U. Manikandan returned figures of six for 26 as Madurai defeated Virudhunagar by nine wickets in the TNCA under-16 inter-district cricket tournament here on Thursday.

The scores (league):

At Thanjavur: Tiruvannamalai 230 in 49.2 overs (P. Hariharasudan 52, S. Krishna Kumar 43, S.M. Saravanan 39) bt Thanjavur 155 in 44.3 overs (M.B. Manoj Kumar 38 n.o., M. Manivannan four for 20).

Erode 183 in 49 overs (Manoj Prabhakar 30, R. Mani three for 33) lost to Dharmapuri 184 for eight in 48.4 overs (M. Manikandan 32 n.o., M. Madhu 31, A. Ravi 31, P. Sriram three for 25).

At Theni: Theni 203 for eight in 50 overs (Adiseshan 60, Gowtheeshwaran 33, Thameem three for 40) bt Kanyakumari 51 in 21.3 overs (Deepan Raj five for 20, Sujith Kannan four for 25).

Perambalur 80 in 42.3 overs (R. Anirudh three for 26) lost to Kancheepuram 82 for no loss in 12.3 overs (Roop Prasad 44 n.o., S. Santhosh 32 n.o.).

At Tuticorin: Virudhunagar 81in 24.5 overs (Chakravarthi 32, U. Manikandan six for 26) lost to Madurai 82 for one in 10.3 overs (Ateek Fasal 49 n.o.).

Namakkal 124 in 28.1 overs (Rajaguru 33, Suresh four for 25, Jayalingam four for 28) bt Tuticorin 47 in 24.2 overs (Murugesan three for 16, Pacheeswaran three for four).

At Sivaganga: Tiruvarur 65 in 28.2 overs (R.M. Natarajan four for 25, S. Pandidurai three for four) lost to Sivaganga 67 for one in 12.4 overs.

Ramanathapuram 92 in 35.2 overs (R. Manikandan four for 22 (incl. a hat-trick)) lost to Nagapattinam 97 for four in 17.2 overs.

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