Top seed Aditya Elango and Velavan entered the men’s singles final of the senior State ranking badminton tournament, organised by the Badminton Association of Tiruchi, here on Saturday.
In the women’s section, top seed Gokulalakshmi will meet Aswini Gandhimathi in the singles final.
Men: Singles (semifinals): Aditya Elango bt Arun Kumar 22-20, 21-9; Velavan bt Sudharsan 21-14, 21-17.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Subramanian & Prakash bt Ashwin & Sudharsan 15-21, 21-14, 24-22.
Gopinath & Mohamed Zameer bt Mohanakrishnan & Suryaprakash 17-21, 21-9, 21-13.
Raghavan & Vijay Aloysius bt Lokesh Viswanathan & Vembarasan 21-16, 18-21, 21-15; Aditya Elango & Velavan bt Ashok Kumar & Vinith Madhavan 21-10, 21-11.
Women: Singles (semifinals): Gokulalakshmi bt Merlin 21-10, 21-12; Aswini Gandhimathi bt Sakthi Maheswari 21-15, 21-18.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Dharshini & Suneri bt Sakthi Maheswari & Sandhya 21-3, 21-5.
Persis & Merlin bt Bhavani Akshaya & Viji 21-11, 21-19.
Gokulalakshmi & Aswini Gandhimathi bt Sangavi & Janaki 21-9, 5-1 (retd.); Priya & Shalini Ajith bt Leka & Oviya 21-4, 21-5.
Kancheepuram in command
Kancheepuram called the shots on the second day, bundling out first-time finalist Krishnagiri for 170, in the TNCA under-16 inter-district cricket final for the P.R. Thevar Trophy in Hosur on Saturday.
Krishnagiri, chasing Kancheepuram’s first innings score of 347, began well before a middle-order collapse ruined its chase.
At stumps, Kancheepuram was 34 for one in its second essay.
The scores (final, second day): Kancheepuram 347 & 34 for one in 10 overs vs. Krishnagiri 170 in 83.3 overs (C.S. Ashwin 30, M. Suriyah 35, S. Swaminathan three for 34).
Easy for New Life
New Life Matric School and Santosh Vidhyalaya HSS registered comfortable wins over Pushpalatha MHSS and St. Xavier’s MHSS respectively in the Bell Pins Cup inter-school football championship at the Anna Stadium, Palyamkottai on Saturday.
The results: New Life Matric School, Keela Papakudi 4 (Govindaraj, Shimer, Thomas, Fredrick) bt Pushpalatha MHSS, Palayamkottai 0
Santosh Vidhyalaya HSS, Dohnavur 4 (Shaurabh 2, Ajith 2) bt St Xavier’s MHSS, Vannarpettai 0.
M. Renukalakshmi, secretary, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, clarifies that HUTU has neither nominated nor authorised anyone to conduct an umpire examination.
“HUTU is the only unit to administer the sport in the State,” she said.