Staff Reporter

Rukmabai and A. Lakshmi Narasimham memorial tourney comes to a close

  • JKC XI lifts the trophy by defeating Talent XI by of 60 runs
  • Summer coaching camp to be held in April or May

    VIJAYAWADA: League cricket is known for playing a noteworthy role in nurturing budding cricketers, as it enables youngsters to showcase their talent. More particularly, it allows them to correct their mistakes to face bigger challenges in future.

    The 18-day Rukmabai and A. Lakshmi Narasimham memorial tournament organised by the Guntur District Cricket Association (GDCA) at Guntur, which concluded on Sunday, brought to fore many gifted cricketers and gave ample opportunity to the association to assess the strengths and weakness of the players. The tournament was organised in memory of A. Lakshmi Narasimham, who was the vice-president of the GDCA.

    GDCA secretary M. Venkateswara Rao said on Monday: "We selected six top teams in the district and made them play among themselves. The tourney brought players like Giri, Jagadish, Phani Madhav and Ganesh into focus."

    In the final, JKC XI lifted the trophy by defeating Talent XI by a margin of 60 runs, in which Andhra opener Manoj Sai slammed an impressive 54 in 55 balls.

    Mr. Rao said grounds in the Loyola Public School at Nallapadu and Lutheran English Medium High School came in handy to conduct various tournaments on a regular basis. "We have four turf and one matting wicket at Loyola Public School," he said.

    Guntur's contribution to the growth of Andhra cricket has always been substantial, as players like M.S.K Prasad donned the prestigious India cap as a wicket keeper-batsman. Along with him, players like Manoj Sai, S. Arjun Kumar, Saraswathi Reddy, Bharat Singh Naik, Vinod Kumar, Vincent Vinay Kumar and Ch. Mallikharjuna Rao represented the Andhra Cricket Association in the Ranji trophy.

    "Summer coaching camp is a platform where we identify the inborn talent. This year, we're planning to hold the camp in April or May and we're expecting around 150 players from Guntur, Narasaraopet, Tenali and other areas. We provide egg and milk to all the participants," Mr. Rao explained.