CHENNAI: V Ganga Sridhar Raju’s patient 105 enabled India Pistons to post a modest 257 for four against Vijay CC on Day 1 of their TNCA Senior Division Elite Group semifinal match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. Ganga and C Ganapathi (88 no) added 174 runs in 50.1 overs for the fourth wicket to bail out Pistons, who were at one stage reeling at 69 for 3.
Brief scores: At MAC: India Pistons 257/4 in 90 ovs (Ganga Raju 105, Ganapathi Chandrasekar 88 no; Rahil Shah 3/78) vs Vijay CC; At SSN: Jolly Rovers 229/7 in 80 ovs (Kaushik Gandhi 72) vs Alwarpet CC.
TNCA U-16 tournament
The 2017-2018 TNCA-City schools U-16 tournament for the C Ramaswamy Trophy will commence from the first week of July. Boys born on or after September 1 2001 can participate.
Entry forms may be collected from the TNCA office from June 14, and the same must be submitted on or before June 24.
Double wicket tournament
The Vidya Mandir Alumni Association (VMAA) will conduct the inaugural Gautam double wicket tournament for First Division clubs of the TNCA on June 17 and 24 at the Marina grounds.
The association-approved tournament will see some of the top players from the state in action, and provide an excellent opportunity to unearth quality all-rounders. The 12 participating teams will be divided into four groups. Each team will play two league games, with the topper qualifying for the semifinals.
The league stage will be four-over contests, while knockouts will be six overs per team.
VMAA will also continue to host the inter-school double wicket U-16 tournament, conducted annually in memory of N Gautam, an alumini of Vidya Mandir who played for Tamil Nadu and Goa.
The school tournament will be held on June 18 and 24. A total of 16 city schools have been invited to participate.
ICF ball badminton champs
At the end of the Super League round, ICF, Chennai, emerged champions of the 9th St Joseph’s all-India ball badminton invitation tournament. Western Railway were placed second ahead of Southern Railway.
Results: Super League: ICF, Chennai bt St Joseph’s, Chennai 30-35, 35-32, 35-23; Western Railway bt Southern Railway 29-35, 35-33, 35-24; ICF, Chennai bt Southern Railway 35-28, 35-33; Western Railway bt St Joseph’s 35-24, 29-35, 35-22; Southern Railway bt St Joseph’s 35-18, 31-35, 35-21; ICF, Chennai bt Western Railway 30-35, 35-32, 35-23.
Final placings: 1. ICF, Chennai, 2. Western Railway, 3. Southern Railway, 4. St Joseph’s, Chennai.