VPSC regains The Hindu Trophy

CHAMPION SQUAD: The VPSC team which won The Hindu Trophy on Wednesday.

CHAMPION SQUAD: The VPSC team which won The Hindu Trophy on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K.R. Deepak

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam Port Sports Council regained The Hindu Trophy after a gap of several years, with Ranji player Hemal Vatekar slamming an unbeaten century to lead the team to a six-wicket win over Cavaliers CC in the final at the Port stadium here on Wednesday.

VPSC was set a target of 228 and Vatekar with his 137 not out (15x4, 6x1) out of the team’s total of 230 made the task easy.

He added 111 runs for the third wicket with A. Sriram (38). Md. M. Basha made 22. M. Dinesh Kumar and V. Vishnu picked up two wickets each.

In the morning, half-centuries by B.P. Srinivasa Rao (55, 6x4, 1x6) and V. Lenin (53, 6x4) and their 94-run stand for the fifth wicket was the highlight of Cavaliers innings. D. Swaroop scored 36 (5x4). Cavaliers made 227.

Vatekar, Jayakumar shine

Vatekar claimed three wickets and another spinner P. Jayakumar picked up three and Ch. Radhakrishna accounted for two.

VPSC received the rolling silver trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 from Chairman of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust Ajeya Kallam, who was chief guest of the valedictory function.

President of VDCA and former president of ACA D.V. Subba Rao and others were present. Cavaliers received the runner-up trophy and a cash award of Rs. 5,000.

Vatekar was adjudged The Sportstar Player of the Tournament and received Rs. 1,000. He was also Man-of-the-Match of the final. K. Burrayya of Cavaliers was the best all-rounder.

V. Lenin and C. Sneha Kishore of Metro C.C. were the Best Batsman and Best Bowler of the tournament. Young K.S. Bharat of Vizag Colts, an under-16 player, and Burrayya were declared Man-of-the-Match of the semifinals.

The scores: Cavaliers CC 227 in 50 overs (B.P. Srinivasa Rao 55, V. Lenin 53) lost to Visakhapatnam Port Sports Council 230 for four in 42.1 overs (H. Vatekar 137 n.o.).

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