Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Keeping their culinary and hospitality skills aside for a while, staff of hotels and restaurants in the city enthusiastically took part in the three-day Twenty-20 cricket tournament organised by the Vijayawada Hotel Owners’ Association at Makineni Basavapunniah Stadium at Ajit Singh Nagar on the first day on Wednesday.

Four teams – D.V. Manor Devils, Fortune Bombers, Restaurants Rangers and Corn Kings – are vying for honours in the shortest version of cricket. The first day of the tournament witnessed Fortune Bombers defeating D.V. Manor Devils by 34 runs. Man of the Match award went to Mohammad Shoeb for his overall performance. In the other match, D.V. Manor outplayed Restaurants Rangers by seven wickets. D.V. Manor Devils led by Prasad reached the target of 81 with seven wickets to spare. The tournament is sponsored by Kingfisher and Manipal Hospitals. ACA Vice-President Gokaraju Ganga Raju was present.