Rajasthan, Chandigarh unbeaten enroute to U-23 One-day trophy quarterfinals

Women's CricZone Staff
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Sanjula Naik, Shreya Parab's mammoth stand for Goa stand out on Day 4

Sanjula Naik (L) and Shreya Parab of Goa. © Sanjula Naik

Rajasthan maintained their unbeaten record while Andhra Pradesh were handed their first defeat of the tournament by Jharkhand in their last clash as the group stages of Women’s U-23 One-day trophy concluded on Saturday (February 15). Besides Rajasthan, the other seven teams progressing to the quarterfinal round are Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Kerala, Himachal, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, and Delhi.

Goa’s Sanjula Naik top-scored with the bat accumulating 383 runs in the Elite group at an average of 54.71 including three half-centuries and a century. She also picked up 13 wickets to cap a memorable run in the competition. In the plate category, Sikkim’s Rinki Rajak with 568 runs topped the charts at a mind-boggling average of 113.60. Among the bowlers, Kashvee Gautam of Chandigarh is at the peak with 31 scalps to her name including three five-wicket hauls.

Group A:

Teams: Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Delhi, Karnataka, Bengal, Railways, Odisha, Hyderabad and Punjab.

Qualified: Andhra, Jharkhand, and Delhi.

Andhra were phenomenal during the group stages. Not only they played fearless cricket but they also showed great intent winning seven of the eight games. The other two qualified teams from the group were Jharkhand and Delhi with both of them managing to win six each out of their eight respective matches. Andhra’s Jhansi Lakshmi was phenomenal with both bat and ball scoring 280 runs and picking up 16 wickets from eight games. For Jharkhand, it was allround team effort that helped them consistently beat the more fancied teams. For Delhi, Simran Dil Bahadur was the stand-out performer scoring 228 runs and also chipping in with 13 wickets.


Group B:

Teams: Himachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Baroda, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Vidarbha.

Qualified: Himachal and Kerala.

Like, Jharkhand and Delhi, Himachal Pradesh too notched up six wins in eight matches and topped the group B table with 26 points. While they lost only against Maharashtra, Himachal’s game against Gujarat was abandoned due to rain. Sushmita Kumari topped the bowling charts for Himachal with 14 wickets while Chitra Jamwal with scored 257 runs led the way. On the other hand, five wins were enough for Kerala to progress into the next round.


Group C:

Teams: Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Goa, Haryana, Saurashtra, Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Assam

Qualified: Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

For Rajasthan, it was all about planning and execution to great effect as they won all their group C games. SR Jat top-scored with 277 runs for Rajasthan. For Uttarakhand, they just lost two matches. Jyoti Giri was the highest run-getter for Uttarakhand with 325 runs.



Teams: Chandigarh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur, Jammu & Kashmir, Pondicherry, Meghalaya, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, and Mizoram. 

Qualified: Chandigarh

Like Rajasthan, Chandigarh too qualified for the quarterfinals without losing a single encounter in the nine league matches they played. Amanjot Kaur was the top scorer for Chandigarh with 457 runs in eight innings with two fifties and a lone century.


Quarterfinals line-up

March 24: Andhra Pradesh vs Chandigarh

March 24: Himachal Pradesh vs Uttarakhand

March 25: Delhi vs Rajasthan

March 25: Jharkhand vs Kerala