Patiala, Jan 1 (UNI) Black Elephant Cricket Club, Patiala, narrowly defeated DMW, Patiala, in the final of sixth Dhruve Pandove Memorial Cricket Tournament (under-14) here at the Army ground yesterday.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Black Elephant Cricket Club scored 146 for seven in 40 overs. At one stage, they were 60 for five but thanks to a brilliant unbeaten knock of 45 by Karan Kaila and a cameo innings of 26 by Kanwarpal Singh, helped the Black Elephant Cricket Club to post a respectable total.
For DMW, Inderveer Yadav took two for 16 and Anmolpreet Singh and Ravikant bagged a wicket each, conceding 24 and 14 runs respectively.
In reply, DMW scored 129 for six in the allotted 40 overs and narrowly lost the match. Inderveer Yadav played a fine innings of 33 and Anmolpreet Singh scored an unbeaten 36 but could not save their team from defeat. For Black Elephant Cricket Club, Ajay Bharti captured two wickets giving away 29 runs.
At the prize distribution ceremony, Karan Kaila was declared boy of the tournament; Kohinoor Kalia emerged as the best batsman of the tournament; Ajay Bharti was declared the best bowler of the tournament; Abihnav Mehta captured the best wicketkeeper prize and Karan Kaila got the boy of the final match prize.
Former Ranji Trophy player, Brig Rajan Bakshi, was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony. He appreciated the efforts of H S Arora, organizing secretary of the tournament, to encourage competitive cricket at such a lower level. He assured financial assistance to the Black Elephant Cricket Club in order to promote cricket amongst the lower age group boys.