Black Eagles beat Alpine for second straight Khangchendzonga Shield title

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Black Eagles beat Alpine for second straight Khangchendzonga Shield title

SAMIR NUGO

GANGTOK,: Black Eagles came good on their mission to win the Khangchendzonga Shield 2022 and defended their title, as Alpine Sporting Club fell 31 runs short of the 250-run target in the final at Sikkim Cricket Ground, at Mining.

Black Eagles captain Palzor Tamang won the toss and chose to bat first and put 249 runs on the board, in 40 overs for the loss of six wickets. The in-form Atharva Kale hammered an unbeaten 152 off 117 balls and Shreedhar Barot (25) and Rohan Fand (15) were the other main contributors. Alpine bowler Sumit Singh picked 2/47, while Md Ronak, Amit Rajera, Tarun Sharma and Sandeep Tomar picked a wicket apiece.

Chasing 250 runs, Alpine SC fell short by 31 runs as their batsmen despite good starts could not convert them into big scores, despite a valiant effort from Sandeep Tomar (56) and Sumit Singh (42). The other batsmen failed to build on their individual good starts and a 51-run partnership for the first wicket.

Young left-arm spinner Tusya Naman was the star of their neat bowling performance. He took 4/38 and derailed Alipine’s innings. The Black Eagles picked up wickets regularly to restrict Alpine from gaining enough momentum.  

Apline skipper Nilesh Lamichaney lamented the fact that his side conceded an extra 20-30 runs which cost them the title.

After guiding Black Eagles, a Sikkim Police team, to second straight title, Palzor Tamang said, “This season was the toughest one for us. We had to fight for every win. After a hard-earned victory in the semi-final, we gave our best today and won.”   

Atharva Kale was awarded player of the match for his brilliant innings which included 20 fours and four sixes. The right-hander also finished as highest scorer of the tournament, accumulating 514 runs in six innings. The player of the tournament award was presented to Jorethang Brothers Cricket Club’s Sonu Kumar Singh.     

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi