Maharashtra overcame Baroda by three runs in a nail-biter to make a clean sweep in the Ramakant Desai Trophy (West Zone) league cricket tournament and qualify for the knockouts at the top of the table.
Maharashtra thus won the trophy for the second time since its inception in 1993-94. Their earlier triumph was in 2002-03 in Pune, where also they had won all their four matches.
At Wankhede Stadium
Maharashtra 261 for 8 in 50 overs (Pravin Deshetty 25, Sridharan Sriram 53, Nikhil Paradkar 42, Rohit Motwani 38, Sairaj Bahutule 33*; Ketan Panchal 2-46) bt Baroda 258 all out 46.1 overs (Pinal Shah 99, Rakesh Patel 28; Shrikant Mundhe 2-51; Anupam Sanklecha 2-30, Sairaj Bahutule 2-41, Sridharan Sriram 2-22)
At Brabourne Stadium
Saurashtra 222 for 9 in 50 overs (Chirag Pathak 81; Mohnish Parmar 4-41) bt Gujarat 216 all out in 49.3 overs (Bhavik Thaker 45; Rakesh Dhruve 3-58)
Final points tally: Maharashtra 18, Mumbai 13, Baroda 8, Saurashtra 2, Gujarat –2.
Note: Maharashtra and Mumbai qualify for the national knockouts.
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