VIJAYAWADA: In a see-saw battle, Uttar Pradesh drew with Jharkhand 1-1 in a Group F encounter of the DNR 12th sub-junior National hockey championship at the DNR grounds at Bhimavaram on Thursday.
After a barren first half, Uttar Pradesh took the lead in the 41st minute with Sunil Kumar Sarkar sounding the board with a fine goal. The players from Jharkhand fought back and drew parity in the 59th minute, thanks to G. Tigga's goal.
In Group C, Jammu & Kashmir made mincemeat of Gurajat 10-0, while Bihar defeated Hyderabad 4-0 in a Group H encounter, with Binay Bhemgra converting a penalty corner in the very first minute. He also scored in the 51st and 68th minutes to seal the fate of Hyderabad.
Himachal Pradesh outplayed Rajasthan 4-1 thanks to the efforts of Prashanth Kalsh, Harveek Singh and Sachin Kumar.
The results: Group A: Mumbai 3 bt Madhya Pradesh 1; Group B: Namdhari 0 drew with Chandigarh 0: Group C: Jammu & Kashmir 10 bt Gujarat 0, Orissa 6 bt Kerala 0; Group D: Haryana 2 bt Chattisgarh 0, Patiala 4 bt Bengal 2; Group E: Vidharbha 4 bt Uttaranchal 1; Group F: Uttar Pradesh 1 drew with Jharkhand 1, Maharashtra 4 bt Pondicherry 0; Group G: Himachal Pradesh 4 bt Rajasthan 1, Tamil Nadu 6 bt Tripura 0; Group H: Bihar 4 bt Hyderabad 0. Sports Reporter