The Senior One Day Trophy kick-started on Thursday at Kolkata, with three matches getting underway on the opening day. Nagaland, J&K and Bihar started with victories as well.
The Nagaland team began their tournament on a winning note, registering a 91-run victory over Manipur at 22 Yards, Kolkata. Nagaland won the toss and elected to bat first. Banking on centurion P M Khemnar’s knock of 105 off 126, Nagaland managed to put up a competitive total of 239, with Niruta claiming the last wicket off the final ball of the innings. Opener K P Nagvire delivered an impressive knock of 43 off 26 before being dismissed by Kiranbala Haorungbam in the tenth over. Haorungbam and Niruta went on to claim three wickets apiece for Manipur.
The revised target, according to the VJD method, was set at 217 in 40 overs. Replying, Manipur failed to chase the target as the side was restricted to 126/8 in the allotted 40 overs, handing a win to Nagaland by 91 runs. Captain Ganga W scored 19 off 26 before she was dismissed by Khemnar off an LBW in the eighteenth over. Both P N Khemnar and K P Navgire, having previously been instrumental in steering Nagaland to the 239-run total, took two wickets each for NCA.
Nagaland 239 (P N Khemnar 105, K P Navgire 43, Kiranbala Haorungbam 3/31, Niruta 3/3) won against Manipur 126/8 (Ganga W 19, Kiranbala Haorungbam 18, P N Khemnar 3/30, K P Navgire 3/30) by 91 runs (VJD Method).
A feisty bowling display from J&K had Sikkim bundled out for a paltry 33 runs in 18.1 overs at the Eden Gardens. None of the Sikkim batters managed to go past the single-digit, with five batters getting dismissed for ducks. Nadia Chowdhury, leading the bowling side for J & K, finished with figures of 5-0-11-4, while Sarla Devi and Bismah Hassan scalped 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
J&K made short work of the chase, reaching the target in 8.2 overs, losing one wicket during the pursuit. Sarla Devi hit 24* off 31 for J & K, aiding the team to a comfortable 9-wicket victory. Tabita Subba picked the sole wicket for Sikkim.
Sikkim 33 (Rinki Rajak 7, Nadia Chowdhary 4/11, Bismah Hassan 2/4), lost to J & K (Sarla Devi 24*, Tabita Subba 1/8) by 9 wickets.
Bihar clinched an 80-run victory against Arunachal Pradesh at the JU Second Campus in Kolkata. Opting to field first proved to be expensive for Arunachal Pradesh, as Bihar piled up a total of 207 before being all out at 49.3 overs. Komal P Kumari’s knock of 52 was instrumental to the chase, with Prity and Apurva chipping in with 35 and 28, off 44 and 30 respectively. S Ligu claimed 3 wickets for Arunachal, with Shivi Yadav settling for 2.
Arunachal Pradesh’s chase was off to a lacklustre start, with Bihar hitting the front early- Aditi Chauhan went for a 5 in the fourth over. Abhi chipped in 17 runs off 36 for Arunachal but her dismissal in the eighteenth over, followed by Megha Sharma’s departure for a duck looked like things would be unfavourable for the ARCA. The chase progressed slowly, with Runa contributing 26 off 48 for Arunachal Pradesh before retiring hurt. At the end of the innings, Arunachal stood at 127, for the loss of 7 wickets- a whopping 80 runs short of the target.
Both Anu Kumari and P Priya took 2 wickets each for Bihar.
Bihar 207 (Komal P Kumari 52, Prity 35, S Ligu 3/32, Shivi Yadav 2/39) won against Arunachal Pradesh 127 (Runa 26, P Priya 2/16) by 80 runs.