Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) continued their domination in schools cricket by winning their sixth consecutive Mumbai Schools Sports Association-Harris Shield Elite Division title at Bombay Gymkhana yesterday.
Job well done: Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) players return to the pavilion after bowling out IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) for 167 on Day Four of the Harris Shield final at Bombay Gymkhana yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK.
The Bandra school beat IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) on Day Four of the final by virtue of a first innings lead. This was also the third time they defeated the Dadar school in the final.
Rizvi spinner Sidak Singh in action on Day Four of the Harris Shield final against IES VN Sule Guruji at Bombay Gymkhana yesterday. The left-arm spinner took an impressive 7-62. Pic/Suresh KK.
Sule Guruji, who resumed on their overnight score of 91 for five chasing Rizvi’s first innings total of 310, were bowled out for 167 in 70.3 overs. Rizvi tweaker Sidak Singh was the pick of the bowlers with 7-62. Of the 25.3 overs the left-arm spinner bowled six maidens.
Yesterday, Sidak accounted for the wickets of Omkar Rane (27), Rishikesh Padwal (24), Darshan Padave (5), Dhruva Vedak (12) and Parth Sawant (0). In the second essay, Rizvi were 96-5 in 24.1 overs. Rizvi skipper Prithvi Shaw lauded his teammates. “I could not score in the final, but my teammates took up the responsibility to ensure we defeated Sule Guruji. This is my last year in school cricket, I am glad it has ended on a winning note.”
Sule Guruji skipper Yash Bhojane blamed his team’s poor fielding for the defeat. “Our fielding was shoddy. I personally take the blame as I fumbled and couldn’t bat too. It is a shame that we couldn’t score the 300-odd runs needed and managed just 167. This was our best chance to win the title.”