When two talented teams come together, an exciting competition is bound to happen. That was exactly the case in the ongoing Harris Shield U16 Tournament. Winning the toss first St.Mary School chose to bat first with an aim of scoring a big target. However, things took a complete U-turn after Anjuman Islam boys displayed a brave performance with the ball. St. Mary School was whistled out for just 71 runs in their first innings & major credit must go to the spin wizardry of Ajit Gaud.
The right-arm off spinner bamboozled the batsman with his brilliant spin & took a stunning fifer in the first innings. Moreover Gaud never allowed a single batsman to settle & he consistently broke partnerships. Ajit Gaud also got able support from Anzar Mirza who also picked up three wickets in the first innings & 2 in the second.
Trailing 71, St. Mary bowled well at the start removing the top order batsman & snapping up early wickets but it was some great late show from and Prashant Mishra who turned out to be the saviors in distress for their team scoring 72 and 43 respectively to lead their team to 231. Anjuman Islam had an upper hand with a lead of 160 runs & the confidence was quite evident looking at their body language on the field. St. Mary batsman again broke down in the 2nd innings against the tight bowling attack of Anjuman Islam boys managing just 121 runs & losing the match by an innings and 39 runs. Ajit Gaud’s magical form continued even in the second innings where he took another 3 wickets to complete his tally of 8 wickets in the match.
Their Coach & ex-India probable Iqbal Thakur who puts in a lot of hard work for his team must be proud of his boys & especially Ajit Gaud after his mesmerizing performance with the ball.