L. Suryapprakash (136, 237b, 21x4) and Vijay Shankar (123, 248b, 14x4, 2x6) ensured Grand Slam dominated TI Cycles in a seventh-round TNCA first-division league game at Murugappa.
The second-wicket pair resumed their partnership on Thursday and extended it to 281 before being separated. Thanks to their efforts, Grand Slam declared on 441 for six before reducing TI to 94 for four.
In other action, wicketkeeper-batsman R. Rohith (142, 362b, 14x4, 1x6) brought up his first century of the season for Vijay at Guru Nanak and M.R. Muthupandi made an unbeaten 98-ball 100 with nine fours and four sixes, as IOB pressed for a first-innings declaration at Vivekananda. Off-spinners A.C. Prathiban (six for 88) and Malolan Rangarajan (five for 83) shone, but their teams, India Pistons and Young Stars respectively, struggled.
Rovers led by 208 after Pistons collapsed while Young Stars conceded a 60-run first-innings lead to Alwarpet.
Trotters was able to take advantage of the other bowling performance of the day, off-spinner Prashant Chandran’s five for 39, as it set Indian Bank a target of 360.
The scores (round seven, day two):
At MRF-Pachaiyappa’s: Globe Trotters 369 for five decl. and 150 for four decl. in 22 overs (S. Anirudha 54, W. Anthony Dhas 49 n.o.) vs. Indian Bank 160 in 71.3 overs (M.O. Arjun Sarathy 61 n.o., Prashant Chandran five for 39) and four for no loss in four overs.
At IC-Guru Nanak: Vijay 438 for six decl. in 139 overs (K.B. Arun Karthik 102, R. Rohith 142, M. Kaushik Gandhi 59) vs. UFCC (T. Nagar) 62 for no loss in 23 overs.
At CPT-IP: Jolly Rovers 310 in 97.5 overs (Nilesh Subramanian 110, C. Hemant Kumar 56, Ashwin Venkataraman 47, A.C. Prathiban six for 88) vs. India Pistons 102 in 44.4 overs (Prashanth K. Varma four for 20).
At SRMC: Young Stars 146 in 74 overs (Petson Mathews 66, V. Vijay Anand four for 29) and 100 for two in 28 overs (Petson Mathews 41) vs. Alwarpet 206 in 61.1 overs (K. Sriram 46, P. Sakthi 57, Malolan Rangarajan five for 83).
At RKM-Viveka: IOB 432 for six decl. in 97.3 overs (S. Murali 49, T. Atchuta Rao 136, K. Bharat Reddy 69, Robert Fernandez 43, M.R. Muthupandi 100 n.o.) vs. Aruna 109 for two in 64 overs (J. Koushik 45 batting).
At Murugappa: Grand Slam 441 for six decl. in 111 overs (L. Suryaprakash 136, Vijay Shankar 123, V. Maaruthi Raghav 61, Hemang Badani 59 n.o.) vs. TI Cycles 94 for four in 43 overs.