Shreeraj Gharat takes Don Bosco to win

Jan 03, 2014, 09:01 IST | Sundari Iyer

Don Bosco's off-spinner takes a brilliant 5 wickets for 42 runs as Matunga lads stun last season's runner-up IES VN Sule Guruji I the Giles Shield tournament

Don Bosco off-spinner Shreeraj Gharat’s all-round performancehelped the Matunga team register a four-wicket win against last season’s runner-up IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) on Day Threeof their Mumbai Schools Sports Association Giles Shield EliteDivision match at Azad Maidan yesterday.

Don Bosco’s off-spinner Shreeraj Gharat
Don Bosco’s off-spinner Shreeraj Gharat during the Giles Shield tie against IES VN Sule Guruji at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Shadab Khan

In reply to Sule Guruji’s 190 all out in the first innings, Gharat scored a fine century (104) as Don Bosco were bowled out for 292 on Day Two. Yash Patil (101) was the other centurion for Don Bosco. Yesterday, Gharat came up with an inspiring five-wicket haul (five for 42) as Sule Guruji were bowled out for 158 in their second stint, leaving the Matunga side a 57-run target to win, which they achieved losing six wickets. Sule Guruji’s Fahad Patel waged a lone battle as he scored 40 runs in the second innings.

Yesterday Shreeraj accounted for the wickets of Sumedh Kamble (29), Jai Modi (22), Anmol Tare (10), Rohit Mane (5) and Shantanu Kadam (0). He was ably supported by left-arm spinner Rugved Kulkarni, who finished with eight wickets in the match (4-64 & 4-63). Shreeraj was particularly pleased with his bowling performance. “I am basically a batsman.

Today, the wicket was a bit dusty and offered a lot of turn. Our pace bowlers were unable to take wickets. That’s when our coach (Rohan Nagwekar) asked me to bowl. Once I got Sule Guruji captain Sumedh, I knew I would do well. Performing against a team like Sule Guruji, who have been former champions here, was most satisfying. I hope we enter the final this year,” said the 13-year-old, who has scored 430 runs and taken six wickets in two Giles Shield matches this far.

Elsewhere, Yashasvi Jaiswal of Anjuman-I-Islam (Urdu), took five for 40 in the second innings to help the CST school beat IES Raja Shivaji (Dadar) by an innings and 368 runs. In the first innings, leg-spinner Jaiswal had taken eight wickets besides scoring an unbeaten 319 runs.

Swami won it!

In the story headlined ‘Paranjape Vidyalaya win’ (Page 20 of Thursday’s edition), the headline erroneously states that Paranjape won their Giles Shield match against Swami Vivekanand International (Borivli). The error is regretted.

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