HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) felicitated left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who was named in Indian team for the ODI tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup, and dashing batsman D.B. Ravi Teja, selected to represent India ‘A’ on its tour to Israel, at its annual prize distribution function at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium (Uppal) here late on Thursday.

“This should be the beginning of a new chapter in Hyderabad cricket. We are pleased with the way these two youngsters have shown the promise and consistency to be there at the top.

“We only hope that they live up to the expectations by not losing focus,” N. Shivlal Yadav, Secretary, HCA, said.

“It is always easier to get into the Indian team but more difficult to remain there for a long time. One has to be innovative and always positive to be better cricketers,” he added.

G. Vinod, Minister and President, HCA, termed the selection of both Ojha and Ravi Teja as a good augury for Hyderabad cricket.

“Their selection reminds the cricketing fraternity that there is plenty of talent and if nurtured properly, many more can make it to the higher levels,” he said.

The Minister also gave away shields and prizes to all the victorious and runner-up teams for the year 2007-08 in various divisions.

D.S. Chalapathi, Joint Secretary, HCA, said the completion of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in all aspects was crowning glory in the history of Hyderabad cricket.

“The HCA will never be found wanting in providing the best of facilities to the players and the onus is on them to prove their mettle,” he said.

He also thanked Airtel for sponsoring all the tournaments under the purview of HCA and looked for continued support.

Replying to the felicitations, both Ojha and Ravi Teja said they were honoured and touched by the gesture.

“We are aware of the huge responsibility and will try our best to live up to the expectations,” they said.

Srija wins title

Kodali Srija of Hyderabad defeated Victoria of Haryana 5-4(4), 4-2 in the under-12 final of the AITA Talent Series tennis tournament in Bhubaneshwar.

This 11-year-old promising left-hander is a trainee of Sun-Jay Tennis Academy at the Administrative Staff College of India here.

Easy for Coronation

Coronation Club blanked Republic Boys Company 6-0 in the ‘B’ division hockey league championship at the AOC grounds here.

Henry Paul scored three goals in the first-half, while George Vincent one in the first session and two more after the break.

Tanmay sparkles

Good knock by Tanmay (82 not out) helped Daniel Cricket Academy record a 30-run win over St. Joseph’s High School in the under-13 category of the fifth Paradise Persis Gold Cup cricket tournament here.

The scores: U-13: Daniel Cricket Academy 172 for three (Tanmay 82 n.o., Abhirath three for 27) bt St. Joseph’s HS 142 for seven (Abhirath 36, Arun Deva 53, Parikshith four for 14); Dayanand CC 121 for four (Rishi 34, Manish three for 22) bt Gujarathi CC 111 for four (Akash 51).

Rajneesh shines

An all-round show by Rajneesh Jain, who claimed two for 18 and then struck an unbeaten 40, helped Officers XI record a six-wicket win over Duke’s XI in the Twenty20 match at the Sarojini Cricket & Fitness Academy here.

The scores: Duke’s XI 179 for six lost to Officers XI 180 for four (Rajneesh Jain 49 n.o.)

SAI hockey trials

Sports Authority of India (STC, Secunderabad) will organise trials for boys in hockey for the year 2008-09 on June 9 and 10 at the Begumpet Police Hockey Stadium here.

The aspirants should be in the age group of 14 to 18 and they should produce the date of birth certificates (seventh standard or 10th standard marks memo), sports certificates and three passport photos along with medical fitness certificate from a recognised doctor.

For details contact K. Srilatha Reddy, Assistant Director, SAI.

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