Young Stars' Wilkins Victor, India Pistons' A.C. Prathiban, and Globe Trotters' W. Anthony Dhas struck telling blows on the first day of the 10th round of the TNCA first division cricket league, which began at various venues here.
Victor claimed six for 33 with his off-spin and combined with left-arm spinner D. Vasu (four for 24) to help Young Stars bowl ICF out for 61. Victor then hit 77, adding to half-centuries from T. Dushyanth (58) and I.T. Thabarak Baik (83 batting).
Pistons off-spinner Prathiban returned figures of six for 72, taking his tally to 47 wickets, the highest by any bowler this season. Indian Bank made 251 for nine, thanks to S. Karthik (59), T. Selvaganapathy (59), and S. Avaikkarasan (53 batting).
Dhas destroyed Grand Slam with his maiden five-wicket haul and fellow seamer Sunil Sam supported him with four wickets, allowing Globe Trotters to gain control by stumps. Also in a strong position was Jolly Rovers, which reduced UFCC (T. Nagar) to 199 for eight at IIT-Chemplast.
Abhinav in good nick
Abhinav Mukund made the only century of the day, a 144-ball 117 (17x4) that helped Vijay make 300 for three against IOB. Vijay Shankar, unbeaten on 90, went past 900 runs during his innings. Maaruthi Raghav contributed 54.
Aruna dismissed Falcon for 230 — Rohan Prem top-scored with 80 — before replying with 56 for no loss. Aruna off-spinner P. Sakthi took four wickets.
The scores (round 10, first day):
At SRMC: ICF 61 in 25.3 overs (D. Vasu four for 24, Wilkins Victor six for 33) vs. Young Stars 311 for four in 70 overs (T. Dushyanth 58, Wilkins Victor 77, I.T. Thabarak Baik 83 batting).
At RKM-Viveka: Vijay 300 for three in 90 overs (Abhinav Mukund 117, Vijay Shankar 90 batting, V. Maaruthi Raghav 54) vs. IOB.
At IIT-Chemplast: UFCC (T. Nagar) 199 for eight in 90 overs (S. Sharath 47) vs. Jolly Rovers.
At CPT-IP: Indian Bank 251 for nine in 90 overs (S. Karthik 59, T. Selvaganapathy 59, S. Avaikkarasan 53 batting, A.C. Prathiban six for 72) vs. India Pistons.
At Murugappa: Falcon 230 in 67.4 overs (Rohan Prem 80, M. Kamalesh 46, P. Sakthi four for 64) vs. Aruna 56 for no loss in 20 overs.
At MRF-Pachaiyappa's: Grand Slam 119 in 48.1 overs (V. Yomahesh 43, W. Anthony Dhas five for 32, Sunil Sam four for 34) vs. Globe Trotters 109 for two in 39 overs (Y. Venugopala Rao 44 batting).