West, North to battle for crown

In the final set of league matches which concluded on Sunday, West crushed ZCA South by an innings and 61 runs in Anantapur to finish on top of Group A with 14 points from three matches, two clear of All India Universities.

North had already secured their berth in the title round by virtue of their 211-run triumph over ZCA Central at the Infosys ground in Mysore on Saturday, the third day of the four-day contest.  North ended up with 17 points from Group B, well clear of second-placed Central (8), who will lock horn with AIU for the third place. The four-day final will begin at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Tuesday, and the play-off tie will start the same day at the RWF ground.

South resumed on 111 for nine with defeat imminent, and their challenge lasted exactly one delivery as West picked up the final wicket off the day’s very first ball to record a comprehensive win.

In Hosur, AIU outclassed a Combined U-16 side by ten wickets. Trailing by 285 on the first innings, Combined U-16 rode on 1 century by B Aparjith (120) and 79 from Unmukt Chand to save face and force AIU to bat again by scoring 306 in their second knock. AIU knocked off the 22 runs required in just three overs without losing a wicket.

Brief scores: At Anantapur: ZCA West: 374/9 decl in 107 overs bt ZCA South: South 202 all out in 82.3 overs and 111 all out  in 40.1 overs (Kinan Vaz 34; Saurav Netravalkar 5-43, Jaidev Unadkat 3-14).

At Hosur: Combined Under-16: 225 all out in 84 overs and 306 all out in 91.5 overs (B Aparjith 120, Unmukt Chand 79, Vinay Chaudury 33 n.o., Sharvan Kumar 32; Sachin Wagh 2-54, Sparsh Jain 2-72) lt to AIU: 510 all out in 130.5 overs and 22/0 in 3 overs.

At Mysore (Gangotri Glades ground): President’s XI 272 all out in 82.4 overs and 161 all out in 67.3 overs lt to ZCA East: 204 all out in 58 overs and 229/7 in 65 overs (Mani Shankar Mura Singh 62 n.o., Sudeep Chatterjee 53 n.o., Abhishek Das 32; Rush Kaleria 3-61, Rahul Tewatia 3-65).

Final league standings: Group A: ZCA West (14 pts) 1; AIU (12) 2; ZCA South (5) 3; Combined U-16 (0) 4.

Group B: ZCA North (17 pts) 1; ZCA Central (8) 2; ZCA East (6) 3; President’s XI (0) 4.

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