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ID cricket final from today

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, April 24 - The summit clash of the Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy Senior Inter District Cricket Tournament will get under way at the ACA Stadium in Barsapara here tomorrow.

Fancied defending champions Guwahati will take on Bongaigaon in the four-day encounter. It is for the first time that Bongaigaon has entered the final while Guwahati lifted the crown for several years in the past.

The championship which started in the year 1950 is regarded as one of the premier cricket tournament in Assam with almost all the districts taking part since inception.

This year the Assam Cricket Association has changed the format. The preliminary competition was organised in zonal basis among five zones covering all the districts. The zonal champions � Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Silchar have qualified for the quarterfinal league phase and played among each other at the ACA Stadium in Barsapara, NF Railway Stadium, Maligaon and Mangaldai respectively. Top four teams have qualified for the knock-out semifinals. Top position holder Guwahati played against fourth team Nagaon while second position holder Silchar took on third team Bongaigaon. In the semifinals, at Barsapara, Guwahati thrashed Nagaon by a massive margin of 767 runs while at Mangaldai, Bongaigaon got the better of Silchar by calling the toss of a coin right even as the first innings were not completed due to bad weather.

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