CHENNAI: Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Central Excise fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the St. Joseph's-CFA senior division league here on Tuesday.

SAI enjoyed much of the possession in the first half and was unlucky not to have taken the lead in the 30th minute when forward K. Vengadesan's header off a free kick by Sathish Kumar went inches wide of the left post.

In the 42nd minute, Excise found the back of the net, but the effort was ruled out as T. Karthikeyan was adjudged to have used his hand in the build-up.

In the second half, SAI struck in the 51st minute. Vengadesan cushioned a deft header onto the path of his partner J. Suresh, who stroked the ball effortlessly past the Excise goalkeeper.

Excise equalised within a minute when A. Tamilarulan, who was later declared the Man of the Match, latched on to a through ball from substitute T. Ramu and finished with aplomb. Thereafter, Tamilarulan turned provider and played a superb shot over the SAI backline for P. Binuraj to finish and give Excise the lead. SAI, though, maintained its composure and was rewarded when Excise centre-back C. Babu sent the ball into his own net after a fine cross by Wayne D'Silva.

Earlier in the first division, TNEB defeated HVF 2-1. Iruthayanathan and M. Murugan scored for TNEB, while J. Surender netted for HVF.

Corporate golf

The Rotary Club of Madras and Nippon Paints will organise the third edition of the Chennai corporate golf challenge, a charity event, on March 20 at the Madras Gymkhana Club.

“The idea of the tournament is to promote serious golf and support charitable causes,” said Ravi Katari, chairman, Rotary Club golf committee.

George Cherian, President, Rotary Club of Madras, said, “this year, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the ‘Save the Tiger' campaign. Our aim is to draw a large number of corporates to participate and associate with the cause.”

The event is open to corporates at all levels, people from the armed forces and government personnel.

The main prize — the Jhaver Cup — will be awarded to the best team

Sun TV wins

Sun TV chalked out a five wicket win over TNT in the final of the Krafters India limited overs cricket tournament held recently. After TNT had scored 138 for six in 20 overs, Sun TV made 140 for five in 18.2 overs.

Other results: Semifinals: TNT earned a walk over; Sun TV 178 for five bt Jet Airways 88 in 18.4 overs.

Quarterfinals: Sun TV 139 for five in 15 overs bt The Hindu 128 for five in 15 overs; MRF 67 in 13 overs lost to TNT 68 for two in 11 overs; iNautix 80 in 15 overs lost to Jet Airways 81 for four in 12 overs.

Earlier matches: KNR Infotech 163 for five in 15 overs bt Vestin Park 83 for five in 15 overs; The Hindu 126 for nine in 15 overs bt FSS 56 in 14.2 overs; MRF 136 for four in 15 overs bt DHOOM 46 in 11.4 overs; BIG FM 103 for seven in 15 overs lost to Jet Airways 106 for three in 11.2 overs; Boeing Club 100 for two in 11 overs bt Atmel 66 in 12.4 overs; Sun TV 140 for five in 15 overs bt Tulsyan 84 for seven in 15 overs; TNT 138 for five in 15 overs bt Karvy Stockbroking 36 in 8 overs; iNautix 136 for four in 15 overs bt ITC 84 in 15 overs .

Dinesh shines

Dinesh's 87 took Hindustan University to a 90-run win over Jerusalem Engineering in the Dr. MGR Memorial inter-institutional cricket tournament here.

The scores: Hindustan University 167 for six in 20 overs (Dinesh 87, Bharat Ram 23) bt Jerusalem Engineering 77 in 19 overs; GKM Engg. 117 (Thirumaran 28, Naresh 29) bt SA Engg. 110 in 19.1 overs; Valliammai 70 for seven in 15 overs lost to Thangavelu Engg. 73 for two in 9.3 overs (Sai 34 n.o.); Panimalar 87 in 18 overs (Kamal 39) lost to Ramachandra 91 for four in 9.3 overs (Harrish 29, Anandhakrishnan 22); St. Joseph's 70 in 17.1 overs (Pandian 26) lost to Tagore 71 for two in 10.4 overs (Narendran 27); Rajalakshmi 129 for five in 19.2 overs (Thirumalai 47) bt Crescent 126 for seven in 20 overs (Farook 41, Sai Ram 27) .

Chess tournament

The Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited will sponsor the Manali International FIDE-rating chess tournament to be organised by the Thiruvallur District Association from May 1 to 6. The total prize pool is Rs. 100,000. The AICF registration fee for the year 2010-11 is compulsory for all Indian participants. Entries close on April 20. Contact S. Balaraman, ph: 94447 51432.

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