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Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 Delhi: Mercantile reaches the national semis

Mercantile from Delhi have reached the national semi finals of the Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 to be played in Mumbai on February 21, by defeating Metro Communications by 3 wickets. The Cricket League has been organised by afaqs!

Metro Communications won the toss and chose to bat. Metro Communications were all out in the last ball of the last (tenth) over, managing only 80 runs. Mercantile reached its final score for the loss of four wickets.

On February 14 & 15, the regional quarter finals, semifinals, and the regional final matches for Delhi of the Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 were played. A total of eight teams had qualified for the Delhi quarter-finals, out of the 24 participating teams. They were - NDTV Media, Studio: Thorn, Indiatimes, DraftFCB Ulka, Planman Media, Mercantile Advertising, Metro Communications and Maxus Global.

The first quarterfinal match was played between Planman Media and NDTV Media. Planman Media won the toss and elected to bat first, and put up a score of 85 runs in the mandated 10 overs. The team lost just two wickets. The score wasn’t enough as NDTV Media reached the target of 86 easily, without losing any wicket.
In the second quarterfinal match, Mercantile beat Mindshare by three wickets. Mindshare after winning the toss and electing to bat first put up 74 runs losing six wickets. Mercantile on its turn lost just four wickets as it reached its target.

The third match of the quarterfinals was played between Metro Communications and Indiatimes. The latter won the toss and asked Metro to bat first. Metro Communications put up a high score of 136 runs, losing just two wickets. Indiatimes lost the match badly as it just could manage to put up a score of only 65 runs losing six wickets.

In the fourth quarterfinal match, Studo:Thorn beat Draft FCB to reach the Delhi semi-finals. After winning the toss and electing to field first, Studio:Thorn restricted Draft FCB to 74 in the mandated ten overs. Draft FCB lost five wickets. In its turn Studio:Thorn chased the score easily, losing just four wickets.

NDTV Media and Metro Communications faced each other in the Delhi’s first semi-final, played on February 15. With a good bowling line up, Metro was able to restrict NDTV Media to 73. The latter lost just three wickets. Earlier, Metro had won the toss and had elected to bat second. They chased the score successfully and reached the Delhi finals losing just three wickets.

The second semi-final played between Mercantile and Studio:Thorn was won by the former. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mercantile put up a huge score of 117, losing four wickets. Amit, who was declared man of the match, scored 59 runs and also took one wicket. On their turn, Studio: Thorn fought back hard. However, they fell five runs short of their target.

And hence the Delhi final, also played on February 15, was played between Metro Communications and Mercantile which Mercantile won.

The other teams to have made it to the national semi finals, are The Telegraph from Kolkata, and GroupM and Mudra from Mumbai.

The first series of the Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 was held in Mumbai and Kolkata on January 24 and 25. The Delhi chapter of the League started on January 31.

The Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League is a leather ball cricket tournament, organised by afaqs!, for media agencies, advertising agencies and media publishers. The ten10 tournament is being held in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Forty eight teams are participating in this three-city, month-long tournament.


Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 Mumbai: Mudra, GroupM make it to the national semis

The knock-out round of the first series of Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 matches were played in Mumbai on February 8.

Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League is a leather ball cricket tournament, organized by afaqs!, for media agencies, advertising agencies and media publishers. The ten-10 tournament is being held in Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai. Forty eight teams are participating in this three-city, month-long tournament. The national finals will be held in Mumbai on February 21.

Mumbai saw the participation of 18 teams. These teams were divided into six groups of three teams each in the round robin format. One team from each group made it to the knock-out round. These include Mudra, JWT, TME, Interactive Avenues, Lintas, GroupM following which two teams from Mumbai – Mudra and GroupM reached the semi finals.

The other two semi finalist will be from Delhi and Kolkata. From Kolkata, The Telegraph has already reached the national semis. The Delhi winner is still to be decided.

In the first match between JWT and Mudra, JWT batted first and scored 81 runs at the loss of four wickets in its alloted 10 overs. In return Mudra managed to complete its target, but only in the second last ball of the innings.

The second match was played between Interactive Avenues and Lintas. Interactive Avenues scored 97 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. This match also had a close finish as Lintas reached its target, with only 3 balls were left.

The Third match between Mudra and TME was a tie as both teams scored 90 runs. The bowl out option was tried, but it also ended in a tie with 1 point each. The match was then decided by sudden death method, and finally Mudra won and made it to the national semis from Mumbai.

The fourth match was played between Lintas and GroupM. Lintas batted first and put up a target of 84 runs for Group. The latter completed its target in 8.1 overs without any loss of wickets.

Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 Delhi: NDTV, Studio:Thorn, Indiatimes, Ulka, Planman, Mercantile, Metro Communications and Maxus qualify for Delhi quarter finals
The first series of the Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 was held in Mumbai and Kolkata on January 24 and 25. The Delhi chapter of the League started on January 31 and will continue till February 15.

As, all the league matches were wrapped up by February 8, a total of eight teams have qualified for the Delhi quarter-finals, out of the 24 participating teams. They are - NDTV Media, Studio: Thorn, Indiatimes, DraftFCB Ulka, Planman Media, Mercantile Advertising, Metro Communications and Maxus Global. The regional quarter-finals, will be held on February 14. The Delhi semi-finals and final would be played on February 15, to choose the one team that will qualify from Delhi.

The Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League is a leather ball cricket tournament, organised by afaqs!, for media agencies, advertising agencies and media publishers. The ten10 tournament is being held in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Forty eight teams are participating in this three-city, month-long tournament. The national finals will be held in Mumbai on February 21.

The 24 playing teams were divided into eight groups.

After the matches played on January 31 and February 1, from Group A - comprising of Bates 141, NDTV Media and JWT - NDTV Media had qualified for the quarter-finals; while from Group B – comprising Indiatimes, GroupM Interaction and Team Microsoft – Indiatimes qualified.

From Group D - comprising Media2win, Dainik Jagran and Studio: Thorn – Studio: Thorn booked a place for themselves in the quarter-finals. Only one match was due from this group, which was played between Media2Win and Dainik Jagran. Media2Win won the toss and decided to bat first. They could score only 66 runs for the loss of six wickets, which Dainik Jagran chased successfully for the loss of just two wickets. Dainik Jagran won by 5 wickets. However, it was not enough to qualify for the quarter-finals since Studio:Thorn had defeated both the teams in the group.

The remaining group level knock-out matches were played on February 7 and 8.

Group C comprised Mediaedge:cia, DraftFCB Ulka and Lintas Media Group. The first match was played between Mediaedge:cia and Lintas Media Group. Lintas Media Group won the toss and took to the field first. Mediaedge scored 87 runs, loosing just four wickets and later Lintas could make only 76 runs for four wickets. Mediaedge won the match by 11 runs. The second match was between DraftFCB Ulka and Lintas Media Group. Lintas Media Group won the toss again and this time tried their luck with the bat. DraftFCB Ulka won the match by six wickets as they reduced Lintas Media Group to a score of 87 runs for the loss of five wickets and later piled up the requisite runs for the loss of only one wicket. With two wins, DraftFCB Ulka shot into the quarter-finals.

Group E comprised Planman Media, McCann Erickson and Mudra. The first match was played between Planman Media and McCann Erickson. McCann Erickson won the toss and took to the field first. Planman scored a total of 95 runs, for the loss of only two wickets. In reply McCann Erickson could make only 64 runs for the loss of four wickets. Planman won the match by 31 runs.

The second match of this group was played between McCann Erickson and Mudra. Mudra won the toss and decided to bat first. Desperately needing to win their second match McCann restricted Mudra to a total of 83 runs for the loss of five wickets. In reply, McCann batted resiliently and chased its target successfully, scoring 86 runs for the loss of just one wicket. McCann won the match by six wickets.

The third match was played between Planman Media and Mudra. Planman Media won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 102 runs for the loss of just one wicket and later bowled out Mudra for 70 runs. They won the match by 32 runs and booked a place for themselves in the quarter-finals.

Group F comprised of Mercantile Advertising, Madison Communications and STAR News. In the match between STAR News and Mercantile Advertising, STAR News won the toss and decided to field first. They conceded a mammoth 136 runs to Mercantile, bagging only three wickets. In reply they were bundled out for a small total of 56 runs by Mercantile, who went on to win the match by 80 runs.

In the next match of this group between STAR News and Madison Communications, the former won the toss again and decided to bat first, this time. Though the team piled up a respectable total of 95 runs for the loss of just one wicket, Madison took away the game from them by scoring 96 runs for the loss of three wickets. However, with two wins in the kitty, Mercantile Advertising qualified for the quarter-finals.

Group G comprising – Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), Media Planning Group (MPG) and Metro Communications – played their quota of matches on February 7 and 8. The first match was between BCCL and Metro Communications. Metro Communications won the toss and decided to field first. It restricted BCCL to a total of 96 runs for the loss of four wickets and in return chased successfully by scoring 97 runs for the loss of five wickets. It won by 2 wickets.

The second match in the group was between MPG and Metro Communications. Metro Communications won the toss and again decided to field first. They bowled out MPG for a paltry 65, and in reply won the match by seven wickets.

Interestingly, the third match between Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd and MPG was a tie. Both teams were tied at a score of 121. However, with two wins in the kitty, Metro Communications qualified for the quarter-finals from Group G.

