Ryan International ICSE's (Malad) Urvil Shah and Anjuman-I-Islam Allana English's (Fort) Arslan Shaikh were the star performers during the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) Harris Shield inter-school cricket tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday.
Urvil Shah and Arslan Shaikh. Pics/Atul Kamble
Urvil, who scored 100, helped the Malad school register a 51-run win over St Joseph (Malad) to enter the quarter-final of the tournament. Urvil shared a 151-run fourth-wicket partnership with Shrey Desai (66) and his 135-ball knock was laced with 11 boundaries.
Riding on Urvil's knock, Ryan International made 232-7 in the stipulated 45 overs. Their spin duo of Naif Shaikh (off spinner) and Vatsal Jain (leg spinner) then scalped 4-32 and 3-39 respectively to ensure that the opposition was bowled out for 181 runs in 41.5 overs.
Meanwhile, Anjuman defeated Oxford Public School (Kandivli) by 233 runs. Anjuman skipper Arslan hit nine boundaries to score 98. Riding on his 74-ball knock, Anjuman posted a total of 302-6. The Fort school's nine-year-old left-arm spinner, Musheer Khan, then claimed five wickets for just 34 runs to bowl out the Kandivli school for just 69 runs.
After the victory, Ryan International's Urvil said that he was looking forward to beating Gundecha Education (Kandivli) in the quarter-final tomorrow. "We lost to Gundecha in the first round of the Giles Plate Division last year. I hope that this time around we play well and defeat them," said Urvil.
Ryan International coach Anil Jaiswal was content with his team's performance. "Considering that our boys play on a comparatively smaller ground in school, I am really happy with the team's performance today. It's just been two years that our school is participating in the Harris and Giles Shield tournaments."