Principal Correspondent

Bangalore: Friends Union Cricket Club (FUCC) won the Y.S. Ramaswamy Trophy tournament after a last-minute twist that ruined Swastic Union Cricket Club's premature round of celebrations.

The final was headed towards a close finish at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday with FUCC needing nine runs with just one wicket in hand during the last over bowled by Chetan William while chasing Swastic's 301.

However FUCC's hopes were seemingly dashed when Arjun charged out for a non-existent run off the first ball and was left stranded while defending champion Swastic Union was understandably upbeat. The ecstasy was short-lived though as a penalty of 10 runs was awarded to FUCC as the final had gone beyond the scheduled closure of 5.10 p.m. and the match concluded at 5.23 p.m.

One over short

As per the tournament rules, Swastic was deemed to have bowled one over short in the stipulated time and was penalised while FUCC won the match despite originally finishing with 293. The penalty runs helped FUCC nudge its tally to 303.

Earlier, Swastic scored 301 with Bharath Chipli's 140 (136b, 16x4, 4x6) shining bright and later M. Nidish's 132 (132b, 14x4, 3x6) helped FUCC inch close despite a steady fall of wickets.

The scores (final): Swastic Union Cricket Club 301 in 49.1 overs (Bharath Chipli 140, C.M. Goutam 56, Raju Bhatkal 27, Sunil Raju four for 65) lost to FUCC 303 in 49.1 overs (inclusive of 10 penalty runs) (M. Nidish 132, Shyam Ponnappa 38, B. Akhil 37, Sadiq Kirmani 31, Sunil Raju 29, N.C. Aiyappa three for 61) .

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