Chennai: Chemplast Sanmar ‘B’ beat India Cements in their ICICI-YSCA trophy semifinal on Saturday by 15 runs, thanks to a fifth wicket partnership of 113 between V. Subramania Siva and Ajay Kudua. In the final, it will take on IOC Mumbai, which had a seven-wicket victory over IOB ‘A’ in the other semifinal.
Chemplast, electing to bat, had lost four wickets for 37 runs in its 12 powerplay overs when Kudua walked in to join Siva, who had taken 16 balls to get off the mark. The five previous overs had yielded five runs — seamers P. Amarnath, J. Kaushik and M.K. Sivakumar working well.
Siva announced his presence with two sixes in two overs off Nair and off-spinner S. Suresh Kumar. Amarnath, brought back in the 27th over, went for 20 runs, Kudua clearing his front leg and launching sixes straight and over midwicket. Kudua’s run out in the next over did not stem the flow; Siva took over and 23 came off the 29th over, bowled by Sivakumar. India Cements skipper R. Prasanna scored 64, aggressive in the powerplays, getting fully forward and going over the top. No one managed to forge a substantial stand with the southpaw, however, and the target of 185 always looked just out of reach.
With left-arm spinner R. Raghuram taking four wickets, and getting plenty of support from the other bowlers, India Cements was bowled out in 29 overs for 169.
Chemplast Sanmar ‘B’ 184 for six in 30 overs (V. Subramania Siva 70 not out, Ajay Kudua 64) bt India Cements 169 in 29 Overs (R. Prasanna 64, R. Raghuram four for 36)
IOB ‘A’ 122 in 28.2 Overs (Amit Pathak 44, Paresh Patel four for 17) lost to IOC Mumbai 126 for three in 26.3 overs (Shrideep Mangela 66 not out).
IOB posts win
Good combined work, both in defence and in attack, by Sivabalan, Ukkrapandian and Moses enabled Indian Overseas Bank overcome a spirited challenge from Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu in the IOB-SRM senior division volleyball league championship at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, here on Friday.
IOB won 25-21, 4-39, 25-20.
The results: Men: ICF bt BSNL 25-14, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21; Southern Railway bt Sathyabama 25-15, 25-14, 25-16; Commando Police bt TNEB 25-14, 33-31, 25-17. Women: Southern Railway bt SDAT 25-16, 25-10; Armed Police bt Dr. Sivanthi Club 25-12, 25-15.
The Professional Basketball Academy has begun an annual camp in association with the Union Christian High School, Nowroji Road, Chetpet for boys and girls at the school premises. Practice sessions are to be held on all weekends and holidays. Call Ramalingam, head coach, (9840022885). Email: email@example.com
The Velammal Institute of Technology State senior tennikoit championships will take place at Sri Rajalakshmi MHSS, Velachery, on July 26 and 27.
Entries close on July 21 at 6 p.m. For details contact S. Ravi, Secretary, TTKA (28446661/28444843).