U-14 Giles Shield: Wankhede pitch spits fire as 17 wickets fall in a single day

Batting first, defending champions Rizvi Springfield (Khar) were bowled out for a mere 111 as Al Barkaat MMI’s (Kurla) left-arm pacer Javed Sharif finished with a maiden five-wicket haul


The opening day of the three-day Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised U-14 Giles Shield final witnessed a fiery Wankhede pitch as seventeen wickets fell on the first day of the match between Al Barkaat MMI (Kurla) and Rizvi Springfield (Khar) on January 22.

The defending champions, Rizvi were bowled out for a mere 111, after left-arm pacer Javed Sharif achieved his first five-wicket haul (5-45). Later in the match, Al Barkaat were struggling at 83-7, as they were trailing Rizvi Springfield by 28 runs. At stumps, No. 4 batsman Yaseen Saudagar remained undaunted and unbeaten on 26.

While Al Barkaat’s Javed Sharif managed to derail the Rizvi batsmen, the Rizvi bowlers also capitalised on the conditions and right-arm pacer Ravi Gupta (3-14) dismissed the top order batsmen for ducks.

However, Yaseen and Prem Lingre managed a patient 113-ball 39-run stand for the fourth wicket and steadied the ship for Al Barkaat. But the match was brought in favour for Springfield after off-spinner Nishit Balla (3-4) claimed the wickets of Lingre (26) and Aryan Shejule (14).