Payyade Sports Club clinches Kanga League title

Payyade Sports Club recorded a first innings victory over Young Friends to win the ‘A’ Division of the Dr HD Kanga Cricket League yesterday at Cross Maidan.

Leading the table with 15 points, this is their first ever title in the ‘A’ Division. They have been playing in the premier division after winning the ‘B’ Division Championship in 2008.

Payyade SC’s Usman Malvi (left), Musavir Khote and Paul Valthaty (right) celebrate their win against Young Friends in the Dr HD Kanga League ‘A’ Division at Cross Maidan yesterday. Pic/Satyajit Desai 

Payyade were set a score of 174 for the vital first innings points in just 17 overs. However, they reached 200 for 4. An all-round performance by Musavir Khote (5 for 45 and 62 not out), and Paul Valthaty’s 33-ball 62 was instrumental in their victory.

Payyade captain Omkar Khanvilkar attributed their maiden Kanga League ‘A’ Division title to a fine team effort. “There’s a great atmosphere in the dressing room. We enjoy each other’s company and performances. We’ve gelled really well,” he said.

Khanvilkar added that his team was just carrying forward their momentum from previous successes. “We recently won the Police, Comrade and Talim Shields. So, we were in good form and carried forward that momentum,” he said. In other matches, Karnataka SA, who were in the race for the championship at the beginning of the day with 12 points, drew with Shivaji Park Youngsters. Meanwhile, Virendra Kambli’s century for Apollo went in vain as they lost to Mumbai Police. His knock of 102 off 120 balls included a six and 14 fours. At Matunga, Victory batted through the day to score 321 for six against Parkophene.

(With inputs from Jaideep Vaidya)

Brief scores
Apollo 197 (Virendra Kambli 102; Ahmed Khan 5 for 42) lost to Mumbai Police 234 for 5 (Swapnil Kule 86 no).
MIG 221 for 5 decl. (Sumit Ghadigaonkar 79) drew with New Hind 211 for 7 (Parag Madgaikar 54).
Shivaji Park Youngsters 191 for 6 decl. (Sanket Yadav 62) drew with Karnataka 64 for 1.
Shivaji Park Gymkhana 181 for 7 decl. (Siddhesh Kinlekar 63) drew with National 92 for 4 (Sagar Pawar 43).
Fort Vijay 204 (Gaurav Chavan 59, Aniket Redkar 4 for 69) drew with
CCI 92 for 2).
Victory 321 for 6 (Rajiv Mehra 99 no, Saurabh Netrawalkar 3 for 94) drew with Parkophene. 

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