IT was a day of mixed fortunes for Selangor in the Malaysian Schools (MSSM) cricket championships in Johor Baru on a day when Johor's Under-12 team continued their ways with another smashing display in their quest for a first ever title.
Selangor, joint champions last year, were knocked out of the semi-finals by Kuala Lumpur in a thrilling quarter-final match at the Johor Cricket Academy ground in Mutiara Rini.
However, Selangor's Under-12 team reached the last four with a nine-wicket win over Kelantan in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals today, Selangor will take on Johor who made short-work of Perak with a huge 111 run victory. On Tuesday, Johor whipped last year's joint third KL with a 284 win in their final group match.
In another Under-12 quarter-final, Negri Sembilan ended Sabah's run with a 71-run win. In the semi-finals at the UTM grounds today, Negri, joint third last year, will play Pahang, who beat Penang by 23 runs, in their quarter-final match.
The Selangor Under-18 team's poor bowling paved the way for KL's win as they rode on 33 runs from wides in their 101 total which was further helped by their top-scorer Niroshan De Silva who made 36 and Pavandeep Singh's 17.
In reply, Selangor were all out for 84 with Azwan Idris contributing 30 runs, M. Harivinsri (14 not out) while Irfan Ruzdi and Akmal Aizat Sham made 10 runs each.
Kelantan, joint champions with Selangor last year, gave another strong indication of their intention to win the title outright this year, by beating Malacca by 268 runs - riding on skipper Che Wan Razlan Che Wan Zalati's solid 97 not out and 59 by Ahmad Jazlan Jasmin.
Kelantan also had a hero in bowler Muhd Mahadi Muda who grabbed seven wickets for only one run.
In another quarter-final match, Pahang made the semi-finals by beating Negri Sembilan by 43 runs. Negri were all out for 60 runs in reply to Pahang's total of 103.
The semi-finals today will see Penang play KL while Kelantan will take on Pahang.