Don Bosco's left-arm spinner Rugved Kulkarni took a hat-trick — in fact, four wickets in four balls — as the Matunga school bowled out Hansraj Morarji Public School (Andheri) for 99 on Day One of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) Harris Shield U-16 Elite Division match at Azad Maidan yesterday.
Rugved Kulkarni at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK
The tweaker, who finished with 6-18, claimed the wicket of Mihir Masurkar in the last ball of his first over and then returned to dismiss Aryan Sen, Anirudha Gadkari and Furquan Charolia in the first three balls of his second over as the Andheri school were reduced to 19-6 at one stage. A fighting 76 from Satyak Patel however, saw Hansraj Morarji reach 99.
In reply, the Bosco boys were 189-2 at stumps. Rugved, who joined Don Bosco last year from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Chembur) to pursue a career in cricket, was ecstatic with his feat. "It feels great to take four wickets in four balls. I have performed consistently in earlier matches too, but never expected this. I hope we are able to win this match by a comfortable margin now," said the 14-year-old Rugved.
Meanwhile, in another Harris Shield encounter, off-spinner Faisal Patel took 6-13 as Anjuman-I-Islam, Urdu (CST) bowled out Paranjape Vidyalaya (Andheri) for a paltry 46. In reply, the CST school were all out for 182. In their second innings, the Andheri school were 109-4 at stumps with Faisal claiming 2-41.