Naman Sharma’s back-to-the-wall century went in vain as Collage SC lost by two wickets to defending champion Sporting CC in the 41st Goswami Ganesh Dutt memorial cricket tournament.

Put in, at the St. Stephen’s ground here on Sunday,

CSC collapsed to 94 for the loss of eight wickets.

But a 36-run ninth wicket stand, followed by a 70-run partnership between Naman Sharma and Ravinder Chaudhary for the final wicket, helped it reach 200.

Sharma smashed seven fours and eight sixes on his way to 118 from 107 balls. Chaudhary contributed only two runs to the partnership but hung on as Sharma went about scoring at the other end.

Sporting’s start was equally bad and it won largely due to Surender

Dahiya’s unbeaten 43-run along with Himanshu Rana’s patient 74.

Although Rana held up at one end, his partners couldn’t. At one point, Sporting’s score was 129 for five after 27 overs.

The match turned after the arrival of Man of the Match Dahiya.

A flurry of wickets towards the end meant 22 runs were needed from three overs with only a couple of wickets in hand.

But with the Power Play on and Dahiya hitting three boundaries, the match was over with nine balls to spare.

The scores:

Collage SC 200 in 39.4 overs (Naman Sharma 118, Rohit Saini three for 22, Vision Panchal three for 10) lost to Sporting CC 202 for eight in 38.3 overs (Himanshu Rana 74, Surender Dahiya 43 n.o., Khushnadul four for 43).

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