Off-spinner B Arun was instrumental in the win as he took four for 63 in the second innings to finish with a match haul of 10 for 153. NS Harish complemented him well by chipping in with four wickets of his own. Grand Slam needed an outright win to qualify for semi-finals and it packed a punch when it mattered the most. Young Stars was bowled out for 156 in its second innings thereby setting Grand Slam a modest target of 59. It reached the target with nine wickets to spare and in 11.2 overs.
Vijay CC and Globe Trotters shared three points apiece to advance to the last four stage along with India Pistons and Grand Slam. Vijay CC declared its innings at 617 for seven with triple centurion Himmat Singh finally getting out for 322. In reply, Globe Trotters struggled to reach 187 for eight with opener C Hari Nishaanth scoring 54 (173b, 6x4). Vijay’s offspinner Malolan Rangarajan took three for 51. As first innings was not completed, both the teams received three points each.
Meanwhile, the Plate final for SR Jagannathan Trophy will be played between Jolly Rovers CC and Alwarpet CC. Alwarpet and CromBest finished on 22 points, but Alwarpet qualified on a better run quotient.
BRIEF SCORES: Elite: Vijay 617 for seven declared in 161 overs (J Kousik 25, G Rahul Singh 58, KB Arun Karthick 135, Himmat Singh 322, Chetan Sakariya 2/111, Ashwath Mukunthan 2/132, MS Sanjay 2/156) drew with Globe Trotters 187 for eight in 91 overs (C Hari Nishaanth 54, U Sushil 31*, Malolan Rangarajan 3/51, B Aparajith 2/21); Points: Vijay 3 (20); Trotters 3 (21)
Young Stars 210 and 156 in 58.1 overs (Wilkins Victor 28, B. Goutham 31, NS Harish 4/62) lost to Grand Slam 308 for eight decl and 62 for one in 11.2 overs (N Jagadeesan 31, L Suryapprakash 28*); Points: Grand Slam 8 (20); Young Stars 0 (4)
Plate: Jolly Rovers 232 & 132/7 in 78 overs (S Suresh Kumar 42, J Vignesh 3/42, R Sanjay Yadav 3/44) drew with TI Cycles 219 in 93.3 overs (R Nilesh Subramanian 84, DT Chandrasekar 8/95). Points: Rovers 5 (23); TI Cycles 2 (15).
UFCC (T Nagar) 329 in 102 overs (Kaushik U Ram 54, R Rishi Kumar 49, M Abhinav 61, V Arun Kumar 40, GR Manish 46, M Siddharth 4/66, Karan Kaila (las) 2/64) drew with Alwarpet 333 for five in 85.2 overs (M Kamalesh 30, P Shijit Chandran 120, K Vishal Vaidhya 135*, TD Lokesh Raj 3/55); Points: Alwarpet 5 (22); UFCC 2 (11)
AG’s Office 305 for five decl drew with CromBest 310 for six in 83.2 overs (R Ananth 41, Ankur Julka 160*, M Affan Khader 33, S Kishan Kumar 42); Points: CromBest 5 (22); AGORC 2 (12)
Magesh guides Wheels India to easy win
D Magesh scored 76 runs to help Wheels India register a comfortable 104-run win over Engine Factory (Avadi) in the Thiruvallur DCA Trohpy here. Replying to Wheels’ 190, Engine Factory feel for a meagre total of 86 runs, with R Prasanth and M Sakthivel taking four and three wickets respectively.
BRIEF SCORES: GROUP A: Wheels India 190 for 9 in 30 Overs (D Magesh 76, Karam Pal Jangra 45, M Sanjeev 4/48, K Jegan 3/46) beat Engine Factory Avadi 86 in 18.2 Overs (R Prashanth 4/46, M Sakthivel 3/12)