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Centuries galore on day one of the Harris Shield

It was raining runs at Azad Maidan yesterday. Unbeaten double tons by Rizvi Springfield’s (Bandra) Prithvi Shaw (257) and IES Raja Shivaji’s (Dadar) Shreyas Dalvi (254) stood out on Day One of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA)-Harris Shield Elite Division inter-school cricket at Azad Maidan.

Prithvi Shaw
Rizvi Springfield’s Prithvi Shaw during his 257 not out against St Francis D’Assisi on Day One of their U-16 inter-school Harris Shield tie at Azad Maidan yesterday

Prithvi cracked a fluent 257 in just 167 balls to help defending champions reach a total of 354-1 against St Francis D’Assisi (Borivli), after they bowled out the Borivli side for 92 in 38 overs earlier in the day. His knock included 44 boundaries and three sixes.

Meanwhile, Shreyas was in no hurry to reach his maiden Harris Shield double ton. His 234-ball knock was laced with 30 boundaries and a six and it helped Raja Shivaji pile on 429-4 against IES Digambar (Dadar).

“Before the match started, sir (Raju Pathak) had told us that we should win the first match with bonus points. After we bowled out the opposition under 100, my aim was to score a century. I am glad I scored a double century.

Shreyas Dalvi
IES Raja Shivaji’s (Dadar) Shreyas Dalvi en route his 254 not out against IES Digambar (Dadar) at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pics/Atul Kamble

I would like to take tomorrow as a fresh day and add on as many runs as I can to my total,” said Rizvi skipper Prithvi. Shreyas is glad that his decision to relocate from his hometown in Sawantwadi (Sindhudurg district) four years ago has paid off.

“Initially when I came to Mumbai in 2009, it took me more than a year to get used to life here. Life away from my family was not easy. Last season, I used to make scores of 80-85 and get out.

Today, I was very nervous as I was approaching the 100-mark. But once, I made got there, I played without any pressure. I hope to score a triple century tomorrow,” said the Class X student, who lives with his uncle Prakash family in Vikhroli.

Anjuman’s Mehtab, Yadav sizzle with centuries
Besides the two double centuries — Rizvi’s Prithvi Shaw (257) and IES Raja Shivaji’s (Dadar) Shreyas Dalvi (254) —  on Day One of the U-16 inter-school Harris Shield tournament yesterday, Anjuman-I-Islam’s (Urdu) Mehtab Ansari (173) and Ashok Yadav (137) also stood out against Swami Vivekanand (Kandivli). Mehtab, the a son of an auto driver in Mumbra, helped Anjuman end the day with a mammoth 393-5, thanks to the 225-run partnership for the fourth wicket between himself and Yadav. “My aim was to score a double hundred,” said Mehtab.

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