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CHENNAI: Jolly Rovers entered the final of the TNCA first division after gaining the first innings lead against Vijay on the final day of their semifinal match.
Rovers, which had declared its first innings on 480 for seven, dismissed Vijay for 336 on Monday. S. Suresh Kumar (65, 161b, 7x4) and S. Badrinath (85, 128b, 9x4, 2x6) added 143 for Vijay's fourth wicket, and Sreekumar Nair (50, 141b, 4x4) and K. Varun Kumar (55, 74b, 6x4) offered resistance, but it wasn't enough.
S. Vidyut claimed four wickets with his left-arm slow bowling. Seamer R. Jesuraj, who had made inroads into Vijay's batting on Sunday evening, added a wicket on Monday to finish with figures of three for 66.
Rovers will take on Grand Slam for the Raja of Palayampatti shield. Grand Slam, which had qualified for the final on Sunday, declared 10 minutes before lunch to allow the match to be called off.
M. Kaushik Gandhi (203, 364b, 25x4) and K. Shree Vasudeva Das (116, 167b, 13x4, 2x6) made the most of the opportunity for batting practice.
The scores (semifinals):
At RKM-Vivekananda: Jolly Rovers 480 for seven decl. drew with Vijay 336 in 107.4 overs (S. Suresh Kumar 65, S. Badrinath 85, Sreekumar Nair 50, K. Varun Kumar 55, S. Vidyut four for 40).
At CPT-IP: Globe Trotters 233 drew with Grand Slam 505 for four decl. in 138 overs (J. Madanagopal 113, M. Kaushik Gandhi 203, K. Shree Vasudeva Das 116).
Rovers and Grand Slam advance on the basis of first innings lead. — Special Correspondent
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