Madhya Pradesh stuns Uttar Pradesh on way to semifinal

Uttar Pradesh's Gaurav Rai is in pursuit of a fourth goal in the closing stages of the Group A match against Odisha on Saturday
Uttar Pradesh’s Gaurav Rai is in pursuit of a fourth goal in the closing stages of the Group A match against Odisha on Saturday

New Delhi, August 31: Madhya Pradesh booked a berth in the semifinals of the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation, with a stunning 3-1 victory over Uttar Pradesh at the Salwan Public School, Loni, near here today.

Madhya Pradesh had qualified as the second team from Group C while Uttar Pradesh had pumped in 18 goals in three league games. Continue reading “Madhya Pradesh stuns Uttar Pradesh on way to semifinal”

Madhya Pradesh earns right to take on Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi, August 30: Madhya Pradesh struck twice through Gwalior lads Rohit Dhami and Shreyansh Shukla in the second half today to edge out Uttarakhand in the race for the second quarterfinal berth from Group C in the National Talent Search and Nurture football championship being conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation here.

Madhya Pradesh will meet Group A winner Uttar Pradesh in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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Telangana and Haryana set up quarterfinal clash

Odisha presses forward against Telangana in a crucial match.
Odisha presses forward against Telangana in a crucial match.

New Delhi, August 29: Telangana and Haryana today set up a quarterfinal clash in the National Talent Search and Nurture football championship being conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF). Telangana kept spirited Odisha at bay for a 4-1 win in a crucial Group A clash while Haryana posted its second straight win, a 5-0 verdict over Uttarakhand to top Group C.

A brace each by Saif Hussain (19th minute and 40th) and N Naresh (35th and 45th minutes) set up Telangana’s victory over Odisha. Ajit Panyel scored Odisha’s consolation goal in the 53rd minute but it was too little reward for the bravehearts from Malkangiri district.

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Rajat Singh strike helps Uttar Pradesh secure last eight berth

New Delhi, August 28: A 51st-minute strike by Rajat Singh helped Uttar Pradesh beat back a stiff challenge by Telangana 1-0 in a group A league match in the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football competition at the Salwan Public School ground in Loni near here today. The second straight win saw the well-oiled Uttar Pradesh book a berth in the quarterfinals of the championship organised by the School Sports Promotion Foundation.

Rajasthan and Jharkhand assured themselves places in the knockout phase from Group B with their second successive victories over Chhattisgarh 4-0 and Karnataka 8-0 respectively at the DPS Ghaziabad ground while Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir posted facile victories over Madhya Pradesh 4-0 and Andhra Pradesh 5-1 in the three-team Groups C and D respectively. Continue reading “Rajat Singh strike helps Uttar Pradesh secure last eight berth”

Raj Kishore heralds NTSN football with hat-trick for Jharkhand

Uttar Pradesh's Gaurav Rai is in pursuit of a fourth goal in the closing stages of the Group A match against Odisha on Saturday
Uttar Pradesh’s Gaurav Rai is in pursuit of a fourth goal in the closing stages of the Group A match against Odisha on Saturday

New Delhi, August 27: A hat-trick by Raj Kishore featured in Jharkhand’s big victory over Karnataka in its opening Group B league match of the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation today. His was the cornerstone around which Jharkhand built it comeback after being a goal down. Continue reading “Raj Kishore heralds NTSN football with hat-trick for Jharkhand”

Suraj Vashisht and Priyansh Arya mastermind Delhi’s title victory

The Delhi team which won the NTSN cricket title
The Delhi team which won the NTSN cricket title

New Delhi, August 22: A captain’s knock of 88 (90 balls, nine fours, one six) by opening batsman Suraj Vashisht and Priyansh Arya’s brisk 72 (66 balls, five fours, two sixes) set the stage for Delhi’s 120-run victory over Uttar Pradesh in the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship final at the Bharat Nagar ground here today.

