Sikkim U-19 women’s Cricket team made history; enters Knockout stage for 1st time

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Sikkim’s under-19 women’s cricket team made history on Monday, defeating Arunachal Pradesh to finish first in Plate Group and advance to the knockout stage of the Women’s Under-19 One Day Trophy for the first time. They are the second team from Sikkim to advance from the Plate Group in Indian domestic tournaments, following the under-16 men’s squad.

Sikkim won its sixth consecutive group stage match Thursday in Bhubaneshwar, defeating Arunachal Pradesh by 64 runs using the VJD system. A rain brought Arunachal Pradesh’s innings to an early halt at 17/3, and Sikkim won the match by the VJD method.

Sikkim reached 207/5 in 50 overs after electing to bat first. Samayita Roy Prodhan hit her second half-century of the group stage, and Dikcha Gurung, Pranita Chettri, Nandita Das, and Preetika Chettri also contributed with the bat to help Sikkim to a respectable total.

In response, Arunachal Pradesh were struggling at 17 for three when play was halted due to rain. Dikcha, the best bowler in Sikkimese cricket, got all three wickets for just three runs. With 10 wickets at an average of just 6.3 runs, Dikcha is Sikkim’s leading wicket-taker in the group stage. She is ranked 14th in the world in terms of most wickets taken.

Pranita, on the other hand, is the bowler with the most dot balls bowled in the Women’s Under-19 One Day Trophy so far, and she also has the sixth greatest economy rate.

Lobzang G. Tenzing, president of the Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA), stated the under-19 women’s outstanding achievement was due to SICA’s focus on grassroots development. “We started holding district camps this year which have kept the girls fit and in tune with cricket. We also found new talents at the camps,” said Lobzang.

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