Moin ud Dowla Gold Cup: Andhra Colts overpowers Goa CA

Andhra scored a challenging 292 for nine in 50 overs thanks primarily to fluent knocks by openers C.R. Gnaneshwar (68, 63b, 4x4, 3x6) and K. Maheep Kumar (50, 57b, 3x4, 1x6) who put on 101 runs in 17.3 overs.

Andhra Colts captain D.B. Ravi Teja in action during his half-century against Goa in the All India Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup cricket tournament in Hyderabad on Wednesday.   -  Subramanyam Vemparala

Andhra Colts recorded a convincing, 118-run win over Goa Cricket Association to stay in contention for a slot in the knock-out phase of the Coromandel King All India Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup invitation cricket tournament at Gymkhana Ground here on Wednesday.

Electing to bat, Andhra scored a challenging 292 for nine in 50 overs thanks primarily to fluent knocks by openers C.R. Gnaneshwar (68, 63b, 4x4, 3x6) and K. Maheep Kumar (50, 57b, 3x4, 1x6) who put on 101 runs in 17.3 overs.

Then, it was captain D.B. Ravi Teja who followed up his century in the first round yesterday with another useful half-century today (55, 73b, 3 x 4) to ensure Andhra set a demanding target to the Goa with Dhruv Kumar Reddy (33) and P. Girinath Reddy (33) chipping in with handy contributions too.

For Goa, seasoned campaigner and medium-pacer Saurabh Bandekar (three for 72) was the pick of the bowlers after being roughly treated at the start of the innings.

Chasing a difficult target, Goa was never really in the hunt losing wickets at regular intervals as medium-pacer S.K. Kamaruddin (three for 18) bowled well. Injured Lakshay Garg did not bat for Goa.

In another match at AOC Ground, Comprtoller & Auditor General pulled off an impressive, four-wicket win over Vidarbha thanks to a fine century from Arpit Vasavada (106, 140b, 8 x 4, 1 x 6) and a useful unbeaten half-century by Ankit Sharma (57 not out, 86 b).

Jyotsnil Singh cracked 103 (138b, 5x4, 2x6) to help Baroda score a 95-run win over Kerala in another match at RRC Ground.

The scores:

Andhra Colts 292 for nine in 50 overs (C.R. Gnaneshwar 68, K. Maheep Kumar 50, Dhruv Kumar Reddy 33, D.B. Ravi Teja 55, P. Girinath Reddy 33, Saurabh Bandekar three for 72) bt Goa CA 174 for nine in 49.2 overs (Darrshan Misal 48, S.K. Kamruddin three for 18) - Injured Lakshay Garg did not bat for Goa.

Vidarbha CA 211 for seven in 50 overs (Urvesh Patel 73, Apoorva Wankhade 51, Shaurya Sanandia four for 45) lost to CAG 212 for six in 49.3 overs (Arpit Vasavada 106, Ankit Sharma 57 not out).

Combined Districts 78 in 35 overs (Gaurav Kumar five for six) lost to Air India 83 for one in nine overs (Hiten Dalal 40 not out).

Baroda CA 222 for sven in 50 overs (Prabhav Thaker 30, Jyotsnil Singh 103) bt Kerala CA 127 in 34.1 overs (Rohan Kunnummel 70, Ninad Rathwa five for 29).