Shillong, Mar 6: Tura District Cricket Association A booked their place in the state final of the Meghalaya Cricket Association’s Inter-District U-23 Men’s Cricket Tournament with a smashing victory by an innings and 116 runs against North Garo Hills in the Zone 2 final in Mendipathar today.

Having been skittled for 65 in the first innings, to which TDCA-A replied with 292, NGH began their second innings today still requiring 227 runs to make their opponents bat again, a seriously uphill task.

In the end, they were all out for 111, with Manish Sharma taking his second five-for in the match (5/38), giving him match figures of 11/49 after he bagged 6/11 in the first innings yesterday.

Opening batsman Success R Marak produced a patient half-century, making 52 in 139 deliveries before being given out for obstructing the field. Drabest Marak (17), Gilseng Momin (16) and Dairo A Marak (15) got starts but could not push on.

As in their first innings, North Garo Hills got a good start – they had reached 87/2 before losing their last eight wickets for 24 runs.

To go along with Sharma’s five-wicket haul, Purav Agarwal scalped 4/22 as TDCA-A completed victory in 58.1 overs.

The Tura-A team will now wait for the Zone 1 final between Shillong Cricket Association A and Ri-Bhoi, which will begin on Monday in Nongpoh.

(Meghalaya Cricket Association photo)

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