The first-ever day-night multi-day final in the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) inter-district Colvin Shield was a resounding success.
Played at the RCA Academy ground under lights with pink ball, the Nagaur came back in fine fashion to beat Bikaner by six wickets.
In a match with varying fortunes throughout in the end it was the youthful exhuberance of India's under-19 star Mahipal Lomror (70 n.o.: 109b, 9x4) that shone brightly under the lights.
Braving inclement weather Lomror led the way for Nagaur Bulls and battled conditions very well.
This was the first time that a pink ball had been used in a match in Rajasthan. As has been the case throughout the experiment with pink ball, bowlers had a field day as wickets fell at regular intervals during the four-day contest.
The matches started at 2.45 pm everyday during the final and attracted much interest throughout.
Bikaner Hawks batted first and were bowled out for 246, but then hit back to shoot out Nagaur Bulls for 189 thereby gaining a lead of 57 runs. But in the second innings, Hawks could not press home the advantage as they were bowled out in just 47.4 overs for 180.
In the end, Bulls batted sensibly after struggling at 39 for two at one stage. Nikhil Doru (39) and wicket-keeper Chetan Bist (47) added 63 runs for the third wicket. Thereafter, it was a Lomror show all the way. Lomror showed how much he has gained by training under legendary former Indian captain Rahul Dravid.
Lomror held his nerves brilliantly as he added 127 runs for the fifth wicket with Vijay Meena (50 n.o.: 96b, 5x4).
Lomror's effort earned him the Man of the match award.
Bikaner Hawks 246 in 73.1 overs & 180 in 47.4 overs lost to Nagaur Bulls 189 in 59.3 overs & 238-4 in 66.4 overs (Mahipal Lomror 70 n.o., Vijay Meena 50 n.o., Chetan Bist 47, Nikhil Doru 39; Kanhaya Swami 2-26)-by six wickets
Man of final: Mahipal Lomror
Man of the Series: Rajesh Bishnoi Junior
Best bowler: Gajendra Singh
Best batsman: Ashok Budhania
RCA is all set to host the four days final of its premiere tournament Colvin Shield under lights with pink ball from 12th to 15th July, 2016.
Hony. Secretary of the RCA Sumendra Tiwari announced the same in the press conference held at RCA Academy on 09th July,2016. The match will be played at the RCA Academy ground in lights, this will be the first Pink Ball match which will be witnessed live by the cricket lovers of the Pink City.
Tiwari also said that the balls especially ordered from Merut for the match. During the final match the cricketers will be wearing white kits and the sight screen will also be white. Four days D/N final match will be played at 2.45 pm from 12th to 15th July,2016 everyday. Rules of the days matches will be applicable for the match.
During match days especially sitting arrangements for media persons and spectators will be arranged by RCA.
RCA Vice President Amin Pathan, Executive Secretary R.S. Nandhu, Joint Secretary Vinod Sahran, Nirpjeet Singh, Secretary DCA Sikar Subhash Joshi & Secretary DCA Ajmer Gunjan Sharma also felicitated the conference with their presence.