Samarth scores century, Karnataka in command

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Panaji, Nov 30( UNI) A blistering knock of 103 by opening batsman Samarth and a valuable half century (57) by Darshan, enabled Karnataka to score 260 for 5 against host Goa on the opening day of the three day U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy South Zone match here today.

Goa's Darshan Misal claimed 4 wickets giving away 54 runs.

In the another match played at Margao, Tamilnadu scored 245 for 3 in 90 overs against Hyderabad, after an unbeaten 141 by Ganga Sridhar Raju, Bharath Shankar 42 and Abhisek Nehra 37.

In yet another match, an inspired bowling spell by Abhisek Mohan of six for 60 guided Kerala to restrict Andhra Pradesh for a paltry 179 in 56.1 overs in the first innings and in reply Kerala were struggling at 73 for seven in 33 overs on day one at Panaji Gymkhana today.

Andra Pradesh's Ganadish Kumar, Sheikh Mahaboob, and Koteshwara claimed two wickets each.

Brief scores: Karnataka: 260 for 5 in 90 overs Samarth R 103, Darshan S 57, Sherya Gopal 35, SaiKumar 23.

Tamilandu: 245 for 3 in 90 overs Ganga Sridhar Raju not out 141, Bharat Shankar 42, Abhisek Nehra 37.

Andhra Pradesh: 179 all out in 56.1 overs B Siva Sharan Singh 57, G V Surya 38, Shaikh Basha not out 38.

Abhisek Mohan 6 for 60, Selmon Sebastain 2 for 16.

Kerala: 73 for 7 in 33 overs.

Saly vishswanth 14,Nitin Jacob 12, Salmon Sebastian 9, Sriram Aditya not out 8.

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