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Smooth sail for seeds

Guwahati, March 25: Seeds sailed smoothly into the boys’ under-18 second round in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for under-18 boys and girls that got under way at the North East Tennis Foundation courts here today.

While Bijoy Mohanty blanked out Snehal Nayan 6-0, 6-0 in a first round match, Amlanjyoti Baruah clinched a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Abhimanyu Singh.

Aman Baruah Das conceded a set before overcoming a stiff challenge from Nimesh Khandwal 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 in the longest match of the day.

The girls’ under-18 singles and the boys’ under-18 doubles matches of the tournament, which is being sponsored by the guardians of 10 city-based participants, will start tomorrow.

All Assam Tennis Association joint secretary Ankush Dutta today said the association would be organising four national-level junior tournaments and an international junior tournament at its own complex at Chachal here this year.

Other results: Boys’ under-18 singles (1st round) Aman Deo beat Sardinoor Jyoti 6-2, 6-1, Ronit Bora beat Thatagat Tulsi Gogoi 6-1, 6-4, Kaushik J. Bora beat Anish Sonowal 6-0, 6-3, Anchit Talukdar beat Tanay Bagree 6-1, 6-0, Rahul Khanna beat Yaminik Talukdar 6-0, 7-6 (3), Arith Bhuyan beat Pratik J. Phukan 6-1, 6-3, Archis Borthakur beat Debashis Medhi 7-6, 6-0, Kedar D. Ranjan beat Jugal Baruah 6-1, 6-0, Raunak Bora beat Suraj Kalita 6-0, 6-0, Ankit Kashyap beat Satyam Bora 6-1, 6-1, S.M. Iftikar beat Jubaraj Baruah 6-3, 7-5, Neeraj Baruah beat Antarag Gohain 7-5, 6-0 and Sidharth Choudhury beat Chengish Rajdan 6-1, 6-3.

GSA cricket

River Rine Club routed New Star Club by 131 runs in a match of the Bhupen Chandra Mahanta Guwahati Sports Association first-division cricket tournament at Nehru Stadium here today.

Put in to bat, River Rine posted 209 for five. New Star were bundled out for only 78 runs in 24.2 overs.

Ranjit Changmai of River Rine missed a century by only three runs, scoring a steady 97 off 104 balls. He hit five boundaries.

Siba Singh, Sahil Islam and Anshuman Saikia of New Star picked up a wicket apiece, giving away 12, 26 and 30 runs respectively.

For New Star, Kutub Sheikh, who scored 22 (4x3), was the only batsman to score in double figures.

Ayatullah Humani, Navajit Koushik and Almiruz Zaman of River Rine shared three wickets each, conceding 14, 14 and 18 runs respectively.