Positive declaration powers Alwarpet’s victory push
X. Thalaivan Sargunam completed his maiden double-century in the TNCA first-division cricket league here on Tuesday and helped Globe Trotters recover to a comfortable position in its third-round match against IOB.
The 26-year-old opener, who resumed on 118, extended his stay to a minute short of 10 hours and made 201 n.o. (452b, 16x4, 3x6).
Thalaivan and R.D. Ashwin Kumar (81) added 151 for the ninth wicket, allowing Trotters to declare on 396 for nine.
The other double-century of the day came from R. Nilesh Subramanian, who needed to add just seven runs to his overnight score against TI Cycles.
Nilesh’s 210 (277b, 26x4, 2x6) and N. Einstein’s 84 powered Jolly Rovers to 543.
For TI Cycles, N. Raghavendran, the 42-year-old off-spinner with a prolific first-division record, took five wickets before Athiraj Shandilya (77 batting) led the reply.
In other matches, P. Shijith Chandran, K. Martin Sanjeev, and Sree Kumar Nair made hundreds.
Shijith’s 139 n.o. (196b, 15x4, 1x6) and aggressive declaration enabled Alwarpet progress towards an outright win against Indian Bank.
Martin Sanjeev’s 121 (221b, 8x4, 4x6) complemented V. Subramania Siva’s 179, as Young Stars made 435 against Vijay. Sree Kumar Nair’s unbeaten 103 (159b, 9x4, 1x6) helped Grand Slam declare its innings on 440 for seven against Aruna.
Indrajith makes 147
The 18-year-old B. Indrajith advanced from 109 to 147 before UFCC was dismissed for 371.
Seamer M. Mohammed and leg-spinner M. Ashwin split eight wickets for Pistons.
Rain brought an early end to the second day’s play at all venues except Murugappa.
The scores (round three, day two):
At CPT-IP: UFCC (T. Nagar) 371 in 130.3 overs (B. Indrajith 147, M.K. Sivakumar 68, M. Mohammed four for 55, M. Ashwin four for 141) vs. India Pistons 64 for three in 28.3 overs.
At MRF-Pach.: Globe Trotters 396 for nine decl. in 156.5 overs (X. Thalaivan Sargunam 201 n.o., R.D. Ashwin Kumar 81, G.V.S. Prasad four for 122) vs. IOB 51 for one in 20 overs.
At Murugappa: Jolly Rovers 543 in 125 overs (R. Nilesh Subramanian 210, Anand Subramanian 148, N. Einstein 84, N. Raghavendran five for 181) vs. TI Cycles 153 for four in 55 overs (Athiraj Shandilya 77 batting).
At RKM-Viveka: Grand Slam 440 for seven decl. in 139.3 overs (Vijay Shankar 55, V. Maaruthi Raghav 77, Sree Kumar Nair 103 n.o., K. Varun Kumar 55, M. Raja 50 n.o.) vs. Aruna 38 for two in 31 overs.
At IIT-Chemplast: Indian Bank 120 and 80 for four in 31 overs vs. Alwarpet 316 for one decl. in 78 overs (Varun Anand 70, P. Shijith Chandran 139 n.o., S. P. Nathan 64 n.o.).
At SRMC (turf): Young Stars 435 in 145.1 overs (T. Dushyanth 43, V. Subramania Siva 179, K. Martin Sanjeev 121) vs. Vijay 51 for no loss in 14 overs.
Nilesh Subramanian (210, Rovers)
Thalaivan Sargunam (201 n.o., Trotters)
Shijith Chandran (139 n.o., Alwarpet)
(121, Young Stars)
Sree Kumar Nair
(103 n.o., Grand Slam)
(five for 181, TI Cycles)