Semi final line up finalised in Ashok Sodhi cricket tourney

Jammu: Four teams have qualified for the Ashok Sodhi Memorial Cricket Tournament being played here at Maulana Azad Cricket Stadium.
The tournament is being organised by the Press Club of Jammu in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council under ‘my Youth My Pride’ programme
The Press Club of Jammu is organising the tournament as a tribute in memory of senior photojournalist Ashok Sodhi—who had attained martyrdom while performing his professional duties during a fierce encounter between militants and security forces at Samba on May 11, 2008.
As per the organisers, the first semifinals will be played between BPCL and Teachers Association and in the second semifinal match, Rotary Club will meet Veteran Cricket Association at the mentioned venue.
Earlier in the first quarterfinals, Teachers Association defeated Jammu Sports Veterans by eight wickets.
Batting first after winning the toss, Jammu Sports Veterans scored 128 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.
Skipper Sameer Khajuria scored highest 45 runs off 36 balls with three boundaries and one over the fence. Vicky with 33 runs and Pankaj with 12 runs were the other key batsmen for Jammu Sports Veterans.
From winning side Ajay Rana, Anil Rana shared three wickets each and Anuj and Amol claimed one each to topple opponents’ innings.
Chasing the target, Teachers Association for the loss of two wickets, won the match in 13.2 overs. Akash Sharama with 58 runs off 32 deliveries (8×4, 2×6) sailed his side to the semis. Nikhil 20, Anmol 19, Maneesh Sharma (C) scored 17 runs in partnerships with Akash.
Vikram Dogra claimed one wicket for his side.
However, in the second semifinal, Veterans Cricket Association J&K XI rattled the Invincible Revenue Club by 140 runs to enter the semis with style.
The Veteran loaded side scored a fantastic 214 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs.
Bhanu Gupta remained star performer of the match with 104 runs from 62 deliveries with 15 boundaries and a sixer followed by Aryan Slathia 34 runs off 25 balls with five boundaries followed by Akhil Slathia (18) and Rajesh Khatri (15).
Sushant Ganjoo from Invincible Revenue Club took two wickets while Sonu Hunk, Sudesh Verma and Raghav shared one wicket each.
Batting for second inning, Invincible Revenue Club tumbled like bi-cycles in a row for 74 runs for the loss of 10 wickets in 14 overs.
Raghav was the lone highest scorer for the losing side with 54 runs followed by Farooq Thikriya 11 runs.
From Veterans Cricket Association J&K XI, Rajesh Khatri crippled rivals side with a six-wicket haul while Rahul Faheem, Vicky and Anchal took one wicket each.

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