Finally, Group H - comprising Maxus Global, Euro RSCG and Turner International India, had played two matches, both on February 1. Both Euro RSCG and Maxus Global had won one match each. The final match of this group was played between Maxus Global and Turner International. Maxus won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored a total of 95 runs for the loss of four wickets. In return, Turner could garner only 86 runs. Thus, Maxus won by 9 runs. Maxus Global, with two wins made its way into the quarter-finals from this respective group.


Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 Delhi:
NDTV Media, Studio: Thorn, Indiatimes qualify for Delhi quarter-finals


The first series of the Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 was held in Mumbai and Kolkata on January 24 and 25. The Delhi phase of the League started on January 31 and will continue till February 15.

Till now, three teams – NDTV Media, Studio: Thorn and Indiatimes – have qualified for the Delhi phase of the quarter-finals, which will be held on February 14.

The Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League is a leather ball cricket tournament, organised by afaqs!, for media agencies, advertising agencies and media publishers. The ten10 tournament is being held in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The national finals will be held in Mumbai on February 21.

Delhi will see 24 teams fight it out to make it to the finals. The 24 teams were divided into eight groups. One team from each group will now make it to the knock-out rounds, following which two teams from Delhi will go to the semi-finals. The other semi-finalists will be from Mumbai and Kolkata.

Group A comprised Bates 141, NDTV Media and JWT. On Day 1, the first match was played between NDTV Media and Bates 141. NDTV Media won the match by 79 runs. Suresh was the man of the match. He made 62 runs and took one wicket. The second match was between JWT and Bates 141, and JWT won by 26 runs, knocking out Bates 141 from the tournament.
On Day 2 of the Delhi phase, the third match was played between NDTV Media and JWT. NDTV Media chased the paltry total of 80 runs set by JWT in eight overs and won the match by five wickets. NDTV Media has qualified for the quarter-finals from Group A.

Group B comprised Indiatimes, GroupM Interaction and Team Microsoft. The first match was between Team Microsoft and Indiatimes, which the latter won by eight wickets. The second match of this group was between Team Microsoft and GroupM, and Team Microsoft won by 40 runs.

The third match of Group B was played between GroupM Interaction and Indiatimes on Day 2; Indiatimes won the match by five wickets and ensured a place for itself in the quarter-finals.

Group C comprised Mediaedge:cia, DraftFCB Ulka and Lintas Media Group. Only one match has been played so far in this group. This was between Mediaedge: cia and DraftFCB Ulka; DraftFCB Ulka won by seven wickets.

Group D comprised Media2win, Dainik Jagran and Studio: Thorn. Two matches have been played so far in this group. The first match was between Studio: Thorn and Dainik Jagran. Studio: Thorn won the match by 10 runs. Studio: Thorn then clinched the second match by defeating Media2win by six wickets. Thus, Studio: Thorn has qualified for the quarter-finals from Group D.

Group F, comprising Mercantile Advertising, Madison Communications and STAR News, has played one match so far. This was between Mercantile Advertising and Madison Communications, which the former won by 49 runs. Madison was bundled out for 78, chasing the total of 127 set by Mercantile.

Group H, comprising Maxus Global, Euro RSCG and Turner International India, has played two matches, both on Day 2 of the Delhi phase. The first match was played between Euro RSCG and Turner International India. Euro RSCG won by three wickets. In the second match played between Maxus Global and Euro RSCG, Maxus won by six runs.

Group E (Planman Media, McCann Erickson and Mudra) and Group G (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, Media Planning Group and Metro Communications) are yet to play any matches.


Mumbai
Lintas, Mudra win on their pitches

Ad agencies Lintas and Mudra won on their 'pitches' and topped their respective groups to reach the knock-out stage.

In Group A, which consisted of McCann, Lintas and Colors, only one match could be played i.e. Between Lintas and Colors, as McCann did not report on the field. Thus, both the other teams got Walk-Over points equal to a victory (i.e. 2 points if the opponent does not report on field at the time of the match.) Lintas batted first, with Ritesh Rao (55 runs of 31 deliveries) and Alap Thakore (46 of 22) playing important knocks to ser Colors a target of 112 to be achieved in 10 overs. Alap made his presence felt by taking two wickets and restricting Colors to 98 for 3. He was adjudged Man of the Match.

In Group B, Laqshya Outdoor Media and Mudra played only each other as Television Eighteen India did not turn up to play. Rohil Paralkar, Chetan Poojari and Mudra captain Ameya Joshi  kept the Laqshya fielders running to the hoardings while their bowler Nandkumar Jadhav got two Laqshya batsmen stumped to be called Man of the Match.

