Kerala Under-19 women’s cricket team after defeating Nagaland in a BCCI U-19 women’s one-day super l…
Morung Express News
Dimapur | November 24
Nagaland on Friday created a record of sorts, albeit a rather unwanted one, when its Under-19 women’s team was bundled out for just two runs in a BCCI’s U-19 Women’s One-Day Super League match in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
With as many as nine batswomen getting out for ducks, the news made its way to the national media even as social media went abuzz with commentators having a field day over the rather unwanted record.
The Nagaland team having won the toss had elected to bat but it was an astonishing display from the young girls as they could only score 2 runs despite managing to survive for 17 overs. Menka was the only one who got on the scorecard with one run (off 18 balls) with the other run coming off a wide.
The target of three runs was knocked off in just one ball with Nagaland’s opening bowler Deepika Kaintura starting off with a wide after which the first legal ball was hit for a boundary by Kerala opener Ansu S. Raju as they won by 10 wickets.
NCA seeks support
In the aftermath of the embarrassing defeat, the Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA) on Friday evening issued a statement seeking support for its cricketers.
The NCA defended its players, reasoning that the state, despite not having an active women’s team, was the only North-Eastern side to qualify for the Super league.
Nagaland participated in a women’s competition for the first time after undergoing an intensive coaching camp at Dimapur under the guidance of first class cricketer Hokaito Zhimomi, the NCA stated and added that the team had earlier managed to beat Arunachal, Sikkim, Meghalaya and Manipur in a zonal event in what was its first ever tournament.
“By virtue of these performances, the team qualified for the super league and is now playing at Guntur against states that have been playing first class and international cricket for more than five decades,” the NCA reasoned.
Despite today’s defeat, the NCA expressed pride that its cricketers have been doing quite well and informed that two of its boys are part of the Combined U19 team of NE and Bihar – Tahmeed (Captain) and Petinezo Rupereo – for the One Day Vinoo Mankad Trophy and the four day Cooch Behar trophy.
It admitted the “huge” defeat was a “disappointment.” Nevertheless, the NCA appealed for support to state cricketers. “Our girls need encouragement and support for better performances in future,” it stated and assured that it will continue to pursue improvement of the game at all levels.