Tuticorin: Southern Railway, Chennai, wrapped up its match against Jatra Suru Sangha, Kolkata, 25 - 17, 25 - 20, 25 - 13 in just 52 minutes in the Vedanta National League Volleyball championship (group III) for the Sterlite Trophy, organised by PSTS Foundation and Tuticorin District Volleyball Association, here on Wednesday.
Southern Railway's win is its second and the team is a strong contender for the super league to be held at Kochi. There was a measure of fluency in international Kapil Dev's setting. Mukesh Lal and Sunil Kumar were steady both in block and spiking. International Sivarjan lent good support particularly with his jump service.
Southern Railway did not have to stretch much. The Kolkata players were unable to control their erratic spiking and gave away easy points. Even blockers Anand Mishra and Avijit Choudhury could not arrest the steady attack by the Railway players.
In late night matches on Tuesday, Southern Railway registered a 25 - 17, 25 - 19, 24 - 26, 25 - 23 victory over arch-rival, Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai, in the thrilling encounter, which lasted for 83 minutes
Southern Railway, with all its key players playing superbly, took the first two sets without much difficulty. But IOB bounced back when former International setter Thulasi Reddy replaced Ukkara Pandian and changed the complexion of the game. He controlled the game with his fine settings for spikers Natarajan and Sivabalan to execute their smashes with telling effect.
IOB took the third set at 26 - 24, led till 20 - 17 in the fourth and could have taken the game to the tiebreaker. At this stage Railway's shored up its and the IOB spikers faltered. Railway clinched the issue at 25 - 23.
In the women's section, Kerala State Electricity Board, Thiruvanthapuram, gave a fine display with international P.V. Sheeba spearheading the attack. She got enough support from other internationals like Aswani S. Kumar and Gisha Thomas as KSEB beat Dr. Sivanthi Club, Chennai, 25 - 12, 25 - 20, 25 - 11 in just 53 minutes.
Century by Narashiman
A dazzling century by Narashiman (103) and half centuries by Vinoth(59) and Chellappa (50) helped Pusco Cricket Club chalk out a 73-run victory over Gavaskar Cricket Club in the TDCA first division league at Tuticorin recently.
The scores: first division: Pusco CC 279 for nine in 45 overs (Vinoth 59, Chellappa 50, Narashiman 103) bt Gavaskar CC 206 in 41.4 overs (Pon Anand 62, Siva 66).
DCW CC 141 in 39.1overs (Raj four for 25) lost to Classic CC 144 for 5 in 27.2 overs
(Edwin 40, Nathan 52 not out).
Second division: Kayal CC 61 in 27.5 overs (Emmanuel five for 15) lost to Young Star CC 62 for seven in 16.2 overs.
Third division: TRC CC `A' 124 in 29.5 overs (M. Sudharshan four for 33) bt Pope CC 107 in 17.3 overs (C. Vasanth six for 46).
Best Chess Academy will organise a State - level open chess tournament for boys and girls at Madurai on March 4. Contact K.R. Prasath, Secretary BCA, Ph. 93606 94215.