Hat-trick by Ashok Kumar

Chennai: A hat-trick by centre forward Ashok Kumar gave ICF a 4-0 win over Calicut’s Universal FC in the first round of the Don Bosco-Fr. McFerran Trophy football tournament here on Saturday.

ICF took the lead in the 35th minute, Ashok diving to head home Venkatesan’s cross from the left flank. Ten minutes into the second half, Jegan Senior, one of two Jegans in ICF’s midfield received the ball on the right side of the penalty box and rolled it across the face of goal for Ashok to complete a simple tap-in.

It was soon three-nil, Jegan Junior slotting in from close range a low cross from right winger Suresh Kumar.

J. Auxiano, who replaced Jegan Senior, earned his side a penalty three minutes from time, tripped by centre half Riyas after he had forced his way into the box from the right. Ashok capped his efficient display with an emphatic spot kick, struck cleanly into the top right corner.

Earlier, Bangalore DFA recovered from a 3-0 deficit to beat Don Bosco Annai Youth 5-3.

Big win for St. Bede’s ‘A’

St. Bede’s ‘A’ (Tamil Nadu) beat Shreyas High School (Baroda) by 128 runs in the pre-quarterfinals of the BCCI all-India inter-schools tournament for the Polly Umrigar Trophy in Mumbai on Saturday.

Opener B. Ananth scored an unbeaten 123 (146b, 9x4s) and B. Aparjith also an unbeaten 120 (125 balls, 9x4s, 1x6). Ananth and Aparjith put on 246 for the third wicket.

The scores: St. Bede’s ‘A’ (Tamil Nadu) 302 for three in 50 overs (B. Ananth 123 not out, B. Aparjith 120 not out) bt Shreyas HS (Gujarat) 174 in 40.4 overs (Dharam Kahar 40, Hens Kahar 55, Aswin Crist three for 35, Bharat Shankar three for 30)

KDMA (Uttar Pradesh) 171 in 45.1 overs (A. Panda three for 23, S. Mohanand three for 6) beat Sundargarh Public School (Orissa) 135 in 44.1 overs (Ravi Rajpoot three for 23).

Jamal scores hat-trick

Jamal’s hat-trick was the highlight of PSG Arts College (Coimbatore)’s 5-1 win over Muthaiammal College (Salem) in the super league match of the Rev. Fr. Murphy memorial football tournament at Loyola here on Saturday.

Vinoth and Arun scored the remaining two goals. For Muthaiammal, Tunden Wank Chak found the target.

Other results (super league): Loyola (Yellows) 3 (Lokesh, Ponraj, Lesley) bt AVS College (Salem) 0.

St. Joseph’s (Tiruchi) 1 (Christhuraj) bt Jeppiaar EC 0.

Loyola 1 (LalChanChocho) bt Mar Athanasius College (Kothamangalam, Kerala) 0.

Sharmila wins title

A. Sharmila triumphed in the girls’ under-14 category of the Nungambakkam Club State-ranking tennis tournament, defeating under-12 champion Pragati Nataraj 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

The results (finals): Boys: Under-12: Arjun Ramakrishnan bt Samyukth Balaji 6-1, 6-0; U-14: A. Naveen Kumar bt C. Madan Mohan 6-3, 6-4.

Girls: U-12: Pragati Nataraj bt S. Praveena 7-6(1), 6-2; U-14: A. Sharmila bt Pragati Nataraj 6-3, 6-2.

Men’s doubles: Rateesh Sridhar & Ajay Selvaraj bt Rameez & Uday Kumar Reddy 7-5, 6-4.

Children U-10: R. Preeth Kumar bt L.A. Baarath Aakash 8-0.

Sugata declared winner

Sugata Mukherjee, a 21-year-old college student from Kolkata, has been declared winner of the Nike India ‘Extreme Manchester United Fan’ contest.

Hukku on song

Shikar Hukku played a captain’s innings to secure a four-wicket win and a semifinal spot for St. John’s ES & JC in the Sacred Heart city schools under-14 tournament.

The scores: Sir Sivasamy Kalalaya 92 in 29.3 overs (Karthik 32, C. Asuthosh three for 12) lost to St. John’s ES & JC 93 for six in 28.1 overs (Shikar Hukku 61 n.o.).

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