Lokmat emerge champs

Media Coverage | 04-03-2024

Clinch SJAN cricket crown for eighth time, drub Punyanagari by 84 runs in final

Lokmat drubbed Punyanagari by huge margin of 84 runs to retain the title in 24th Ankur Seeds-SJAN Inter-Press Cricket Tournament organised by Sports Journalists’ Association of Nagpur (SJAN) at Vasant Nagar ground, here on Sunday.

This is eighth title of Lokmat in inter-press cricket tournament. Lokmat won the toss and elected to bat first in the overcast conditions. Their decision proved correct as they piled up a huge total of 234 for nine in 20 overs.

Thanks to the man-of-the-match Nitin Shriwas who slammed 62 in just 27 balls hitting eight boundaries and three sixes. Sarang Walwatkar (46, 21 b, 1×4, 2×6) ably supported him. They made 85-run partnership for the third wicket that set the tone of the match. Explosive Nitin Pataria knocked off (31, 21b, 1×4, 2×6). Valuable contributions also came from Sharad Mishra (16) and Sachin Khadke (12). For Punyanagari, Sanjay Thakre, Shridhar Hatagade and Dipak Mane claimed two wickets each.

In reply, despite left-handed Pankaj Pande’s fighting (75, 49b, 13×4) Punyanagari were able to score 150 for 8 in 20 overs. Sanjay Thakre (23) and Shridhar Hatagade (18) were other scorers.

For Lokmat, Sarang Walwatkar (2 for 21) and Sharad Mishra (2 for 27) were main wicket takers.

Later company secretary of Ankur Seeds Wasudeo Umalkar, Sunil Kuhikar of Shankhanad, Shrirang Tembhekar of Vicco and Lakhan Jaiswal of Lakhan Jaiswal Communications distributed the prizes. SJAN president Dr Ram Thakur made introductory remarks. Naresh Shelke conducted the proceedings. Secretary Paritosh Pramanik shared the dais. Vicco and KIMS Kingsway provided gift hampers to the players.


Individual prizes

n Man of-the-series: Nitin Pataria (Lokmat), best batsman: Pankaj Pande (Punyanagari), best bowler: Prajwal Harne (Sakal), best wicketkeeper: Shrikant Kotgule (Punyanagari),

man-of-the-final: Nitin Shriwas (Lokmat).

Jubilant Lokmat team members with the chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda after winning 24th Ankur Seeds-SJAN Inter-Press Cricket Tournament on Sunday. Also seen are Director of Lokmat Media  Ashok Jain, senior general manager (operations) Ashish Jain, senior editor of Lokmat Samachar Vikas Mishra, editor of Lokmat Times NK Nayak, editor of Lokmat Shrimant Mane, senior event manager Atish Wankhede and others.

Man-of-the-series Nitin Pataria receiving trophy from guests.

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