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Easy victory for HQ, North

Guwahati, Jan. 29: Headquarters Zone and North Zone registered convincing wins in their respective matches of the 43rd All-India Food Corporation of India inter-zonal cricket tournament at Nehru Stadium here today.

In the first match of the day, Headquarters Zone eased past West Zone by seven wickets. Put in to bat, West Zone put up a total of 122 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Pranay Menon scored 33 runs off 30 deliveries while Rizwan Pathan chipped in with 23 runs off 35 balls. Vinay Choudhary was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 16 runs in four overs while Sanjay Pandey scalped two wickets conceding 27 runs in his four overs. With a chaseable total in sight, Headquarters Zone batsmen played with ease to get past the target losing three wickets in 15.2 overs. Mohit Sharma topscored with a quickfire 64 runs off 32 deliveries while Rajinder Bisht was the other notable contributor with 41 runs off 33 balls. The second match of the day witnessed North Zone getting the better of hosts North East Zone by eight wickets. Electing to bat, the hosts managed a total of 108 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their regular overs. Romario Sarma scored 32 runs off 30 balls. Rishi Dhawan scalped three for 13 runs. In reply, North Zone batsmen didnít face much of a problem in steering the ship home for the loss of two wickets in 14.4 overs. Opener Faiz Ahmed scored an unbeaten 44 runs off 40 deliveries while Lakan Singh contributed 33 runs off 26 balls.

India Club tennis: The second day of the 16th India Club All Assam Open Tennis Championship, under way at the India Club courts, passed off without an upset today.