: Medium-pacer Sameer Kumar, with a six-wicket haul, provided the perfect start to the 19th edition of The Hindu trophy annual prize money cricket tournament, when M.F. Khan CC beat Vizag Blues by 94 runs at the Port stadium here on Saturday.
Cavaliers C.C. beat Visakhapatnam Steel Plant by seven wickets at Ukku stadium and Visakhapatnam CC defeated Good Friends CC by 40 runs at the Zinc stadium, in other first round matches.
The scores : M.F. Khan CC 195 in 47 overs (K.N.S. Pavan Kumar 57, Jaideep Sirkar 35, M. Ravi Shankar 31, P. Rajesh four for 37, Nagesh Kumar three for 28) bt Vizag Blues 101 in 27.2 overs (K.V.V. Suryanarayana 25, Sameer Kumar six for 20); Visakhapatnam Steel Plant 122 in 34 overs (K.L. Diwakar 50 n.o., B. Ayyappa three for 24) lost to Cavaliers CC 123 for three in 17.4 overs (Ricky Bhui 41 n.o., B.P. Srinivas 30, V. Lenin 27).
Visakhapatnam C.C. 246 in 48.4 overs (U. Rambabu 76, V. Uday Bhaskar Reddy 40, N. Swami Nayudu 38, K. Srikanth four for 44, K. Nagarjuna three for 50) bt Good Friends CC 206 in 33.4 overs (P. Ravindra 75, M. Gopal 36, N. Tata Reddy four for 49).