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Maruti owners take part in car rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Maruti Udyog Limited today organised ‘Maruti Suzuki Wheels of Fortune’ car rally for the Maruti owners. The rally was flagged off early in the morning by the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, Mr S.K. Sharma, from the Sarbha Nagar market. About 150 Maruti car owners participated in the rally.

According to Dr Naresh Malhotra and Mr Anil Malhotra of Stan Autos, the first prize of Rs 15,000 was bagged by Mr S.P. Singh. He was driving a Zen car. The second prize, a Kenwood music system, was won by Mr Balraj. He was driving a Maruti 800 car. The third prize, a car security system, was won by Mr Ram Singh, who was driving a Zen (Diesel).

Mr Madan Mohan driving a Maruti Zen, and Ms Jyoti, driving a Maruti 800, won in the senior citizen and women categories, respectively. Both of them were awarded Nippon security systems. All winners also got gift hampers from JK Tyres and Castrol.

At the time of flags off, the participants were issued time cards. Start time and odometer reading were noted. They were also given cryptic clues of famous places in Ludhiana, which they needed to decipher to reach these points.

Mr S.K. Sharma appreciated the efforts of Maruti Udyog Limited in maintaining a regular rapport with customers and getting a proper feedback. Hesaid such rallies and road shows could certainly help in understanding the problems and expectations of customers.



31 cricketers shortlisted after trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 2
Fortyfive boys (u-13 year) turned out for the trials, conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at the Arya College for Boys grounds here today. A four member panel of selectors — Mr Chaman Lal Malhotra, Mr Lokesh Khanna, Mr Naresh Marwaha and Mr Pawan Pandey — shortlisted 31 players, who would be enrolled with the regional coaching centre being run by the LDCA under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association.

According to Mr Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, LDCA, the selected boys have been asked to report to coach Manmohan Bedi at the Arya College grounds on May 4. The players would represent the LDCA Coaching Centre XI in the Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Tournament to be organised by the LDCA next month.

The names of the players are: Abhinav Bhatia, Vishnu, Karan Bhatti, Sukhmit Singh, Anish Kumar, Ranmeet Singh, Kanav, Sukhman Chahal, Kamaljot Singh, Shivam Sharma, Anish Jindal, Nishant Ravi, Simran Sharma, Akshit Goel, Shubham, Bhuvan Goel, Shivam Bhargava, Gundip Singh, Sohail, Sidharth, Sunny, Rameez Godi, Neetu, Dron Kanish, Aakarshan Sood, Ashish Sharma, Paras, Dipin, Sachin, Ankit and Mohkamjit Singh.

Cricket tourney

The Sports Cricket Club and the Rana Club won their respective quarter-final matches to join the Bedi Club and Riat XI in the semi-finals of the 11th Veera Devi and first Madan Lal Memorial Cricket Tournament, being organised by the FTI Club at the Bhambian Kalan grounds here today.

In the quarter-finals, the Sports Cricket Club recorded a 10-wicket victory over the Brothers Club, while the Rana Club routed Grewal XI by 62 runs to secure their berth in the semi-final.

In the third quarter-final, Brothers XI, batting first, were all out for 79 runs in 18.2 overs. Only Tony (34) could reach the double-figure mark. For the Sports Cricket Club, the main wicket takers were Mithun and Tarun, who scalped four and two victims, respectively.

The Sports Cricket Club achieved the target in the 12th over without losing any wicket. Minta and Nishu remained unbeaten on 37 and 26 runs, respectively.

Brief scores: Brothers XI- 79 all out (Tony 34; Mithun 4 for 22 and Tarun 2 for 13)

Sports Cricket Club- 83 for no loss (Nishu 26 and Minta 37).

In the fourth quarter-final, the Rana Club won the toss and opted to bat. In its quota of 20 overs, the club scored a total of 197 for 6. Anil Singla top scored with 90 runs, which included ten boundaries and one six.

In reply, Grewal XI’s innings folded at 135 in the penultimate over of the match.

Brief scores: Rana Club- 197 for 6 (Anil Singla 90, Pankaj Rawat 26 and Happy 22; Gagan 1 for 48, Kunal 2 for 41, Sanjay 1 for 23, Sumit 1 for 36 and Bobby 1 for 22)

Grewal XI- 135 all out (Kunal 33, Sumit 21 and Bobby 16; Varinder Patwari 2 for 33, Harpal Singh 3 for 15 and Rakesh Pandey 1 for 17).


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