Goa has made it back to the Elite Group of the Ranji Trophy by defeating Mizoram by an innings and 211 runs and finishing on top of the Plate Group with fifty points at the Elite Group at CCFC ground in Kolkata on Thursday.
“The boys have shown that we are a force to reckon with at the national level and that talent does exist in Goa. I look at this as a beautiful beginning to our term,” said GCA president Suraj Lotlikar, after news of Goa’s emphatic win over Mizoram flashed around.
Goa had declared the first innings on 490 for 4 and bowled Mizoram out for 109 in the first innings and asked them to follow on. However, Mizoram was bowled for 170 runs in their second innings leaving Goa with an innings and 211 run win.
Goa collected seven points from this win leaving hot contenders Pondicherry out of the race. Pondicherry are on 41 points and even if they win with seven points they will finish with 48 points.
Captain Amit Verma, who claimed two wickets in Mizoram’s first innings, claimed five Mizoram second innings wickets to end up with a haul of seven wickets. “It is an exciting moment for all of us in the dressing room. Credit to all who made this happen,” Amit told The Navhind Times over the phone.
Vijesh Prabhudesai claimed two second innings wickets whilst Felix Alemao, Darhsna Misal and Amulya Pandrekar claimed a wicket a piece.
Nineteen wickets tumbled on the extended second day with Mizoram skipper KB Pawan waging a lone battle remaining unbeaten on 111, even as seven of their batsmen failed to reach double digits in their second innings.
The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has declared a cash reward of Rs 50,000 to each player and Rs 25,000 to each support staff.
“I was confident of the team’s performance. The boys have shown their capabilities and they should take it from here. They should now aim for bigger things,” GCA secretary Vipul Rege told The Navhind Times.
“If Goa did not do well in the last few years it was
because there was a lot of interference in GCA functioning. Now that the spoil
sports have decided to leave us alone, our work is being demonstrated on the
field. It is not just a proud moment for the players but the past and present
members managing GCA,” stated former GCA secretary
Goa 490/4 declared. Mizoram 109; 40.2 overs (Taruwar Kohli 50 not out; Amulya Pandrekar 3/17, Lakhshay Garg 3/18) and 170; 65 overs (Pawan KB 111 not out; Amit Verma 5/39). Goa won by an innings and 211 runs.