Vengsarkar XI well on top
Dilip Vengsarkar XI finished the second day holding all the aces up their sleeve, and just six wickets away from a comprehensive innings win against Sunil Gavaskar XI in the three-day U-22 Cricket Tournament for the Madhav Mantri Trophy at Cross Maidan on Tuesday. Starting the day on 289 for 4, Vengsarkar XI stretched their first innings total to a massive 371 with Kaustubh Pawar adding seven runs to his overnight score of 141. Kaustubh Kolamkar too joined in the run-fest, helping himself to a half-century before his team were finally bowled out. Left-arm spinner Jay Nayak was the only Gavaskar XI bowler to shine, finishing with figures of 4/109, with Akshay Ghorpade playing his part with three scalps of his own.
That was the beginning of a disappointing day for Gavaskar XI as they were first bowled out for a mere 167 in their first innings, lasting a mere 37.3 overs, before being reduced to 50/4 second time around. It took pacer Javed Khan's cameo towards the end, an aggressive 61 that included eight sixes and two fours, for Gavaskar XI to even avoid a major embarrassment and cross the 150-run mark. Brief Scores: Dilip Vengsarkar XI 371 in 84.5 overs (Kaustubh Pawar 148, Siddesh Lad 61, Sanket Jadhav 41, Kaustubh Kolamkar 50; Jay Nayak 4/109, A Ghorpade 3/71) vs Sunil Gavaskar 167 in 37.3 overs (Javed Khan 61; Pratik Dabholkar 3/15, Amit Rao 3/52) and 50 for 4 in 19 overs; Sachin Tendulkar XI 131 in 36 overs and 96 for 3 in 27 overs (Shalabh Agarwal 47 n.o., Suryakumar Yadav 40) vs Ravi Shastri XI 196 in 73.4 overs (Jaideep Pardeshi 57, Gandhar Bhatawdekar 36, Badre Alam 5/43).
MSP enhance Super title hopes
Maharashtra State Police (MSP) scored their fourth successive victory when they overcame G.M. East Indians 2-1 in a engrossing Super Division play-off encounter of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) League and played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Tuesday.
With the three points earned from this win, MSP have enhanced their chances of winning the Super Division title. They presently occupy the pole position with 12 points from four matches in the six-team play-off and have a match in hand against lowly Bank of India on June 5.
Hard-working midfielder Farhaz Shaikh and Azhar Shaikh scored a goal each for the state cops, while Nigerian striker netted the lone goal for the losers.