Third time’s Pakyong charm

Monday, Apr 08, 2024 08:30 [IST]

Last Update: Monday, Apr 08, 2024 03:02 [IST]

Third time’s Pakyong charm

GANGTOK,: A year after their heartbreak in the SICA ‘A’ Division final in 2023, Pakyong XI emerged triumphant today, a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Cricket Association of Tathangchen, meaning they are now the first team to  conquer the ‘C’ Division, ‘B’ Division and ‘A’ Division titles.

In their third final appearance in as many as elite tournaments, including Vinod Pradhan Memorial Trophy last month, Parvin Kuikel led from the front as Pakyong XI registered an easy eight-wicket win over Cricket Association of Tathangchen at the Sikkim Cricket Ground, Mining on Sunday.

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Pakong XI took wickets at regular interval. The Cricket Association of Tathangchen struggled to build momentum and was ultimately bowled out for 113 runs. Leg spinner Parvin recorded excellent figures of 8-2-22-4, while Om Saini bagged two wickets.

Senior batters AJ Surya and Lee Yong Lepcha (C) seemed to have steadied the innings but Parvin pinned both right in front to trigger a collapse with their last five wickets falling for just 19 runs.

Chasing 114, Pakyong XI encountered an early setback with the loss of opener Karma Thinley. However, Om Saini found his form and Pranesh Chettri and Bhaskar Bhardwaj were at their best. The trio ensured a smooth sail for Pakyong, reaching the target in 17.1 overs.

Parvin Kuikel was adjudged player of the match for his brilliant bowling performance, while Bhaskar Bhardwaj won the player of the tournament award for his all-round display (189 runs and 7 wickets). Bhardwaj also claimed the title of highest run scorer, while Lee Yong Lepcha finished as the highest wicket taker with 11 dismissals.

With the triumph, Pakyong XI became only the third to win the tournament after Alpine Sporting Club and Black Eagles.

SICA president Tika Subba, accompanied by secretary Rinzing Namgyal Bhutia and treasurer Mukesh Agarwal, presented trophies, medals, and a cheque of Rs. 2 lakh to the Pakyong XI team, while the Cricket Association of Tathangchen received Rs. 1 lakh.  


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