Abhishek Hegde (IOB), Monish Satish (Globe Trotters) and S. Ashwath (Young Stars) lit up the proceedings as the TNCA first division league commenced here on Friday.
Abhishek’s 136 (226b, 15x4) was instrumental in IOB, opting to bat, scoring 267 for seven against Globe Trotters. Left-arm spinner Monish Satish, a guest player from Kerala, who is making his debut in the league, turned out to be the star for Trotters, scalping six.
Abhishek, who also hails from Kerala (and in his third season for IOB) and Ra. Aravind (73, 145b, 9x4) added a crucial 153 for the third wicket in 44.3 overs. At one stage, IOB was comfortably placed at 223 for two.
Young Stars medium-pacer S. Ashwath (six for 21) helped his team, opting to field, bowl out UFCC (T. Nagar) for 137. At close, Young Stars was 50 for no loss.
The scores (first round, first day): ‘A’ zone: Aruna 181 for nine in 92.3 overs (Akshay V. Srinivasan 44, M. Prabhu four for 36, D.T. Chandrasekar four for 49) vs Jolly Rovers. Toss: Aruna.
UFCC (T. Nagar) 137 in 74.2 overs (S. Ashwath six for 21) vs. Young Stars 50 for no loss in 13 overs. Toss: Young Stars.
IOB 267 for seven in 89 overs (Abhishek Hegde 136, Ra. Aravind 73, Monish Satish six for 103) vs Globe Trotters. Toss: IOB.
‘B’ zone: AG’s Office 216 in 80 overs (P. Francis Rokins 41) vs India Pistons 19 for no loss in eight overs. Toss: Pistons.
Alwarpet 216 for five in 90 overs (S. Karthik 41, P. Shijith Chandran 89 batting, S. Suresh Kumar four for 54) vs Grand Slam. Toss: Alwarpet.
Vijay CC 249 for four in 90 overs (C. Hari Nishanth 55, M. Kaushik Gandhi 93, R. Rohith 53) vs S. Rly. Institute. Toss: Vijay.