CHENNAI: C Saffin’s 127 helped Nellai Nadar beat St Bede’s by 28 runs in the semifinals of the Suryoday Serenity Cup U-19 inter-school tournament. In another match played on the same day, B Sai Sudarshan notched up an unbeaten 81 and a four-for to carry Santhome to a five-wicket victory against Vidya Mandir. The losing team was rolled up for 148 in 79.3 overs courtesy Sudarshan’s stellar performance with the ball, before his fifty powered Santhome to a win in 39.5 overs. Semifinals: Nellai Nadar 263 in 62.2 ovs (C Saffin 127, Aadil Shaan 63; L Vetrivel 3/38) bt St Bede’s 235 in 80.1 ovs (Vignesh S Iyer 89, Shubhang Mishra 49, Rithik Easwaran 41; Tharun.S 4/30). MoM: C Saffin. Vidya Mandir 148 in 79.3 ovs (K Vijay Priyadarsan 36, Tarun George 31; B Sai Sudarshan 4/18) lost to Santhome HSS 150/5 in 39.5 ovs (B Sai Sudarshan 81 n.o). MoM: B Sai Sudarshan.
Challengers in final
Yellow Challengers rode on D Hemalatha’s 185 to win against White Warriors by 13 runs in the final league round of the TNCA-Indian Bank Trophy women’s T20 meet. V Vilasini and V Bobby were the pick of the bowlers for the losing team, with three wickets apiece. Having finished as the first two teams, Yellow Challengers will again play White Warriors in the final at Chepauk on Saturday. Brief scores: Yellow Challengers 243 in 47.3 ovs (D Hemalatha 185; V Vilasini 3/48, V Bobby 3/32) bt White Warriors 230/9 in 50 ovs (S Anusha 88, P Thejasree 41). Points: Yellow Challengers 4 (20); White Warriors 0 (16). Red Rangers 117 in 44 ovs (D Dhanalakshmi 5/20) lost to Green Invaders 118/3 in 30 ovs (N Niranjana 51). Points: Green Invaders 4 (8); Red Rangers 0 (4). Silver Strikers 110 in 37.3 ovs (P Anusha 4/15, Nida Rehman 3/9) lost to Blue Avengers 111/2 in 41.1 ovs (K Yogiyasri 45 n.o). Points: Blue Avengers 4 (4); Silver Strikers 0 (8).
Vinod Sridhar cruised to a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory against Paramartha Lingam Pillai Arunachalam in the men’s singles, 35-plus category of the PC Open ITF seniors event. Results: Men’s 35-plus: Vinod Sridhar (IND) bt Paramartha Lingam Pillai Arunachalam (IND) 6-1, 6-1; Kannan Sethu (IND) bt Krishna Kumar (IND) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. 45-plus: Rajesh Ganapathy (IND) bt Tuleswor Singh Thongbam (IND) 6-0, 6-2; Binu Mani (IND) bt Cader Rameez Sama D (IND) 6-1, 6-3. 55-plus: Sharad Tak (IND) bt Nirmal Kumar Rajan (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 4-4 (ret); Nagaraj Revanasiddaiah (IND) bt Sanjiv Mehra (IND) 6-0, 6-0.
B Karthikeyan of AKG beat A Tharun of MVM 3-1 in the pre-quarterfinals of the boys’ sub-junior category in the second state-ranking table tennis tournament. AAP Roopan Santhosh if MVM also recorded an easy 3-1 win against Sanjay Madhavan of MDU. Results: Sub-junior pre-quarterfinals: B Karthikeyean (AKG) bt A Tharun (MVM) 3-1; AP Roopan Santhosh (MVM) bt Sanjay Madhavan (MDU) 3-0; Raghuram (Vin Win) bt Jay Gadiya (Akg) 3-2; Anuj Mahipal (Kttc) bt Charan Varshan (CDL) 3-2; Karthikeyan (Vin Win) bt S Manikandan (Jaw) 3-0; J Sriram (SDATR Aravindhan mdx) bt Dwavarakesh (Vin Win) 3-1.