December 7, 2000

J & K get the better of Services

A couple of fine performances by Services players could not prevent their team going down to a 29- run defeat at the hands of Jammu & Kashmir in the North Zone Ranji Trophy one day encounter at the Harbax Singh stadium in New Delhi on Thursday.

Put in to bat, J & K were restricted to 175 for nine in 50 overs. Wickets fell at regular intervals with SV Ghag (3 for 30) and Arun Sharma (3 for 31) doing most of the damage. But perhaps the most impressive performance came from wicketkeeper Sarabjit Singh who brought off two catches and two stumpings.

Services too found runs hard to come by and they were ultimately bowled out for 146 in 46.1 overs. The only batsman to put up a semblance of a fight was SD Nadkarni. Going in at 40 for one in the 15th over, Nadkarni scored a valiant 51 before he was ninth out at 133 in the 44th over. Nadkarni faced 80 balls and hit just one boundary. But he received very little support and the result was that J & K were able to pull off a creditable victory.