Manipur bowl a shocking 94 wides, Nagaland 42 in BCCI U-19 women's one-day match

Nagaland eves won the match by 117 runs to log four points, but it was learnt that girls from both the northeastern states were at times not even able to land the ball on the 22-yard square.

PTI, November 01, 2017

An astounding 136 wide balls were bowled during a BCCI U-19 women's one-day match between Nagaland and Manipur being played at Dhanbad on Wednesday.

The match, which is a part of the inaugural NE-Bihar U-19 one-day competition being organised by the cricket board, saw Manipur bowling 94 wide balls while Nagaland were a shade better with 42.

Nagaland eves won the match by 117 runs to log four points, but it was learnt that girls from both the northeastern states were at times not even able to land the ball on the 22-yard square.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Sample this: Nagaland were all out for 215 in 38 overs and as per the scorecard available on BCCI website, Mushkan (54) and Pori (24) were the only two batswomen, who managed to score in double digits.

But Manipur bowled 94 wide deliveries, which meant nearly 15.4 extra overs. Despite the bowling side's profligacy, Nagaland women lasted 38 overs, and had a decent score to look forward to.

In reply, Manipur were all out for 98 in 27.3 overs with Nagaland bowling seven extra overs (42 wides). In Manipur innings, there were two players who got into double figures.

Seterni (17) and Ronibala Thokchom (24) crossed the 10- run mark while Pori of Nagaland got five wickets for 16 runs.

The match was being played at the Nehru Stadium in Jealgora, Dhanbad.

The Committee of Administrators (COA) wants to integrate northeastern states into the BCCI set-up but the match was an example that aspiring cricketers from the region need top quality coaching facility from the cricket board.

"There is always a beginning. As the teams from NE states will play more matches, they will certainly get better. The idea to have a one day league between NE states is to given the exposure to competitive cricket. With state of the art coaching, one can only get better," Naba Bhattacharjee, the Meghalaya CA top boss and the convenor of NE states in BCCI told PTI on Wednesday.

However, a few BCCI officials, who were present during the match, conceded that it's not about the wide balls bowled but the "wide gap" that exists, which needs to be bridged.

"It looks nice to throw these girls at the deep end of the pool but when you are playing a National U-19 championship, just knowing the basics of cricket well won't suffice. You need to be at least be competitive," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Updated Date: Nov 01, 2017

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1
Punjab
5 4 1 0 8
2
Chennai
4 3 1 0 6
3
Kolkata
6 3 3 0 6
4
Hyderabad
4 3 1 0 6
5
Bangalore
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6
Rajasthan
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7
Mumbai
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8
Delhi
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1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111