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    Ranji Trophy, Group C, Round 9, Day 4: Goa gain three points against Assam

    Porvorim: Hosts Goa gained three points by virtue of their first innings lead as their Group 'C' four-day Ranji match against Assam ended in a draw on the final day at PCA ground here on Tuesday. Goa now have 16 points from eight matches while Assam, who gained only one point, failed to qualify for the knock-out stage as they finished third with 21 points from eight matches.Resuming at their overnight score of 11 for no loss, Goa had put on 241 for 4 when play was called off by the umpires before the start of the mandatory overs. All-rounder Regan Pinto, who grabbed two wickets on Monday, went on to complete a half century and remained unbeaten on 62 while sharing 75 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravikant Shukla, who remained unbeaten on 52.Brief scores: Goa 381 all out and 241 for 4 (Pinto 62 not out, Shukla 52 not out, Mohammed 3 for 63); Assam 366 all out. Services vs Jharkhand: Read Vineet Ramakrishnan’s match report here. Andhra vs Kerala:In Cuddapah, in an unusual move, out-of-favour India pacer S Sreesanth was promoted to open the innings for Kerala on the final day against Andhra. The maverick though, could not score more than seven runs.Kerala got three points on the basis of earning a slender first-innings lead as the match ended in a thrilling draw. Chasing 209 for victory, Kerala smashed 192 for four in only 23 overs and fell short of the target by 19 runs at the at the YS Raja Reddy Stadium. Opener V A Jagadeesh scored a brisk 70 off 61 balls while Sanju Samson slammed 51 off a mere 36 balls for the visitors. Kerala had in their first innings scored 312 in reply to Andhra's 329. The hosts, in their second innings, were all out for 191 after resuming on 38 for no loss on the fourth and final day. Chovvakkaran Shahid was the wrecker in chief for Kerala, returning impressive figures of five for 52.Brief scores: Andhra: 329 & 191 (K Bharat Reddy 43; Chovvakkaran Shahid 5 for 52); Kerala 312 & 192 for 4 (VA Jagadeesh 70, Sanju Samson 51).Jammu and Kashmir vs Tripura: In Jammu, Tripura captain Ajay Ratra's unbeaten 103 was the only bright spot in their inconsequential Ranji Trophy Group C match against hosts Jammu and Kashmir which ended in a tame draw. The match hardly had any significance as both Tripura and J&K were out of the quarter-final race before the start of the tie.With almost one and half day's play lost due to rain, Ratra utilised the opportunity to get some much-needed batting practice and scored a unbeaten century of 177 balls that was laced with 11 hits to the fence and one six. Riding on Ratra's 103, Subhrajit Roy's 86 and Abbas Ali's 64, Tripura declared the first innings at 355 for eight.For J&K, off-spinner Parvez Rassol picked up six wickets for 91 runs. In reply, J&K made 47 for one in 11 overs before the match was called off. While Tripura ended the season on a disappointing note, finishing at the bottom of Group C with just 10 points, J&K were placed at the seventh position with 15 points.Brief scores: Tripura: 355 for eight decl (Ajay Ratra 103 not out, Subhrajit Roy 86, Abbas Ali 64; Parvez Rassol 6 for 91); J&K: 47 for one (Parvez Rassol 27 not out; Abhijit Dey 1 for 10).(With inputs from agencies)