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U-16 Inter-club cricket in Pune: Deccan win final-ball thriller

Spinner duo scalp seven wickets to overcome Ranjane

pune Updated: May 14, 2019 15:57 IST
Manzoor Ahmad
Manzoor Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,U-16,Inter-club cricket
Deccan’s Atharva Khole hits a straight drive during the match against Ranjane at the Captain Shivrampant Vishnu Damle trophy cricket tournament at Katariya high school ground on Monday. (RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO )

Deccan Gymkhana’s strong bowling department powered the team to beat Ranjane Cricket Academy by 6 wickets in a last-ball thriller and qualify for the knockout stage of the Captain Shivrampant Vishnu Damle trophy under-16 inter-club cricket tournament played at the Katariya high school ground, Mukundnagar, on Monday.

Deccan’s Satyam Shinde and Sarvesh Surve bowled an excellent spell, where Surve’s right arm off spin (3-0-27-3) and right arm leg spinner Shinde (4-0-25-4) scalped seven wickets and keep the run rate in check.

The last over of the match was evenly poised with Deccan needing five runs to win. The first four runs were scored easily in the four balls before Deccan’s Udhay Pawar got out at 19.5 overs with 1 run remaining to score for a win. Pawar’s dismissal bought a new batsman Atharva Wani to crease who had to hit the winning run in the last ball. Wani gently pushes the last delivery towards the cover and runs towards the other side with an easy chance of a run out if the fielder has thrown the ball at the non-striker end.

Batting first, Ranjane started off on a good opening partnership of 72 runs with Mitrajeet Nimbalkar (46 of 35) and Ojas Betawadkar (27 of 28) after Deccan won the toss and elected to field first. The other batsmen failed to remain on the crease for long and the team’s middle order collapsed in front of spinner duo. Ranjane players were unable to build partnership and with nine down with 138 on board in the allotted 20 overs.

The team could not score regular runs after Betawadkar was dismissed at 10.2 overs at 72 runs on score board followed by the dismissal of Nimbalkar in the next over when the score was 78. Rachit Vora and Advik Pavgi’s 11 runs each, helped Ranjane to end with a total score of 138-9, including 12 extras.

Chasing the target of 139, Deccan played a few good partnerships till the end, including Yash Bormani (30 of 16), Yash Ghare (11 of 13), Atharva Khole 38 not out from 40 and Pawar’s 34 of 40.

“The ball was coming easily on to the bat, so I was telling bowlers to pitch the last ball outside the off stump and had placed all the fielders inside the circle to save the last run and aim for the super over. Our team played very well, but we need to focus on the middle order and bowling departments,” said Nimbalkar, captain of Ranjane side.

Vyom Kulkarni, captain, Deccan Gymkhana, said, “It was a thrilling last-ball game. Our team did well in all departments to make it to the knockouts.”

Meanwhile, in the first match, Dhole Patil Cricket Academy secured an eight-wicket win over Gaikwad Cricket Academy. It turned out be an easy outing for Dhole Patil boys as they secured victory in 9.2 0vers after restricting Gaikwad Cricket Academy for 96/8 in the allotted 20 overs.

Opener Aayush Divase played an anchor role by scoring 39 runs in 26 balls and was well supported by Umesh Chavan who scored 22 runs. The duo added 61 runs in 34 for the first-wicket stand and helped the team secure a comfortable victory. Aayush Divase 39 (26b), Umesh Chavan 22 (19b) and Dhunal Gawali (2-26) were the other contributors.

Gaikwad Cricket Academy 96 for 8 in 20 overs (Soham Gurav 14 (24b), Atharva Tikone 14 (20b), Raj Das (2-18) lost to Dhole Patil Cricket Academy 97 for 2 in 9.2 overs (Aayush Divase 39 (26b), Umesh Chavan 22 (19b), Dhunal Gawali 2-26)

Man of the match: Aayush Divase

Ranjane Cricket Academy 138 for 9 in 20 overs (Mitrajeet Nimbalkar 46 (35b), Ojas Batawadkar 23 (28b), Manas Kondhare 9 (13b), Advik Pavgi 2-32) lost to Deccan Gymkhana by 6 wickets in 20 overs ( Yash Bormani 30 (16b), Atharva Khole 38 not-out (40b), Uday Pawar 34 (40b) Satyam Shinde 4-25, Sarvesh Surve 3-27)

First Published: May 14, 2019 15:52 IST