An exciting final brought an end to what had been a great tournament. Progress in women’s cricket was halted due to the pandemic, but the welcome addition of the U19 One Day Trophy to the 2022-23 BCCI Domestic Calendar has been notable. The league stage of the championship was played from December 7th to December 14th, and the playoffs from December 17th to December 23rd. In the league stage of the championship, we had 36 teams compete against each other, and saw highly competitive matches and bright flashes of young girls looking to make a statement.
Mumbai and Uttarakhand were consistent in this tournament in the league stage and were able to repeat the same in the knockout stages as well. Reflecting on the journeys of the two teams, Uttrakhand defeated Tamil Nadu in the quarter-finals and Uttar Pradesh in the quarter-finals and Andhra Pradesh in the semi-finals. Mumbai, on the other hand, defeated Baroda in the quarter-finals, defeated Delhi and Maharashtra in the semi-finals.
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The finals of the tournament pitted Mumbai against Uttarakhand against each other. Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first. Batting first, they dismissed Mumbai for a dismal 93 in 42.3 overs. The batting collapse was thanks to the excellent bowling of Uttarakhand with Sakshi and Pooja Raj taking 3 wickets with Jigyasa, Raghvi and Nisha Mishra also picking up a wicket each. Uttarakhand are chasing just 94, but the finals were devoid of drama as openers, Dipika was dismissed for a first-ball duck. In the end, A Shah’s anchored knock of 19 helped the proceedings as Raghvi and Neelam with 33 and 30* respectively steadied the ship and steered them to victory.
The tournament had many bright spots but Sanika Chalke scored 600 runs in 8 matches (with a brilliant 200), Raghvi scored 475 runs in 9 matches (with her outstanding 219*), Muskan Sinha scored 323 runs in 6 matches. , Tanmayee Behera with 313 runs from 5 matches and Dharti with 305 runs from 7 matches among the top 5 runs. Top 5 wicket takers were Zeal Dmello with 21 wickets, Pooja Raj with 21 wickets, Priya Mishra with 18 wickets, Sakshi with 18 wickets and Vaishnavi Sharma with 16 wickets.
Overall, the league provided an opportunity for youngsters to showcase their talent and assert themselves in their senior teams and the top national team. With an eye on the women’s IPL as well, they will be looking to get into different teams.
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