Harris Shield: Team Menon suffer Harsh blows
Don Bosco Matunga pacer Mendon's 4-10 has VK Krishna Menon Academy reeling at 24-7 in Parsee Gym-hosted tie
Don Bosco (Matunga) bounced back from a pre-lunch struggle to enjoy a clear edge over VK Krishna Menon Academy (Borivli) in the MSSA-organised under-16 Harris Shield semi-final at Parsee Gymkhana on Thursday.
After scoring 275 in the first innings, Bosco sent back seven opposition batsmen to have VK Krishna Menon reeling with only 24 on the board at the end of the opening day.
Menon Academy's pacer Vishal Prasad (5-56) dismissed the Matunga school's openers Arya Chowkidar (6) and Sudesh Pednekar (12) by the seventh over of the match.
Aryaraj Nikam and Aman Yadav
Earlier in the day, one-drop batsman Aryaraj Nikam (95, 15x4) and lower order batsman Aman Yadav (86, 10x4, 3x6) came to Don Bosco's rescue after they were struggling at 72 for five.
Their 148-run stand for the sixth wicket was critical to the team's fortunes. Unlike their batsmen, Bosco's bowlers started off well as Menon Academy were three down for just 16 in the sixth over. As their end of Day One score of 24-7 in 13 overs indicates, it was a horror show caused by medium pacer Harsh Mendon (4-10) and Ayush Sawant (2-0).
In the second semi-final at Cross Maidan, defending champions Al Barkaat MMI's (Kurla) off-spinner Aryan Shejule claimed 7 for 23 to help bowl out Parle Tilak Vidyalaya English for 142. Captain Anish More top-scored with 38. Al Barkaat were 75 for four at stumps.
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