KOTTAYAM: Kollam was in command against Pathanamthitta at stumps on the opening day of the two-day South Zone under-16 inter-district cricket tournament at the Medical College ground on Wednesday.

Medium-pacer Rahul Krishnan (six for 23) ripped through the Pathanamthitta innings to send it crashing for 80 runs in its first innings. Barring Mohd Alsm (37), none of the batsmen offered resistance. In reply, Kollam was sitting pretty at 227 for three with Jackson Cleetus scoring an unbeaten 92.

The scores: Pathanamthitta 80 in 42 overs (Mohd Aslam 37, Rahul Krishnan six for 23) v Kollam 227 for three in 46 overs (Jackson Cleetus 92 n.o, Rahul Krishnan 42, Navneet Jose 37)

Kollam 198 in 87.3 overs (Tony Jose 48, Brahmadarshan 33, H. Rahul 28, Shyam Shankar three for 59) v Thiruvananthapuram 30 for two in six overs.

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