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Bengal take lead

VM trophy

Guwahati, Dec. 24: Bengal today took a first innings lead of 128 runs to ensure at least three points from their three-day Vijay Merchant Trophy under-16 East Zone match against hosts Assam at Nehru Stadium here.

Resuming at the overnight 27 for one, in reply to Assam’s first innings total of 159, the visitors declared their innings at 287 for eight in 93 overs to let the home side bat two overs before close of the second day’s play this afternoon. Assam were one for no loss at the draw of stumps.

Cooch Behar trophy: A century by skipper Wasiqur Rahman today helped Assam pile up 295 runs with a wicket still intact in 122 overs in the second innings of their Cooch Behar Trophy under-19 plate group B match against hosts Jharkhand in Ranchi. Assam (213) took a first innings lead of 40 runs bowling out the hosts for 173 in the first innings.

Jorhat Open

Seeds had a smooth sail in the under-12 and under-14 boys’ singles on the first day of the 22nd Jorhat Open Tennis Tournament that got under way at the Jorhat Tennis Club courts in Jorhat today.

Weightlifting: Lalu Taku of Arunachal Pradesh scripted three national records in the 62kg weight category with an overall lift of 246kg in the ongoing ninth National Youth Boys’ and Girls’ Weightlifting Championship at Deshabhakta Tarun Ram Phookan indoor stadium here.