CHENNAI: The transfer and registration of players for the 2016-2017 season of the TNCA is gathering steam. DB Prasanth of Andhra, who had a fruitful Ranji Trophy last season and is tipped to lead his state in place of Mohammed Kaif, has been roped in by Triplicane Sports Club, the newly promoted side in the TNCA First Division League.
“Prasanth is a quality player who did well last season. He fits our requirement and since conditions in Andhra are similar to that of TN, he will be a valuable outstation player,” said a TSC source. Prasanth is an opener and occasional leg-spinner.
Chemplast Group will continue with Jayant Yadav and Ankit Bhawne. “We have retained Jayant and Ankit. Deepak Hooda and Vikas Mishra have not been considered because they may not be available for the full season. This is a good opportunity for local lad Shah Rukh Khan,” informed a highly-placed source. “As far as R Ashwin is concerned, he is yet to come to us. The ball is in his court,” added the source.
India Cements is regrouping its three teams. Sources indicated Vijay Shankar and R Rohit may be roped in to strengthen Grand Slam, while Yo Mahesh could play for UFCC T Nagar.
Globe Trotters win
Ashwath Mukunthan (3-23) and Basil Thampi (3-19) helped Globe Trotters-MRF beat AG’s Office in Round 1 of the 11th VAP Trophy one-day tournament. Rain ruined action in grounds and VJD method was used to decide the winner.
At IIT-Chemplast: Jolly Rovers Sanmar 241 in 45.4 ovs (M Kaushik Gandhi 54, Piyush Chawla 95, R Alexandar 3-40) lost to Nelson 150/4 in 35 ovs (Adithya Giridhar 53, Prashanth K Varma 3-32). Nelson won by 6 runs on VJD method. At SSN: Grand Slam India Cements 271/9 in 50 ovs (J Kousik 72) bt Young Stars Kalpathi Investments 116 in 31.2 ovs (M Ashwin 3-19, V Maaruthi Raghav 3-36). Grand Slam won by 162 runs on VJD method.
At MRF-Pachaiyappa’s: Globe Trotters MRF 129 in 44.3 ovs (Vignesh Kannan 4-34) bt AG’s Office 89 in 29.5 ovs (Ashwath Mukunthan 3-23, Basil Thampi 3-19). At IC-Guru Nanak: Vijay India Cements 232/3 in 28 ovs (R Rohith 92, Vijay Shankar 43 no, Abhinav Mukund 47) drew with ICF 23/5 in 12 ovs (rain intervened).