West Zone team celebrates after their win over East Zone 
in their final outing at the Motera stadium on Tuesday.
West Zone team celebrates after their win over East Zone in their final outing at the Motera stadium on Tuesday.

Ahmedabad : West Zone regained the J.K. Bose Trophy after a gap of four years by remaining unbeaten in the T20 round-robin league held as part of the 38th National convention of the Sports Journalists’ Federation of India in Motera.

Having posted comfortable wins over South Zone and North Zone over the first two days, West Zone applied the brakes on East Zone in what was a virtual final in its final outing at the Motera stadium on Tuesday.

East Zone, which too had wins in both its earlier matches failed to measure up in the crucial outing and lost out to the eventual winner by 58 runs.

West Zone posted 137 for four after being put in, with Ripple Christy leading the large with a superb 53-ball 63 after skipper Devendra Pandey had laid the foundation for his team with a steady 41 runs.  East Zone, in reply, could muster only 79 for eight in its quota of 20 overs as Taus Rizvi returned with impressive figures of three for eight.

In the other match of the day, which was inconsequential to the final ratings, South Zone triumphed over North Zone by eight wickets.

Brief Scores:

West Zone 137/4 in 20 overs (R Christy 63, D Pandey 41) bt East Zone 79/8 in 20 overs (T Rizvi 3/8). West won the match by 58 runs. North Zone 117 for 9 in 20 overs (Roshan Thyagrajan 4 for 21, Viji Vijeth 3 for 9) lost to South Zone 118 for 2 in 14.3 overs (Satish Viswanathan 45, Roshan Thyagrajan 45). South Zone won by 8 wickets.