HYDERABAD: Powered by Devraj's hat-trick, South Zone drubbed West Zone 6-0 in the inaugural match of the 35th all-India FCI inter-zonal football tournament at the Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Monday.

Devraj struck in the fourth, 22nd and 26th minutes to give the host a convincing 3-0 lead. Just before the break Jai Kumar scored the fourth goal. In the second session, Krishna Kumar and Vijayan netted one each in the space of one minute to seal the rival's fate.

In the second match of the evening, North-East Zone recorded a 2-0 win against Headquarters (Delhi) with K. Rava striking once in each session. Earlier, P. Krishna Babu, MD, AP Markfed, inaugurated while A.S. Chhabra, ED, South Zone (FCI) and A.N. Murthy, deputy manager (FCI, AP), also graced the occasion along with former Asian Games gold medallist Shiny Wilson.

Kadapa to host

Kadapa will host the National youth handball championship for boys and girls (under-19) from January 27 to 31, according to M. Ramachandra Reddy, organising secretary. Twenty-six states will vie for top honours.

All the participants can contact on No. 94404 27922 for any information on the organisational front. The floodlit event will be organised on four specially laid courts.

Valerian wins

Valerian Grammar School defeated Kendriya Vidyalaya (Picket) 4-0 in the final of the E.S. Devadattam memorial inter-school football tournament here. Edwin netted a brace, Sandeep and Suraj one each to complete the tally. Jeevakan, ex-chairman of Alwal Municipality, gave away the prizes.

Easy win

Andhra Bank recorded a five-wicket win against Ensconse in the A-Division (one-day) knockout cricket tournament here.

The scores: A-Division (one-day) knockout: Ensconse 206 for six (Samiullah 64 not out) lost to Andhra Bank 209 for five (Naveen Reddy 80 not out, D. Vinay Kumar 58).

SCRSA 215 for eight (R.A. Vishwanath 46, Balaji K. Singh 64) bt India Cements 161 (Ahmed Quadri 61).

HDCA league

Hyderabad District Cricket Association will organise its annual league championship featuring 15 teams, including many schools, from January 22 and all the affiliated clubs are to collect the draw copies and identity cards from the Association by January 21. Further particulars can be had from G. Sudarshan Raju, Raju's Cricket Academy, Jubilee Hills Cross Roads or on Phone Nos. 23540747 or 9236579013.

Corporate Tennis

Sports Un-Limited in association with Sports Mantra will organise the inaugural Tata Consultancy Services corporate tennis challenger tennis tournament from January 25. Matches will be held at the floodlit Decco Court (Deccan Park), TCS campus (Madhapur). For registrations contact Phone No. 93464 68595.

Bolarum Challenge

Cup football

Bolarum Sporting Club and Cantonment Football Club will organise the 10th Bolarum Challenge Cup football tournament from January 28 at Government Junior College. Further details can be had from Aleem Khan at the venue in the evening hours or from Mani Bhushan on Phone Nos. 98850 01762 or 98485 34045.

AP wins bronze

The Andhra Pradesh team comprising V. Rajesh, M. Suresh, A.R. Anil Kumar and B. Rupesh picked a bronze in the 1,500m team time trial in the boys under-19 years category with a timing of 1:58.551 in the National cycling championship in Patiala on Monday, according to information received here. Punjab (1:48.142) and Rajasthan (1:49.514) won the gold and silver respectively.

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