CHENNAI: Harinder Pal Singh struggled but managed to douse the enthusiasm of Ramit Tandon, an opponent three years younger to him, in a quarterfinal match on Thursday in the TNSRA sixth circuit tournament, a PSA programme for National players only.
Harinder won but not before Ramit took the contest to the decisive fifth game and the tie-breaker.
Quarterfinal: Gaurav Nandrajog bt Parthiban 11-4, 11-3, 11-2; Naresh Kumar bt Karan Malik 11-10 (2-0), 11-8, 11-5; Parth Sharma bt Balamurugan 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9; Harinder Pal Singh bt Ramit Tandon 7-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-8, 5-11, 11-10 (2-0).
Pre-quarterfinals: Harinder Pal Singh bt Girish Sawlani 11-5, 11-1, 11-4; Ramit Tandon bt Paramjit Singh 11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 11-2; Balamurugan bt Ravi Dixit 10-11 (1-3), 11-9, 10-11 (1-3), 11-10 (5-3), 11-4; Parth Sharma bt Rishi Tandon 11-3, 11-8, 11-4; A. Parthiban bt Hari Om Tripathi 11-7, 11-6, 11-6; Gaurav Nandrajog bt Desappan 11-3, 11-6, 11-4; Karan Malik bt Shakti Singh 4-11, 11-6 concd.; Naresh Kumar bt V. Laxman 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.
Naresh scalps six
Despite V. Naresh Babu registering figures of six for 82, City gained the first innings lead on day two of the three-day under-17 return cricket match against Combined Districts at Puducherry.
A. Sidharth top-scored with 76 as City made 246 in response to Combined Districts’ 161. Shravan Krishnan had earlier taken five for 37 to help dismiss Districts in 72.5 overs.
Combined Districts 161 in 72.5 overs (Vignesh Pathy 30, Vijay Shankar 77, Shravan Krishnan five for 37, R. Saravana Kumar three for 40) and 72 for four in 29 overs (Vijay Shankar 32 batting) vs. City 246 in 81.4 overs (A. Sidharth 76, R. Rohit 42, R. Saravana Kumar 25, V. Naresh Babu six for 82, R. Rohit three for 70).
Combined Districts 125 for two
Combined Districts scored 125 for two in 105 overs on day one of the under-13 cricket match against City here at the ICL-Gurunanak ground, Chennai, on Thursday.
The scores: Combined Districts 125 for two in 105 overs (S. Harish Babu 44, U. Vishal 36 batting) vs. City.
Easy for Wesley HC
Wesley HC blanked Chennai Telephones 4-0 in a Chennai Hockey Association first division league match at the SDAT-Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, Chennai, on Wednesday. Dilip and Rajasekar scored a brace each.
Paramanu HC 11 (Peter Thandaiman 3, Rajesh 2, Bala 1, Krishna 3, Saravana 2) bt Star of Mackeys 0; Toronto HC 4 (Vinoth, Sakthi Priyan, Saravanan, Ganapathi) bt SDAT 1 (Antony Joel Prabu).
Chanakya Chess Academy will conduct the Maharaja Agrasen FIDE-rated open chess tournament from October 12 to 18 in Chennai. Entries close on Oct. 7. Call 2619 0855 / 94451-52046 for details.
The Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association’s State-ranking tournament will be held from October 12 in Chennai. Competition will be for sub-juniors, juniors, women and men, according to chief referee R.B. Ganesh. Entries close on Oct. 10. Call 24984940 for details.