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Cricket fever hits coal town

The inaugural match of the annual inter-divisional cricket tournament of East Central Railway (ECR) saw Samastipur cruising to a nine-wicket victory over Sonpur division at Dhanbad railway grounds on Tuesday. Giridhar Kumar of Samastipur, with his knock of 70 runs off 31 balls, emerged as the chief architect of his teamís win.

In all, five divisions, apart from the ECR Headquarters, are participating in the tournament. The six teams have been divided into two groups. While Sonpur, Samastipur and Mughalsarai divisions are placed in group-A, Hazipur headquarters, Danapur and Dhanbad divisions are playing in group-B.

Sudhir Kumar, divisional railway manager of Dhanbad division of ECR, who graced the inaugural ceremony as chief guest, spoke of the role of sport in inculcating discipline. He exhorted players to perform better as the zonal-level cricket team of ECR would be selected on the basis of their performance in the inter-divisional tournament.

The six league matches of the tournament will be held till March 10. The semi-finals are scheduled on March 11 and 12. The final will be held on March 13. All matches will be played at the railway grounds.