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Assam boys win in style

Guwahati, Dec. 3: Hosts Assam started their Cooch Behar Trophy plate group campaign in style, clinching an eight-wicket victory against Goa in three days at Mangaldoi Stadium today.

The visitors resumed their second innings at the overnight 182 for six and were all out for 231 in 65.1 overs. Needing 57 runs for the win, the home side lost two wickets, reaching 60 in 15.4 overs on the third day of the four-day match.

Assam yesterday took a 175-run first innings lead, scoring 306 all out in the first innings after Goa were all out for 131 in the first innings.

Overnight not out batsman V. Padnekar went on to topscore for the side with 72 (11x4, 2x6), sharing a seven-wicket partnership of 63 runs with tailender A. Pandrekar, who remained unbeaten on 25 (3x4). The rest of the batsmen were scalped one after another at quick intervals by Assam pacer Rajakuddin Ahmed.

Ahmed returned with figures of four for 62 and Roshan Alam claimed three for 41.

In Assamís second innings, Biku Borgohain remained unbeaten on 25 (5x4) while openers Orooz Rizvi and Yatin Malik scored 13 runs each.

Assam will play Odisha in the next match at Golaghat from December 8 to 11.

GTC Grand Prix

The 7th GTC Chess Grand Prix will be held on the Gauhati Town Club premises here on Sunday. The event carries cash prizes to the top three position holders, while the top 10 players will receive trophies and certificates. Three players from each of the under-7, 9, 11 and 13 and best girl will be awarded medals and certificates. The winners and runners-up of the Grand Prix will also earn a sponsorship from GTC Chess Foundation to participate in an international rating tournament after the final in March.