Azeem stars in Dharwad's thumping win over Shimoga

 Azeem G struck an unbeaten half century to guide Dharwad Zone to a crushing nine-wicket victory over Shimoga Zone in the KSCA inter-mofussil under-23 tournament here at the Alur (2) Ground.

Shimoga batted first and thanks to a good all-round show from the Dharwad bowlers, were restricted to 140 all out in 44 overs.

Dharwad steamrolled their way to 142 for one in 33 overs. Rahul Vernekar (32) and Azeem (75 not out) set up the chase nicely for Dharwad.

Brief scores: At Alur (2): Shimoga Zone: 140 all out in 44 overs (Deepak Narvekar 3-28, Sharath Nirm 2-13) lt to Dharwad Zone: 142/1 in 33 overs (Rahul Vernekar 32, Azeem G 75 n.o.).

At Alur (1): Raichur Zone: 154 all out in 46.4 overs (Manoj Bhandage 74; KS Devaiah 4-12, Sahas S Rai 2-16, Somanath Shetty 3-29) lt to Mangalore Zone: 155/5 in 31 overs (Vikram PS 37, Pawan Raj 48, Nehal D Souza 36; Avinash D 2-26).

At Green Sports Village: Mysore Zone: 244 all out in 45 overs (Preetham PV 46, SJ Nikin Jose 48, Kishan S Bedare 33; Karan MC 3-46, Achal M Jain 2-37) bt Tumkur Zone: 192 all out in 44.4 overs (Jayanth N 52, Punith A 32; Naveen Kumar 4-17, Shashank K 2-30).

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