Mangaluru, Feb 07, 2018: Mumbai Paltans with a hat-trick by Gurudas Shenoy (3-3) powered their way to GSB Premier League (GPL) title in their maiden appearance in the second edition of the tournament that ended at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management ground, Adyar on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 51 set by Kalabhairava Cricketers, Karkala, the Mumbai side reached the target with four balls to spare in an eight-over-a-side match.
Sensible batting by man-of-the-series Prasad Nayak (17) meant that Mumbai Paltans despite a slow start were able to capitalize with wickets in hand to coast home to a six-wicket win. Earlier, put into but, the Karkala side that was 49-4 going into the final over could only add a single run thanks to tight fielding and Gurudas’ exploits with the ball. The Mumbai side that took home Rs 2.22 lakh and a trophy had beaten the Karkala side in the first qualifier as well.
On the distaff side, Gurpur Gladiators registered a facile 13-run win in the finals against Vijaya Cricketers, Saligrama. Aided by a belligerent 22 by woman of the series Shwetha Pai and fine support from Vidya Pai (18 not out), the Gurupur side coasted to 50 for 2 in their allotted four overs. Two tight opening overs meant Vijaya Cricketers could muster only 37 without losing a wicket in the run chase. Gurpur Gladiators took home Rs 44,444 and a trophy for their efforts.
Other awards: Women: Best bowler: Anusha (Vijaya Cricketers), best batswoman: Mahima (Vijaya Cricketers), Woman of the series: Shwetha Prabhu; Men: Best bowler: Surendra Pai (Kalabhairava Cricketers), best batsman: Chirag Shanbhag (Mumbai Paltans); Emerging player: Aditya Pai (Kalabhairava Cricketers); Fair play award: Royce Strikers, Koteshwara.