CHANDIGARH, OCT 6 : A powerful 162-run association for the third wicket partnership between Aksdeep Nath (112) and Atimoze Singh (72) helped Reliant-1 beat PCC by six wickets with 9 balls to spare in the day-night final of the 20th All-India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament held at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here tonight.
Chasing a victory target of 248 set by Punjab Cricket Club, Reliance-1 suffered an early loss as their opener Smit Patel (7) was out with scoreboard reading 8 after 4.5 overs. Patel was caught by Kaul of the bowling of Sandeep Sharma (2 for 40).
With the addition of just three runs, new comer Rakesh Solanki (1) returned to the pavilion caught by Rahul of the bowling of Kaul (1 for 41). Then opener Aksdeep Nath, who was adjudged the man of the match and Amitoze Singh (72) bolstered their innings with a 162 runs association for the third wicket in 117 minutes. This partnership was broken by Sandeep who had Amitoze Singh caught by Kohli. At his stage, Reliance-1 were 173 for 3 in 36.5 overs. Aksdeep Nath then put on 47 runs for fourth wicket stand with Milind Kumar (32 not out). Akasdeep was bowled by Rahul Sharma (1 for 66). Akshdeep Nath played a sold 135-ball 112 which was studded with seven fours.
Milind Kumar and Yogesh Nagar remained not out on 15 as Reliance-1 surpassed their rivals score by scoring 248 for 4 in 48.3 overs.
Earlier, PCC posted 247 all out in 49.1 overs. Opener Jeevan Jot (52) and Taruwar Kohli were associated in a 71 runs partnership for the third wicket. Taruwar and Gurkeerat Mann (28) put on 44 runs for fourth wicket stand. Taruwar Kohli and Sharad Loomba (42) stitched a partnership for 94 runs for fifth wicket.
Pawan Suyal (3 for 47) and Yogesh Nagar (3 for 15) were the most successful bowler for Reliance-1.
Mr. Sameer Mathur Addl. Chief Secretary Haryana gave away the winners trophy and a cash prize of Rs.2.00 lakh to Reliance-I and the Runners up Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1.00 lakh to PCC.
PCC: 247 in 49.1 overs (Jeevanjot Singh 52, 3x4s, Ravi Inder Singh 12, Taruwar Kohli 81 5x4s, Gurkeerat Mann 28, Sharad Loomba 42 2x4s, 1×6, Pawan Suyal 3 for 47, Yogesh Nagar 3 for 15,Beant Singh 1 for 44, Ketal Patel 1 for 33, Pawan Negi 1 for 45)
Reliance-1: 248 for 4 in 48.3 overs (Aksdeep Nath 112, 7x4s 135 balls,, Amitoze Singh 72, 5x4s, 1×6, Milind Kumar not out 32, 3×4, Yogesh Nagar not out 16, Sandeep Sharma 2 for 40, Siddharth Kaul 1 for 41, Rahul Sharma 1 for 66).
MOM: Aksdeep Nath
Best Batsman: Aksdeep Nath. Best Bowler: Charanjit Singh (DASCB), DP Azad Award for most technical batsman: Sharad Loomba (PCC). Man of the Series: Ankit Sharma (MPCA).