MLC Interstate Tournament, 3rd day December 3, 2005

Texas and Virginia through to final

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Washington 250 for 7 (49.1 overs, Chitneni 69, Srikanth 60, Chalise 51) beat Florida 136 (39.2 overs, Mark 63) by 124 runs

Exciting strokeplay by Washington's opening pair - yielding a 140-run opening partnership- set the tone for the last game of Group A. Throughout the innings, Florida had little chance of any comeback and Washington reached a formidable total of 250 after their quota of 50 overs. Their batting performance was ably supported by the Washington bowlers, with Bardan Chalise, Mehul, and Suresh taking three wickets each. The only resistance came from Florida's Mark, who scored 63 runs. With this win, Washington qualify for the third-place game on Sunday against North Carolina.

Group B

North Carolina 248 (49.1 overs, Ani Khandekar 58) v Virginia 235 for 5 (35 overs, Ameeq Khan 115) - Virginia were declared winner based on their superior run rate at close of play.

This game, the last match in Group B, was one of the most exciting and intense battles fought in Florida this week. Emotions ran high as the two neighbouring states were in a tight contest until the very end. North Carolina batted first and score 260 in the allotted 50 overs. The umpires and match referee then awarded NC a further 24 runs, penalizing Virginia for running over their time limit to bowl the 50 overs. With the knowledge that they may not be able to complete their quota of 50 overs, VA concentrated on maintaining a run rate slightly above NC's 5.68 per over. Ameeq Khan was the pick of the VA batting. Khan became the second centurion in the MLC competition, scoring 115 in today's game. Umpires called bad light after 35 overs, at which point VA run rate was 6.7, and were awarded the game.

Virginia will now face the mighty Texans in the finals of the National Interstate Cup tomorrow (12/4) at Brian Picolo Park Ground 1.

Remaining Matches Dec 4 - Final: Virginia vs Texas - 3rd-Place Play-off: Washington v North Carolina
Dec 5 - MLC 20/20 Festival: MLC`A v MLC B - West Indies Players' Association v England Players' Association. The final starts at 2pm