Rizvi Springfield became the first team in the 115-year history of the Harris Shield to be declared winners by the virtue of better quotient (79.55).The quotient rule was applied since VN Sule Guruji, in reply to Rizvi's 716 for nine, scored 406 for seven without completing their first innings. This was the Bandra team's fourth straight U-16 Elite Division inter-school title.
Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) players celebrates after winning the Harris
Shield final against VN Sule Guruji High School at the Cricket Club of
India yesterday. This was their fourth title on the trot. Pic/Suresh KK
The Dadar team made a great comeback after they were left reeling at 185 for four on Day Three. Overnight batsmen Onkar Jadhav (193) and Pranav Kela (75) shared a 241-run fifth wicket partnership. "I felt hurt as we came so close to winning but still lost the match. Pranav's dismissal changed the face of the game. I did all that I could, but it wasn't enough," rued Jadhav.
Sigh of relief
Rizvi skipper Prithvi Shaw heaved a sigh of relief. "We were almost on the verge of losing as we were not being able to break their fifth wicket partnership. And the pressure was mounting on us despite scoring 716. But I'm glad that we won in the end."
Rizvi's left-arm-spinner Sidak Singh, who took the all-important sixth wicket, criticised the wicket. "Our bowlers didn't bowl well till lunch. Also the flat wicket was not helping us, but after medium pacer Danish Mansoori took the fifth wicket, it released the pressure on us," he said.