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    Ranji Trophy, Group C: Goa trounce Tripura; Maharashtra take 3 points

    Porvorim (Goa): Goa recorded their first win in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, beating Tripura by 49 runs in their Group C encounter here on Sunday.

    The home team, which had set Tripura a target of 256, dismissed the visitors for 206 on Sunday to be third from bottom in the group standings with eight points.

    Pacer Harshad Hanumant Gadekar starred with the ball for Goa, snaring five wickets in 18.4 overs, conceding 49 runs. Tripura, precariously placed at 72 for two when stumps were drawn on Saturday, were failed by most of their batsmen barring KB Pawan (77) and skipper Yogesh Takawale (44).

    Pawan's knock-in-vain came off 144 balls and included nine fours and a six. Takawale took 130 deliveries and hit six boundaries during the course of his innings.

    Brief scores: Goa: 252 and 177 Tripura: 174 and 206 in 87.4 overs (KB Pawan 77, Yogesh Takawale 44, Harshad Hanumant Gadekar 5 for 49).

    Maharashtra take 3 points against Andhra

    In Cuddapah, Maharashtra picked up three points on the basis of taking the first-innings lead against Andhra.

    Andhra were 237 for seven in their second innings when the four-day match ended at the Y S Raja Reddy Stadium.

    Maharashtra had scored 440 in their first innings in reply to Andhra's 317, with Kedar Jadhav scoring a strokeful 173.

    Resuming their second innings at an overnight 27 for 1, Andhra rode on Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi's patient 85 and useful contributions from the lower middle-order on the final day. For Maharashtra, Anupam Sanklecha picked up 3 for 52.

    Brief scores: Maharashtra 440 all out Andhra 317 and 237 for 7 in 90 overs (Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi 85, Marripuri Suresh not out 38; Anupam Sanklecha 3 for 52).