Punjab, State declared joint winners

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Panckula, June 1: Haryana and Punjab shared the trophy in the rain-marred final of the first All India Under-17 National Federation Cup Cricket Tournament organised by Cricket Federation of India at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Sector 3 here last night.

On the spin of coins, Punjab got the custody of the trophy for the first six months and Haryana will keep it for the next six months. A prize money of Rs 16,100 was shared by both teams.

Required to score 170 for triumph, rain and dust storm first interrupted the final after Haryana had played just two overs.

The match resumed after 23 minutes. However, it started raining heavily again after 7.5 overs and at that stage Haryana were reeling at 56 for 4. No further play was possible and the organising committee declared Haryana and Punjab joint winners.

It was Ishan Ali of Punjab who dealt three quick blows to Haryana. The Punjab medium pacer dismissed opener Suman Kumar (12), Ruplinder Saini (10) and Ashok (6). Gursaibh got the wicket of Pranav Nanda (19).

Earlier, Punjab piled up a good total of 169 for 7 in 25 overs. Openers Pardeep Gill (41, 6x4s), Charanamrit (39, 8x4s) gave their team a flying start with a 66-run partership. Pardeep Gill and Pardeep Gill Junior (21, 3x4s) put on 40 runs for the second wicket stand before Junior Gill was bowled by Mohit Garg.

Later, Harpreet Mander (34, 4x4s) and Harmanpreet Singh (12 not out) were associated in a 34-run partnership for sixth wicket. Vikram Vir Singh remained not out on 10. Haryana bowlers Ashok Kumar (2 for 9) and Mohit Garg (2 for 27) were most successful bowlers.

Pranav Nanda (best batsman), Gursahib Singh (best bowler) and Charanamrit (best all-rounder) were declared players of the tournament.

Brief scores: Punjab: 169 for 7 in 25 overs (Pardeep Gill 41, 6x4s, Charanamrit 39, 8x4s, Pardeep Gill Jr 31, Harpreet Mander 34, 4x4s, Harmanpreet Singh not out 12, Vikram Vir Singh not out 10, Ashok Kumar 2 for 9, Mohit Garg 2 for 27, Rupinder Saini 1 for 25, Pranav Nanda 1 for 16).

Haryana: 56 for 4 in 7.5 overs (Suman Kumar 12, Pranav Nanda 19, Ruplinder Saini 10, Ishan Ali 3 for 27, Gursahib Singh 1 for 26).

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