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Sandeep, Sardar command top base price

India captain Sardar Singh and ace dragflicker Sandeep Singh will command the highest base-price of Rs 15 lakh each at the upcoming players’ auction of the cash-rich Hockey India League (HIL) slated on Sunday.

Sardar and Sandeep, with reserve price of $27,800 each are the players with highest base-price among the Indians as well as foreign players.

A list of 246 players issued by HI to be auctioned has been divided into 13 base-price categories ranging from Rs 1.5 to Rs 15 lakh. Sharmila opens with 68, lies fourth after first round MARRAKECH (MOROCCO): Sharmila Nicollet opened with a solid four-under 68 in the first round of the Final Qualifying at Lalla Aicha Tour School for the 2013 Ladies European Tour season and was placed tied fourth, but fellow Indian Smriti Mehra (74) was way behind.

Smriti, who could not practice in the run-up to the event because her clubs arrived only a day before the event, shot two over 74 and was down in tied 85th place.

Sweden’s Isabella Ramsay made the most of ideal scoring conditions carding seven-under 65 to take a one-shot lead in Group A, while Nikki Campbell, playing at the other course, Al Amelkis, was the top scorer in Group B with a six-under 66. Sharmila, starting from the tenth, bogeyed her first hole, the tenth, but then steadied herself. That stayed as her only bogey of the day, as she recovered the shot on the very next hole. With birdies on 17 and 18, she turned in two-under.

Back-to-back birdies on fifth and sixth and pars through the rest of front nine saw her finish in four-under 68. Sharmila said, ‘It was a solid start. I was happy with it. I had five birdies and just one bogey, so it felt good to start like this. I have good memories of last year’s Qualifying School.’

Smriti had three birdies, but she also bogeyed three times and double bogeyed the eighth.
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