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Al-Barkaat clinch Giles Shield again

Defending champions beat Swami Vivekanand International School by virtue of first innings lead to retain prestigious U-16 inter-school championship

Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) defended the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-Giles Shield Elite Division title at Cricket Club of India yesterday. The Kurla school beat Swami Vivekanand International (Borivli) on Day Four of the final by virtue of a first innings lead.


The Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) team after beating Swami Vivekanand International in the Giles Shield final at CCI yesterday. Pic/Sameer Markande.

In the first essay, Al-Barkaat were bowled out for 287 after which the the Borivli school managed just 255. On Day Four yesterday, Al-Barkaat, who resumed on their overnight score of 57 for three, were bowled out for 157 in 84.4 overs in the second essay. SVIS needed to score 189 runs to win the match outright, but were on 143-5 off 83 overs at the end of the day’s play owing to which Al-Barkaat were declared winners given their first innings lead.

Swami Vivekanand’s left-arm-spinner Hem Patel was the pick of the bowlers with 6-29.

Al-Barkaat skipper Kesar Singh lauded his teammates. “I could not score big in the final, but my teammates took up the responsibility to ensure we beat Swami Vivekanand. The match was close and there were some tense moments. Our bowlers especially Rajesh Sardar and Ritik Sharma did exceptionally well. Now I hope we can win the All India Coca Cola Cup in April,” said the wicket-keeper captain.

SVIS skipper Suved Parkar blamed his team’s poor fielding and bowling for the defeat. “Our fielding was shoddy. Even our bowlers couldn’t get us wickets. It’s a shame that we couldn’t chase the target.”

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