Veteran Karnataka cricketer Anand P. Katti announced his retirement from first-class cricket here on Thursday. The 38-year-old said an operation he underwent on his knee last year hastened his decision.

“I'm nearing 39 and I don't want to risk injuring my body any further,” he said. Katti played a total of 46 first class matches in a career that lasted 13 years, winning the Ranji Trophy and the Irani Trophy twice with Karnataka.

The left-arm-spinner made his first-class debut for Karnataka in October 1996 and was an integral part of the Ranji-winning teams in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. After a four year absence from the Karnataka side, Katti shifted base to Assam in 2005 and went on to represent the north-eastern State till the end of the 2008-09 domestic season. Belgaum-born Katti bagged a total of 141 first-class wickets, with the 2008-09 Duleep Trophy semifinal at Mumbai, where he represented East Zone, his last competitive match.

Katti said, however, that he would continue to play league cricket for State Bank of Mysore.

Seeulee posts win

Seeulee Upadyaya, the 14-year-old wild card entry from Orissa, continued her dream run in the Enerzal open senior National ranking tennis tournament at the Tennis Excellence courts here with a straight sets upset win over fourth seed Sindhu Nila Partheepan of Tamil Nadu and advance into the women's singles semifinals. Seeulee will now take on Maharashtra's Parija Maloo who ended veteran Archana Venkatraman's run, also in straight sets.

In the men's quarterfinals, former Davis Cupper and a wild card entrant here, Vijay Kannan of Tamil Nadu showed his old form and craft to oust fifth seed Ajai Selvarajan (TN).

The results: Quarterfinals: men: Vijay Sundar Prashanth (TN) bt Elwin Antony (TN) 7-5, 7-5; Vinod Sridhar (TN) bt Neeraj Elangovan (TN) 6-4, 6-3; Vijay Kannan (TN) bt Ajai Selvaraj (TN) 6-4, 6-2; Mithun Murali (TN) bt Shahbaaz Khan (Mah) 6-2, 6-3.

Women: Isha Lakhani (Kar) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti (AP) 6-0, 7-5; Parija Maloo (Mar) bt Archana Venkatraman (Kar) 6-4, 6-1; Seeulee Upadhyaya (Ors) bt Sindhu Nila Partheepan (TN) 7-6(5), 6-1; Sharon Paul (TN) bt Sushma Gutta (AP) 3-1 conceded.

Doubles: semifinals: Men: Aditya Tewari & Kunal Anand bt Ajay Selvaraj & Vinod Sridhar 3-6, 6-3, 10-8; Mithun Murali & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood 7-6(0), 5-7, 10-6.

Women: Final: Isha Lakhani & Archana Venkatraman (Kar) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti (AP) & Shalaka M Uddur (Kar) 6-2, 6-2.

Mixed doubles (semifinals): Elwin Antony & Sharon Paul bt Sagar Ahuja & Sowmya Pulumati 9-2; Sagar Manjanna & Parija Maloo bt Vishnu Arvind Bestha & Sowjanya Bavisetti 9-3 .

St. Joseph's in final

St. Joseph's Indian High School entered the final of the KSCA under-16 inter-School cricket tournament after an emphatic win over Bethany High School here on Thursday.

Saif Siddique top-scored with an unbeaten 96 as St. Joseph's romped home in 27.1 overs, chasing down the 155-run target with all 10 wickets intact.

In Monday's final, St. Joseph's will face Bishop Cotton Boys School, which posted a similarly convincing win over Delhi Public School (South).

The scores: Semifinals: Delhi Public School (South) 152 in 47.2 overs (M. Vineeth 44, Pradeep 36, Aaron Fernandez three for 22, R.S. Karthikeyan three for 26) lost to Bishop Cotton Boys School 153 for four in 32 overs (Aaron Ajeet 52, Prithvi Raj 47, Aditya Abraham 25); Bethany HS 154 in 46.1 overs (S. Shreyas 56, S. Akash 28, Abdul Latif Path three for 11, Ojas Yadav three for 36) lost to St. Joseph's HIS 158 for no loss in 27.1 overs (Saif Siddique 96 n.o., Kevin Bradly 27 n.o.) .

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