In Group C, Sohum Expo Displays Pvt Ltd played 'all shots' to score the highest team total in AMCL – 144 for the loss of two wickets only. All Sports Magazine were all out for only 49 runs. Abhishek Dixit took four wickets and Rishi Desai hit 35 of 18 deliveries, but Amol Khekade was declared Man of the Match for scoring 60 runs of 23 deliveries.
GroupM was the third team in Group C (ironically) but had no matches scheduled on Day One.

In Group D, 114 Wall Street played Interactive Avenues Marketing Solutions who set them a target of 100 runs, with Shloke Lal scoring 39 of 26, who was also declared Man of the Match, as 141 Wall Street managed only 70.



GroupM, Interactive, JWT and TME

As if it ws called in to complete formalities for Group C, GroupM came in played a different game. Their apparent strength was bowling and they bowled out All Sports Magazine for only 26, thanks to Man of the Match Dipak Nilvalkar's 4-wicket haul. They let Sohum score 49 and then their opener Sachin Puthran stayed Not Out at 26 (of 20 balls) and was declared Man of the Match.
Good balling helped GroupM top Group C.

In Group D, Interactive Avenues contiuned in the winning mode. They set Media2Win a target of 105, made up of Ashish Tripathi's 32 (of 16) and captain Amardeep Singh's 30 (Not Out, of 25, which also included a six out of the stadium). It was a bad day for Media2Win, as they managed only 80 from a target of 112 set of 141 Wall Street, who's Girish Poddar was declared Man of the Match for taking 3 wickets for 22 in 3 overs.
Interactive Avenues topped their group to move to Knock-Out.
In Group E, JWT's opening pair of Parag More (52 of 32) and Rohit Redkar (46 of 28)  set a record for the highest partnership – at any position – 115 runs. Red FM could manage only 88 in 10 overs. Spontaneously chipping in with the on-ground commentary, the station's RJ Manthra invariably did a better job off the field, than on it. Big FM was the third team in the group and did not turn up, giving away points to others. JWT goes to the next stage.

In Group F, Elephant Strategy + Design beat Starcom's total of 73 in just 6.3 overs with Sarvesh Trivedi hitting 34 of 20 deliveries and becoming Man of the Match. The batsmen could not play similarly against The Media Edge's (TME) bowling attack that bowled them out for 70, thanks to Santosh Katkar who took 3 wickets for 33 runs. TME made 71 in 6.4 overs. For Starcom, TME set a total of 107, where Santosh contributed with the bat too (33 of 22). He also went on to take 3 wickets for (20 runs), bowling Starcom out for 58. He won his second Man of the Match of the day, making him the only player in the tournament to achieve the feat. That takes TME to the next stage.

Lintas, Mudra, GroupM, Interactive, JWT and TME will play the Knock-Out stage at Andheri Sports Complex, on 8th February 09. Two from the six teams will represent the region in the National Finals.

 

Kolkata
The Telegraph makes it to the semis
The first series of Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 matches were held in Mumbai and Kolkata on January 24 and 25.

Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League is a leather ball cricket tournament, organized by afaqs!, for media agencies, advertising agencies and media publishers. The ten-10 tournament is being held in Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai. The national finals will be held in Mumbai on February 21.

In total, there were six teams in Kolkata, which were divided in to two groups. Group A had Ananda Bazar Patrika (ABP), Fever FM and Mindscapes, while Group B had The Telegraph, STAR Ananda and Zee Network.
The first match was played between ABP and Mindscapes. Mindscapes won the toss and elected to field first. ABP put up a score of 126 for the loss of two wickets in 10 overs. Mindscapes chased the target and won by six wickets.

In the second match of Group A in Kolkata – Mindscapes vs Fever FM, the former won the toss, and decided to field first. Fever scored 83 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Mindscape scored the winning runs without any loss.

The third match in Group A between ABP and Fever did not take place as the latter did not turn up for the match. Two points were awarded to ABP, but Mindscapes with 4 points made it to the regional finals.

In group B, The Telegraph played against STAR Ananda. After winning the toss The Telegraph decided to bat first. It scored 121 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. STAR Ananda’s innings ended in 53 runs for the loss of five wickets.

In the match between STAR Ananda and Zee Network of Group B, STAR Ananda decided to bat first after winning the toss. It managed to score only 73 runs for the loss of seven wickets. The match had a very close finish as Zee Network managed to reach its target with four balls to spare.

Between Zee and The Telegraph, Zee won the toss and decided to bat. It scored 86 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 10 overs. Telegraph chased its target in 7.1 overs without any loss.

The regional finals in Kolkata were played between The Telegraph and Mindscapes. The Telegraph won the toss and decided to bat first. It put up a score of 104 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Chasing the target, Mindscapes scored only 61 runs.

The Telegraph will now play semi finals in Mumbai.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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