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Draw saves Assam

Guwahati, Dec. 25: An unbeaten 122-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Akshay Narain and Jitumoni Kalita of Assam denied Bengal full points from their Vijay Merchant Trophy under-16 East Zone match at Nehru Stadium here today.

Reduced to 66 for seven at one stage, the home side stared at imminent defeat when the duo stepped in for the partnership that took the Assam second innings total beyond the opponents’ first innings lead before both sides agreed to the draw.

Assam were all out for 159 in the first innings and Bengal declared their first innings at 287 for eight yesterday.

In the second innings, Assam were 188 for seven in 89 overs when the truce was signed after playing the 12 mandatory overs on the last day of the three-day fixture.

Resuming at the overnight one for no loss, Assam had a disastrous start this morning, losing wickets at quick intervals.

It was Narain (59 not out, 9x4) and Deepak Singh (32, 5x4) who got into the rescue act, sharing a sixth wicket partnership of 31 runs. Then came Jitumoni Kalita (43 not out, 7x4) to salvage the innings.

Erik Roy (17, 3x4) was the only other Assam batsman to score in double figure.

Bengal topped the zonal table with 16 points followed by Odisha with 11 points while Assam finished at the bottom with only three points.

Jorhat Open: The second day of the 22nd Jorhat Open Tennis Tournament was a smooth ride for the seeded players with no upsets at the Jorhat Tennis Club courts in Jorhat today.

Tennis camp: Leading national tennis coaches Surat Narendernath and Pritam Singh will conduct a 10-day coaching camp at the All Assam Tennis Association Complex here from January 3. The camp is going to be organised by All Assam Tennis Association exclusively for the players of its complex.

Rowing: The third All Assam Challenger Sprint and fourth Inter-District Rowing Championship got under way at Dighalipukhuri here today.

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