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Venues for colt tourney

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) has earmarked Ranchi and Bokaro as venues for the inter-district under-19 tournament (Elite Group) to be held from January 19 to 27. Gumla, Hazaribagh and Godda will host the colt Plate Group matches from January 17 to 25.

The teams contesting in the Elite matches have been divided into two groups. While Ranchi, Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Garhwa and Lohardaga comprise group A, Dhanbad, West Singhbhum, Deoghar, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Dumka are in group B.

Two grounds — Bokaro Steel Plant Stadium and Trainees Hostel — have been chosen for the matches in Bokaro, while the JSCA International Stadium and the oval ground will host the Ranchi fixtures.

The opening matches of Elite Group in Bokaro will see the hosts taking on Lohardaga at Bokaro Steel Plant Stadium and Jamshedpur clashing with Garhwa at Trainees Hostel. The semi-finals will be played at Ranchi and Bokaro on January 25, while the capital will host the summit clash on January 27.

“Unlike the Elite section, the Plate matches will have 14 districts clubbed in A, B and C groups. While Khunti, Gumla, Latehar, Simdega and Palamau are in group A, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chatra and Jamtara will play in group B. Group C comprises Giridih, Godda, Sahebganj and Pakur,” said JSCA assistant secretary Aseem Kumar Singh.

On the opening day on January 17, Latehar will lock horns with Simdega, while Gumla will play Palamau at Gumla. The next day, Ramgarh will clash with Chatra and Hazaribagh will team up against Jamtara. Both the matches will be held in Hazaribagh.

The same day, a match between Giridih and Sahebganj will be held in Godda. Gumla will also host the super-division matches of the Plate group from January 23 to 25.