CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu triumphed in the South Zone under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy cricket tournament which concluded in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.
Tamil Nadu was crowned champion with 18 points after five league games. Hyderabad, with 16 points, and Karnataka, with 14 points, were placed second and third. Andhra (11 points), Goa (4) and Kerala (2) were the other teams in the fray. Tamil Nadu’s B. Aparajith was the top-scorer with 618 runs in five matches including three consecutive hundreds and a half-century.
The other century-makers in the tournament were G.H. Vihari of Hyderabad (one double hundred and one hundred), Shreyas Gopal of Karnataka (two hundreds), Darshan Misal of Goa, B. Anirudh, Vaibhav, Abhishek Ashok and Mallikarjun of Hyderabad, B. Indrajith and K. Bharath Shankar of Tamil Nadu, and K. Rajeev of Andhra.
Among the bowlers, C.V. Milind of Hyderabad, Shreyas Gopal of Karnataka (twice) and P. Mithun of Goa registered five-wicket hauls.
The scores (final league match): Andhra 203 drew with Tamil Nadu 222 for six in 75 overs (B. Aparajith 47, K. Bharath Shankar 61, B. Indrajith 55 n.o., R. Jaya Chandran 30, S. Huq three for 68).