Kerala Ranji star Abhishek Hegde hit 91 as IOB (Chennai) brushed aside Thiruvananthapuram’s Muthoot Yamaha Masters by 80 runs and entered the semifinals of the 26th BPCL all-India cricket tournament at Ambalamugal on Friday evening.
In another quarterfinal, former Kerala captain Raiphi Vincent Gomez’s 89 and C.P. Shahid’s five wickets helped SBT (Thiruvananthapuram) defeat host BPCL Kochi Refinery by 27 runs.
Meanwhile the KCA Senior Academy, packed with junior talent, continued its stunning run and made it to the last-four stage along with Kochi’s Tripunithura CC.
The scores (quarterfinals): At Ambalamugal SBT (Tvm) 214 for nine in 30 overs (Raiphi Vincent Gomez 89, V.A. Jagadeesh 46, Ramakrishnan 34 n.o.) bt BPCL (Kochi) 187 for nine in 30 overs (P.M. Jineesh 63, K.S. Vishnu 36, C.P. Shahid five for 32, Jagadeesh three for 45).
IOB (Chennai) 244 for nine in 30 overs (Abhishek Hegde 91, S. Murali 54, S.P. Nathan 62, Mohammed Irshad six for 41) bt Muthoot Yamaha Masters (Tvm) 164 in 29.5 overs (R. Jithin 45, M.K. Akshay 36, G.V.S. Prasad three for 21).
At Tripunithura: KCA Sr. Academy (Ekm) 173 for nine in 30 overs (Md. Azharudheen 50, Vishnu N. Babu 32, M. Murali four for 45) bt Force 1 (Chennai) 123 in 28 overs (Chandrashekhar 32, Abdul Safar four for 42, Vishnu N. Babu three for 35).
Tripunithura CC (Kochi) 209 for nine in 30 overs (Bibin Ommen 82, Sreerag Sanal 66, Unni three for 33) bt First Flight (Chennai) 101 in 28.4 overs (Tilbin three for 35, M.S. Akhil three for 20). — Special Correspondent