South Zone claims under-19 title

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: South Zone won the title in the Under-19 inter-zone cricket tournament at the Agriculture College ground, Vellayani here on Thursday. South Zone finished its engagements with four points after it drew its last match against Central Zone which finished second with two points.

Central Zone, which conceded the first innings lead, set South Zone a challenging target of 231 off 43 overs on the final day.

But South Zone batsmen fell to the wiles of left arm spinner G.S.Shiju who checked the progress with a fine spell of six for 69. South was 149 for six when the play was called off.

The scores:

Central Zone 252 & 268 off 68.1 overs (Abhishek Hegde 104, Davis Manavalan 59, V.S.Shiju 32, Rohan Prem three for 21) drew with South Zone 290 & 149 for six off 43 overs (Madan Mohan 52, Akhil Viswanath 48, G.S.Shiju six for 69).

Semifinalists spotted

KOCHI: V. Shankar, S. Settu, Srinivasa Reddy and M. Suresh entered the semifinals in the over-45 age category of the RSC AITA National veterans' ranking tennis tournament at the RSC here on Thursday.

The results: Over-45: Singles (quarterfinals): V. Shankar (Del) bt P.V. Timothy (Ker) 6-1, 6-2; S. Setthu (TN) bt Pushparaj (Kar) 6-3, 6-3; Srinivasa Reddy (AP) bt K. Vijaykumar (Ker) 6-3, 6-3; M. Suresh (AP) bt K.R. Raman (AP) 7-6, 8-6, 6-3. Doubles (quarterfinals): Shankar/Srinivasa Reddy bt Poonacha/Anandmohan 6-1, 6-2; Raman/Ramesh bt Manmada Rao/Vijaykumar 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; A.R. Rao/M. Suresh bt Khan/Satyanarayana 6-0, 6-1; S. Settu/K. Vijaykumar bt Joseph Franco/Jaysankar 6-1, 6-1.

Over-55: Singles (quarterfinals): Srikanth Parekh (Mah) bt B.K. Iyer 6-1, 6-1; T.A.P.N. Rao (AP) bt S. Narasimha Rao (AP) 6-2, 6-3; D. Gururaj (Kar) bt P.R. Raju (AP) 6-2, 6-3; V. Rammohan (AP) bt A.G. Krishan (TN) 6-0, 7-5. Doubles (semifinals): Srikanth/T.A.P.N. Rao bt H.S. Sarma/D.S.N. Raju 6-2, 6-0.

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