Purshottam Shield: MIG captain Almeida scores first triple century in history
MIG Cricket Club (MIG CC) skipper Kevin Almeida entered his name in the record books by scoring the Purshottam Shield's first triple ton against Dadar Parsee Colony Sports Club (DPC SC) yesterday
MIG CC's Kevin after scoring 301 not out vs Dadar Parsee Colony SC at MIG Ground in Bandra yesterday. Pic/Prakash Parsekar
MIG Cricket Club (MIG CC) skipper Kevin Almeida entered his name in the record books by scoring the Purshottam Shield's first triple ton against Dadar Parsee Colony Sports Club (DPC SC) yesterday. Riding on Almeida's unbeaten 301, MIG CC beat DPC SC by 318 runs.
The prestigious tournament conducted by PJ Hindu Gymkhana is in its 101st year. Cricketing greats from the city, starting from Vijay Merchant to Sachin Tendulkar, played in it.
Playing on their home ground, MIG, after winning the toss, scored a mammoth 582 for three in 70 overs. Opener Almeida, who batted for 307 minutes, facing 232 balls, hit 28 boundaries and 15 sixes during his unbeaten knock. Sumit Ghadigaonkar's 125-ball 173 (19x4 and 5x6) and Onkar Jadhav's unbeaten 51 were the other notable contributors.
Kevin, the perfect partner
Almeida, who recently scored 142 not out against DY Patil Sports Academy in the Police Shield, was involved in two vital stands. First, he added 304 runs with Ghadigaonkar for the second wicket. Later he stitched an unbeaten 180-run partnership with Jadhav for the fourth wicket.
Chasing the massive total, DPC managed to score only 264 in their allotted overs. Heram Parab and Pranav Kela contributed well by scoring 54 and 42 respectively. Mumbai left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil, who played his first match after recovering from his finger injury, claimed five for 60.
"I was batting on 160 on Saturday and wanted to score around 200 to 250. But it was Onkar (Jadhav) who pushed me to get my first 300 by boosting my confidence. Instead of concentrating on his batting, he started counting every single that I took after 200.
He also started giving me more strike by taking singles and I got my triple hundred on the second-last ball of the innings," Almeida, whose earlier highest score was 209 against Young Maharashtra CC in the same tournament in 2013, told mid-day yesterday.
'It's a huge achievement'
PJ Hindu Gymkhana's cricket secretary Maulik Merchant said: "This is the first time in the tournament's 101-year history that a batsman has scored a triple ton. It's a huge achievement."
Former Mumbai cricketer and MIG CC cricket secretary Amit Dani hailed Almeida's record. "He played a splendid knock and I am happy that our club's cricketer has created a record. It's a great feat to reach 300 in a 70-over game," said Dani.
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