• Diamonds beat Maharajas by six wickets to finish the tournament with eleven points. Put into bat, Mysore team managed to total 122 for 9 in its 20 overs and failed to defend it.

     

    Their innings was built around the useful contributions from C Raghu {25} and skipper CJ William {37 not out}.

     

    C Raghu opened the innings in the place of out of form KB Pawan who batted lower down the order.

     

    Controlled and disciplined bowling by skipper SB Joshi {2 for 17} and DC Rajesh {2 for 30} restricted Mysore's total.

     

    Diamonds reached the target losing four wickets.

     

    Opening batsman PU Deshpande was amongst runs again by scoring 51 not out while MA Agarwal made 27.

     

    The openers added 49 runs for the first wicket in 7.2 overs. PU Deshpande forged useful stand of 22 runs with YKT Goud for the third wicket and 28 runs with BN Bharath for the fourth wicket which hastened Diamond's victory.

     

    C Raghavendra bowled well for the losers to bag 2 for 19.

     

    Summarised scores : Mysore Mahaarajas 122

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  • Mangalore United won the toss and inserted the opposition. Belgavi Panthers had made 43 for 4 in 10.4 overs when the rain halted play. The match had to be abandoned, as the rains did not relent.

    Panthers' opener MK Pandey remained not out on 20. J Arunkumar {06}, KS Ponnappa {zero}, BMV Uthappa {04}, R Vinay Kumar {04} were the batsmen dismissed. S Hoover was not out on 7.

    D Sequeria {2 for 09} and UB Patel {2 for 08} shared the wickets that fell in Panther's innings

    Both the teams shared a point each from this no result game.

    Summarised scores : Belgavi Panthers 43 for 4 in 10.4 overs {MK Pandey 20 not out, D Sequeria 2 for 9, UB Patel 2 for 8} shared a point each with Mangalore United as the match was abandoned due to rain.

  • The Oxford English Dictionary defines loyalty as "a strong feeling of support or allegiance". If you talk to sportsmen though, you'll get vastly different definitions. In this era of millionaire players and super agents, it's the fan who's finding out the hard way that loyalty does come with a price-tag attached.

     

    Was it ever any different though? In the old days, team owners and chairmen dictated terms, and players were little better than cattle in a pen. What was misconstrued as loyalty was often nothing more than a lack of options, a player's awareness that displeasing his employer meant joining the dole queue.

     

    The balance has swung to the other extreme now, and you'll hear few sportsmen complain. This summer saw two especially interesting loyalty debates. First, Lebron James decided to ditch the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and move to Miami. "The major factor was the best opportunity for me to win, to win now and for the future also," he said in a special TV announcement.

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