Southpaw spinners shine in Harris Shield

Southpaw spinners hit the high notes

Left-arm spinners hit the right notes while batsmen struggled to find their feet on Day Three of the Harris Shield Elite Group opening round at Cross Maidan and Shivaji Park yesterday. Three bowlers finished with five wicket hauls, while the lone batsman to shine was Don Bosco Matunga's Bhupen Lalwani, who scored 75.

Shardashram Vidyamandir's Ankit Naik delivers a ball at the Cross
Maidan yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

Shardashram Vidyamandir's (Marathi) left-arm spinner Ankit Naik scalped six Don Bosco (Matunga) wickets to help his team register an outright win. Bhupen's effort went in vain as they kept losing wickets at the other end. Lalwani's knock included 11 fours. 

Ankit, who starred in Shardashram's win, is hungry for more. "From being 12th man to the main bowler of the team feels really good. But I will try and get as many wickets as possible to help my team get back its reputation. On the personal front, I hope this performance helps me to seal a berth in the Mumbai U-16 team," said the Byculla boy.

Meanwhile at Shivaji Park, tweaker Sidak Singh's 6-52 helped Rizvi Springfield register an easy win over Anjuman- I-Islam Allana English (CST) -- by an innings and 25 runs. Sidak was miserly as 13 of his 17 overs were maidens.

IES V N Sule Guruji's (Dadar) Hairabh Parab claimed 5 for 25 to star in an 81-run win over Oxfords Public School (Kandivli).

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