Chemplast proves its class

A jubilant Chemplast team with the trophy after winning the BCCI Corporate tournament recently.-

Chemplast emerged triumphant in the Raj Singh Dungarpur Corporate Trophy one-day cricket tournament at the Holkar ground in Indore recently.

Two men played central roles in the Chennai side winning the BCCI’s premier competition in this category. A responsible century by R. Sathish (105, 123 balls, 13x4, 2x6) and a match-winning six for 32 by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla enabled Chemplast defeat the star-studded India Cements by 79 runs in the final.

Responding to Chemplast’s 267 for seven in 50 overs, India Cements was bundled out for 188. Sathish was named Man of the Match.

In the summit clash in Indore, Chemplast bounced back from a worrying 84 for four after electing to bat with Sathish and Ajay Kudua (58, 75 balls, 6x4, 1x6) adding a crucial 132 for the fifth wicket in 137 balls. The chasing side, despite contributions from Vijay Shankar (67), Dinesh Karthik (44) and R. Ashwin (36) was never really in the hunt with Chawla striking telling blows.

Bharath Reddy, vice-president, Corporate Affairs, Chemplast, said, “By winning the Corporate Trophy we have proved that we are the best team in the country. There has been great support from the management, particularly from N. Sankar, chairman, Sanmar Group.”

Over the years, Chemplast has had a commendable record in various tournaments. It has won the Raja of Palayampatti Shield, the symbol of supremacy in the Chennai Senior Division League, on 18 occasions, including five times between 2000-2006 and thrice in the last five seasons (as Jolly Rovers). Chemplast has also won titles in the Moin-ud-Dowla (five times), KSCA (thrice), The Hindu Trophy (eight) and the Buchi Babu (thrice) tournaments.

The scores: Chemplast 267 for seven in 50 overs (R. Sathish 105, A. Kudua 58, Yomahesh four for 53) beat India Cements 188 in 45.1 overs (Vijay Shankar 67, D. Karthik 44, R. Ashwin 36, P. Chawla six for 32).

A Special Correspondent