Mazgaon Dock win a Shipping Shield match by 572 runs
It was a proud day for Mazgaon Dock's captain Umesh Rane yesterday as the veteran cricketer witnessed a 572-run victory for his team over Dacsher (Air Freight) in a 45-over Sheth Narottamdas Morarji Shipping Shield game at Azad Maidan
Mazgaon Dock went on to score 614 for five, a total which included 120 runs earned because the opposition fell eight overs short of the required rate.
Opening batsmen Santosh Pawaskar (151) and Mayur Gharat (189) tormented the opposing bowlers before Amit Jadhav (41) and Mahesh Mhatre (23) stayed unbeaten.
Memorable: Mazgaon Dock’s cricket team members pose with the scoreboard at Azad Maidan yesterday
Marcus Couto, who umpired the game with Mr Vagal, was reminded of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli’s 664-run stand in schools cricket way back in 1988. “The way the batsmen were belting the ball, I could not help draw similarities with the strokeplay of Sachin and Vinod,” said Couto.
More trouble was in store for Dacsher as they were dismissed for 42 (a total cricket lovers will remember as India’s lowest Test score — against England at Lord’s in 1974).
Pace bowler Mahesh Mhatre (3-10), off-spinner Ganesh Mhatre (3-6) and left-arm spinner Vikas Chavan, who claimed two wickets, contributed in the bowling department.
The 572-run victory must rank as one of the biggest, if not the largest margin in city cricket.