In what is turning into a tournament of upsets, after Central Excise men beat fancied IOB Chennai on the inaugural day, the Eastern Railway women’s team delivered a massive blow to the highly rated South Eastern Central Railway.
Eastern Railway, consisting of junior players from West Bengal, beat South Eastern Central Railway, the runners-up from the All India Tournament at Coimbatore last week. Madhukumari’s 21 points and Sidha Mani’s 19 carried Eastern to a dominant 86-65 win.
In other matches, Tamil Nadu team lost their first match of the tournament against Indian Army Delhi after leading by two points at half time (36-34). Indian Air Force, Delhi and ONGC, Dehradun got off to winning starts against Punjab and Vijaya Bank, respectively.
Results of Matches played on 18/08/13
- Indian Army 70 (Nixon 13, Gopal Ram 11) bt Tamil Nadu 64 (Ramkumar 15, Vinod 15) HT 36-34
- Eastern Railway 86 (Madhukumari 21, Sidha Mani 19) bt South Eastern Central Railway 65 (Pushpa 12, Deepa 10). HT 48-35
- Indian Air Force, Delhi 90 (Shivraj 18, Joginder 17, Bhardwaj 10) bt Punjab State (Gurkirpal Dhillon 21, Rajbir Singh 15, Ranbir Singh 10). HT 51-46
Result of Last Match played on 17/8/13
- ONGC, Dehradun 71 (Shabeer Ahamed 19, Amrit Pal Singh 13) bt Vijaya Bank, Bangalore 57 (Anil Kumar 21, Sanjay Raj 12) HT 39-31.
Scheduled Matches for Monday, 19/8/13
2:45 pm Punjab State v. Central Excise & Customs, Kochi (Men)
4:00 pm IOB, Chennai v. Indian Air Force, Delhi (Men)
5:15 pm Indian Army, Delhi v. Vijaya Bank, Bangalore (Men)
6:30 pm Western Railway v. South East Central Railway (Women)
7:45 pm ONGC, Dehradun v. Tamil Nadu (Men)