. Urmila Chaterjee and Chanum Leima took two wickets each while Monikha Das, Debashree Konwar and Ritu Dhrub bagged one wicket each. As in the previous matches, Assam fielders performed tremendously today. Three of the Himachal batsmen were run out.
For Assam, Anita Lodh and Archana Dutta remained unbeaten with 50 and 21 respectively. Assam Cricket Association secretary Bikash Baruah informed that all the players and team officials will be given Rs 30,000 each. BCCI will also provide Rs 5 lakh to the Assam team for winning the title. After 1994-95, for the first time, an Assam team has won a national cricket championship. In the 1994-95 season, Assam were champions in U-16 VM Trophy.
This time the Assam team remained unbeaten in the entire tournament. In the zonal tournament, Assam beat Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura while in the national level Assam girls downed Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in final.
The team will arrive here tomorrow. ACA will felicitate the team at Nehru Stadium at 3 pm immediately after their arrival.
Brief scores: Himachal 96 (SB Verma 34, NH Chouhan 23, DG Thakur 16, Urmila Chatterjee 2/11, Chanu M Leima 2/11).
Assam 97/2 (Anita Lodh 50 n.o, Archana Dutta 21 n.o).