Lucknow, Jan 23: Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) and West Bengal women were the first to move into the second stage of the Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships at the SAI sub-centre indoor hall here Monday.
It means the two group toppers in A and B have secured their appointed position without a whimper, leaving Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to fight for the second position in group A, and Chattisgarh and Haryana in group B.
In the men’s team event, all the group toppers have had a smooth sailing into the second stage, including PSPB which did not feel the absence of Sharath Kamal, who is expected to join the team Tuesday.
PSPB’s torch-bearers on the day were Anthony Amalraj, Subajit Saha, Soumyadeep Roy and Sanil Shetty, who completed their tasks with ease.
PSPB women beat Rajasthan and then Madhya Pradesh 3-0 to top group A. Poulami Ghatak, Shamini Kumaresan and Mouma Das complimented each other very well in the two matches.
West Bengal were no less aggressive when they took on Chattisgarh and Haryana in group B, beating them 3-0.