Mens U-25 State A Trophy
Excelsior Sports Correspondent
RAJKOT, Nov 29: Musaif Ajaz was at his murderous best in his superb century and skipper Kanhaiya Wadhawan was brilliant in his ton, while left-arm spinner Vanshaj Sharma once again spun web around the rival batsmen and young speedster Manit Jasrotia impressed one and all as Jammu and Kashmir crushed minnows Sikkim by a huge margin of 294 runs to qualify for the knockout stage in the ongoing U-25 State A Trophy at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot today.
J&K is now just two steps away from writing a new chapter in the cricketing history by winning two important battles at hand and making it to the finals of this prestigious Trophy.
Earlier, batting first, J&K posted a huge total of 394 runs on board as talented middle-order batsman Musaif Ajaz slammed yet another cracking century, while skipper Kanhaiya Wadhawan also scored a magnificent century. Both the batsmen toyed with the rival bowlers to sent them on a leather hunt. Musaif scored 163 runs off 112 balls, studded with 7 fours and 8 sixes, while Kanhaiya contributed 131 runs off 107 balls with 7 boundaries and 2 sixes. Vivrant Sharma (36), Lone Nasir Muzaffar (20*) and Kawal Preet Singh (19) were the other contributors.
For Sikkim, Aadil bagged 3 wickets while Igsho Limbo took two.
In reply, Sikkim bundled out for paltry 100 runs, thus lost the match by a huge margin of 294 runs. Aamir and skipper Arun contributed 28 and 25 runs to the total respectively.
For J&K, Vanshaj Sharma and Manit Jasrotia took 4 wickets each by conceding 23 and 11 runs respectively.
The Sub Committee Members of JKCA congratulated the team for this splendid victory.
“#U25StateATrophy Congratulations JKCA on entering the knock out phase. Yet another achievement. Take each victory in your stride till you reach the ultimate goal. J&K is emerging as a force to reckon with in domestic cricket. #JKCA,” tweeted Brig Gupta
The team is being accompanied by former First Class cricketer Sarabjeet Singh as Head Coach, Hilal Ahmed Zargar and Vivek Khajuria as Manager and Co-Manager respectively, Kavaljeet Singh as as Batting Coach, Sameer Ali as Bowling Coach, Guru Partap Singh as Trainer, Sahil Magotra as Performance/Video Analyst, Dr Chirag Pandya as Physio and Arun as Masseur.