*IGP distributes trophies among winners
Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 23: Jammu Superstars trounced Kathua Warriors by seven wickets in a thrilling contest and lifted the JKS Range Cricket Championship, being played at KC Sports Cricket Ground, here today.
Mukesh Singh, IGP Jammu was the chief guest in the valedictory function, while Shridhar Patil SSP Jammu was the guest of honour. The chief guest in presence of SSP Pawan Parihar, SP Rural Sanjay Sharma, Rajesh Gill Chief Prosecuting Officer and member Indian Cricket Association, Arjun Choudhary Managing Partner KC Sports Club and SDPO Kousheen Koul distributed prizes among the winners and runners-up teams.
The winning team was awarded with cash prizes of Rs25,000, whereas Rs15000 cash prize was given to runner-up team.
Earlier, in the summit clash, Kathua Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 146 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Nikhil scored with 46 runs, while Kawalpreet Singh (44) and Nishank contributed 18 runs to the total. From bowling side, Amaan and Kartik were the pick of the bowlers, who took two wickets each for the Jammu Superstars.
In reply, Jammu Superstars chased the target in 17.5 overs by losing three wickets, thus won the match by seven wickets. Achintiya played a brillant innings of 59 runs, while Kartik (27), Dhruv (24) and Rohan Gill (22). For Kathua Warriors, Anubhav took two wickets, whereas Vansh claimed one wicket.
Achintiya of Jammu Superstars was adjudged as man of the match in the final, whereas Kawalpreet and Anubhav of Kathua Warriors were declared best batsmen and Kartik of Jammu Superstars was declared man of the series for his al round performance in the championship.
Earlier, Rajesh Gill former Ranji Player & coordinator of the event and presented a detailed report about the championship in which six teams of three districts including Jammu, Samba and Kathua participated.
In his address, IGP Jammu lauded the efforts of the DIG Jammu and his team for conducting this Range Level Cricket Championship for the under-19 boys wherein top players of three districts participated. He also complimented the Jammu Superstars team for their great performance in the tournament and winning the title trophy of the event.
IGP also announced that soon a mega Zonal Level Cricket Championship for the under-19 cricketers of Jammu province will be organized at Jammu.
The tournament was organized by Range Police Headquarters Jammu under the Civic Action Program of J&K Police and under the supervision of DIG Jammu Vivek Gupta and SSP Pawan Parihar.