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Amaan, Vipul excel in Uttar Pradesh’s drive to final against Delhi

img_5804New Delhi, August 21: A mature 67-run eighth-wicket partnership between Amaan Siddique (42, 38 balls, three fours) and Vipul Krishna (31, 40 balls, two fours, one six) saw Uttar Pradesh quell Jharkhand’s aspirations of making a match of it in the semifinals of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation. Continue reading “Amaan, Vipul excel in Uttar Pradesh’s drive to final against Delhi”

Nikhil Tanwar stars in Delhi’s big semifinal victory

img_5051New Delhi, August 20: A dashing unbeaten knock of 65 by Nikhil Tanwar (34 balls, three fours, five sixes) was the highlight of Delhi’s 72-run victory over West Bengal at the Bharat Nagar ground today in the semifinals of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation. Continue reading “Nikhil Tanwar stars in Delhi’s big semifinal victory”

Nauman Azhar helps UP edge out Haryana in quarterfinals

DSC_0065New Delhi, August 19:  Uttar Pradesh will take on Jharkhand and Delhi will battle with West Bengal in the semifinals of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation in conjunction with Sports Authority of India, here this weekend.
In the most exciting of quarter-finals played in Sonipat this week, Nauman Azhar captured four wickets in the span of eight deliveries to help Uttar Pradesh edge out Haryana by three runs. Chasing 139 for victory, Haryana was cruising at 101 for four with seven overs left but Akashdeep’s fall slowed down the rate of scoring. The home side’s later order crumbled under pressure.
Scores (quarterfinals):
Uttar Pradesh 138 in 29.5 overs (Altatmash Khan 32, Nauman 31, Rajat two for 18, Gurmar, two for 44, Ayush two for 20, Ujjwal two for 15) beat Haryana 135 in 29.5 (Ayush 42, Akashdeep 23, Raghav 24, Amaan two for 24, Nauman Azhar four 20).
Tamil Nadu 75 for nine in 30 overs (Pintoo Yadav five for 11) lost to Jharkhand 76 for two in 11 overs (Amar Jyoti 50, Sai Sharan two for 14).
Delhi 219 for seven in 30 overs (Priyansh Arya 20, Sumit Chikara 75, Rishabh Sharma 30 not out, Tejasvi 22, Anoop Patel two for 39, Gaurav Joshi two for 35) beat Uttarakhand 110 for nine in 30 overs (Himanshu Soni43, Anoop Patel 22, Aman Jainwal four for nine, Priyansh Arya two for 31, Shivender Sharma two for 11).
Telangana 88 in 27.2 overs (Sreyan three for four, Anamjyot four for 15) lost to West Bengal 89 for five in 18.5 overs (Atriz 34, Ankur three for 21, Rohan two for 25).
Fixtures (semifinals):  August 20: Delhi vs West Bengal, Bharat Nagar ground, 9:00 am.; August 21: Uttar Pradesh v Jharkhand, Vikas Puri ground, 9:00.a.m.; August 22: Final, Bharat Nagar ground, 9-00 a.m.

NTSN Cricket Tournament creates awesome opportunity for schoolboys: Chetan Sharma

Sonipat, August 10, 2016: As many as 15 States will vie for honours in the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture cricket tournament, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) in association with the Sports Authority of India. The national tournament will be played here from Aug 12 and will climax at the Bharatnagar ground in Delhi on Aug 22.

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SSPF Cricket Council Chairman, former India cricketer Chetan Sharma says he is excited by the tremendous success of the tournament. “Nearly 12,500 schoolboys from more than 800 schools across the country took part in the tournament. The boys have come through the process of playing for their schools and their district teams before being picked for the State teams,” he said. “It creates awesome opportunity for the schoolboys to play a structured, well-organised tournament.”

“Such a project has never been attempted, let alone achieved, in our vast country,” said SSPF Chairman Om Pathak. “With close to 2000 school teams registering to play football and cricket in the inaugural year, the enthusiasm across the nation has been palpable.  With the end of the first season in sight, we are able to joyously look at the progress of cricket and football under the aegis of the SSPF in partnership with the Sports Authority of India.”

The 15 teams will play league games in four venues in Sonipat, including the PM Group of Institutions, the Swarnaprastha Public School, DPS Public School and OP Jindal University.